While primarily a ski resort, Châtel is home to some beautiful hiking trails when the snow melts during the summer season.
The difficulty of these trails varies, so there’s something for all skill levels! Be wary, as some trails aren’t recommended for family hikes or children.
Below are some of the top hiking trails in and near Châtel.
Lac De Conche
One of the easier trails on the list, Lac de Conche. The round-trip of the lake will take you around 45 minutes.
Definitely one for the family and kids, this entry is less of a hike and more of a light walk. You can start the walk by taking the Super Chatel cable car, an easy way to reach the high peaks of the Alps; perfect for picture taking and a great way to see the snowy peaks in Switzerland, such as Les Dents du Midi.
Relaxed and calming, the Lac de Conche is one to visit on a low-key day out in the sunshine, in sight of some incredible Alpine views.
Tour Mont De Grange
A complete 360 from the previous entry, the tour of the mountain is only for the fit and experienced. Boasting incredible views of the region, this is a tough but highly rewarding hike.
The walk itself is around 33km and will take a full day to complete. So, it isn’t one to be approached lightly!
Col du Saix
The beginning of this trail is located in Petit Châtel, which is within walking distance of the main village.The trail takes roughly 3 and a half hours,with the maximum altitude being about 1531 meters. That being said, it can still be done by beginner hikers and families. The hike is steep, but not so steep to render it impossible.
The area provides a great view of the Alps and the village below the mountains, making it an excellent stopping point for a picnic.
Morgins, in Switzerland rather than France, is only a five-minute drive from Châtel and the river path is an easy stroll; suited for beginners or families. The trail isn’t too physically strenuous and rewards you with some spectacular scenery.
Le Tour des Dents Du Midi
Another one for the experienced hikers amongst us, the hiking in this region has varied terrain with a range of streams, forests and high mountain tops, so the views are extraordinary throughout.
There are a number of 1 to several day walking options with the most popular being the climb to the Haute Cime at 3257 metres. Amazing views aside, the full day’s hike is a test to both endurance and will.
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