Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains - always be prepared and carry appropriate clothing; warm as well as waterproof layers, hat and gloves etc. Please see your information pack for a detailed packing list.
The descent after Col de Bise is steep and can be slippy. Make sure you have walking boots with good grip and a pair of walking poles. Take your time and take plenty of breaks if feeling tired.
Today you will be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Tips and hints
Food available at Montreux and Chalets de Bise. Plenty of water refill points throughout the day.
Points of Interest
1) Novel - A pretty hamlet that dates back 700 years. The entire village was destroyed in a fire in 1924 and rebuilt. The village remained quite islolated until 1930 when the road from St. Gingolph was built. The church is particularly charming.
2) Hotel Le Grammot - during WW2, the hotel (now a bar/resturant in Novel) was the scene of an assault by the resistance who were attempting to seize the weapons of Italian customs officers staying in the hotel. Two of the resistance fighters lost their lives. Reprisals were only avoided by the intervention of the Duchess of Vendôme.
3) Le parc a daims -Upon entering La Chapelle d'Abondance, you will pass the parc a daims, or deer park. Given as a gift to the mayor of the town in the 1970's, the deer have lived here ever since. You are likely to spot them as you walk past.
This tour is available on the following itineraries:
Today you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Novel where you will start today's walk.
If you can't walk today due to illness, injury or weather, you can travel with your bags to La Chapelle d'Abondance. Please let the taxi company and Macs Adventure know with as much notice as possible if this is the case.
Good waterproof boots are a must and walking poles are highly recommended. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack or packed lunch.
This walk is quite exposed so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen on hot days.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.