0.00km – with your back to the tourist office, TURN RIGHT and head along the path adjacent to main road (Caution: this road is busy)
0.30km – Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD ignoring the road on left ascending. Follow sign for ‘La Panthiez’. The pavement ends, continue on gravel path beside road. Be careful as the road is very busy at times.
0.60km – Come to ‘La Fruitiere’, TURN RIGHT here (at the large metal cow statue), leaving the main road behind you, take a stoney descending path in the direction of the river.
1.20km – Come to Pont du Banfin (1000m). TURN LEFT here following signs for ‘Col de Bassachaux’. The river will now be on your right-hand side. Ignore the bridge on your right and continue to follow signs for ‘La Panthiez’. You will start to see signs for ‘Reserve du Mont Grange’ which you will soon be walking in.
1.80km – Arrive at ‘La Panthiez’ (1010). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following the gravel path and keeping the river on your right. Follow signs for ‘Col de Bassachaux’ (5 hr 50mins)
2.70km – Arrive at ‘Pont du Moulin’ (1018m). TURN RIGHT crossing the bridge and joining a narrow tarmac road.
2.90km – BEAR LEFT following red and white markers and signs for ‘Refuge de Trebentaz’ (2 hrs 50mins), follow the stoney path as it ascends through trees.
3.40km – Come to bench and water point on your right. Just after there is a bridge from which you get great views of a waterfall. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD crossing the bridge and follow the path as it ascends steeply. This is the start of a more or less constant ascent until you reach Col de Mattes.
4.00km – Leave the stoney path and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on a shaded forest path following the red and white markers intermittently painted on trees. The path can become narrow at parts with a drop. Take care, especially if wet underfoot.
4.50km – Come to a small gate and BEAR LEFT following the grassy path and a sign for ‘Les Crottes’. There is a fence on your left hand side, running adjacent to the path. Come to sign for ‘Sur Bayard’ (1220m)
4.80km – BEAR LEFT through gate ignoring the path veering right. Immediately after the gate, TURN RIGHT following sign for ‘Les Crottes’
4.85km – A few meters after, TURN LEFT following the red and white markers on the tree. Ignore the narrow gate and path on right. The path here can be muddy and narrow at parts, do take care. Continue to follow for about 2km, keeping an eye out for waymarkers and following the path.
6.80km – Arrive at ‘Chalets des Crottes’ (1550m). TURN LEFT following marker and faint grassy path. After a few meters, TURN RIGHT and follow the narrow path toward the chalet on your left.
7.30km – Come to another, more modern, sign for ‘Chalet des Crottes’ (1529m) and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following signs for ‘Chalet de la Torrens’ (45mins). Ascend on the grassy path.
8.00km – Continue to follow the path as it opens up. Knee high bracken flanks the path.
8.20km – BEAR RIGHT following the path as it crosses a small stream and then continue to follow the path as it ascends. Come to an open field and continue on the faint grassy path as it heads towards the chalet in the distance.
8.60km – Arrive at ‘Chalet de Torrenz’ where you can fill up your water bottle. BEAR RIGHT past the Chalet following signs for ‘Les Mattes’ (40mins) and red and white markers on the chalet itself.
9.50km – Come to a wire fence, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD through the gap in the fence, on the rocky path.
9.80km – Arrive at Col de Mattes (1930m). Enjoy panoramic views to ‘Les Dents Blanches’ in front of you. When you are ready to move on, continue STRAIGHT AHEAD across the field following the faint grassy path and the sign for ‘Col de Bassachaux’ (2 hr 50 mins). Stay right of the dairy farm, then BEAR RIGHT on the wide grassy path as it descends and zig zags down the hill.
11.10km – Path becomes quite indistinct here as it goes through a cow field which has been well trodden by said cows. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD keeping an eye out for the distinct path on the other side.
11.50km – Come to ‘Le Pron’ (1741m). The path here is quite damaged with many different small paths being created by walkers, but most likely by cows as the ascend and descend the hillside. BEAR RIGHT following signs for ‘Lenlevay’ (1hr 5mins). Keep the chalets to your left.
11.80km – Come to a gate with a large coil. Go through it and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD ignoring the path which is turning at a sharp left angle. The path is rugged and can be muddy in places.
12.20km – Come to another coiled gate and go through it leaving the narrow stoney path behind. TURN RIGHT and join the rocky single track road as it ascends. This is ‘Ruisseau de l’Etrye’ 1660m. Follow sign for Lenlevay (55mins)
12.60km – Follow the rough road into a dairy farm (buildings on your left). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following the sign for Levenay and ascend. There are views to your left of the town of La Ravine and to your right is the Mont de Grange, at the foot of which you are walking. If you look behind you, on a clear day you will see the dairy farm at Col de Mattes, from where you have descended.
13.90km – Come to a sign for alt.1840m. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following sign for Lenlevay (15 mins). Views to ski resorts on your left.
14.70km – Come to a dairy farm (this is Lenlevay but there is no signpost for it yet!) There is a water point to your left. Otherwise, BEAR RIGHT and descend on rocky path to continue.
14.90km – Come to a sign for Lenlevay (1733m). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD ascending gently and follow signs for ‘Col de Bassachaux (1 hour 5mins). For the next 2.5 km, the path is very easy going and flat for the most part, enjoy!
17.40km – Arrive at ‘Les Grands Plan Haut’ (1664m). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD but leave the wide rocky path and join the faint grassy path. Be careful as this path may be easy to miss! The path gently ascends however can be boggy in places.
18.50km – Reach a tarmac road and sign for Col de Bassachaux (1775m). TURN RIGHT following the sign for ‘Col de Bassachaux – 5 mins’ and follow the tarmac road. After a few meters, pass through a car park following a sign for ‘Le Lac Vert’ (1 hr 30mins). The restaurant Haute Bise is on your left. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on gravel path into trees.
20.30km- Arrive at ‘La Lambe’ (1820m). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following sign for ‘Col de Chesery’ (50mins)
20.50km – Ignore the path veering left and continue STRAIGHT AHEAD, passing a dairy farm and ski lift station on your left.
21.2km – Come to Chaux Fleurie (1800m). Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD carefully crossing the mountain bike path.
22.30km – Ignore the path on your left which is for mountain bikers. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD on path and keeping an eye out for red and white markers.
22.90km- Don’t worry! The hut you can see high up on the mountain in front of you is not your overnight location. It belongs to the ski lift. This ski area stretches over to Switzerland too and it is one of the biggest ski areas in the Alps.
23.40km – Arrive at some signage which you may notice has changed in appearance. This is the very understated French/Swiss border! Swiss signage is yellow with black writing. Continue STRAIGHT AHEAD following the sign for Refuge de Chesery.
24.00km- FINISH: Arrive at your overnight location, the wonderfully located ‘Refuge de Chesery’