Itineraries and guide

The Grand Massif is ideal walking country. There are footpaths along the banks of the Giffre, half-day walks and opportunities to meet local people and find out about their lifestyle and traditions. You can also go on a nature ramble to see the flora and faunaor learn about the traditional use of plants (edible plants and minor first aid) etc.

The Syndicat de la Vallée du Haut Giffre (Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt Fer à Cheval, Verchaix) has published a walkers' guide through Editions "Edisud" containing a large number of walks of which twenty or more are suitable for all ages. They vary in time from one hour to three and a half hours (Walks 1 to 19). The guide is an invitation to see our most cherished and most beautiful places - our nature environment and our living and historic heritage. It's designed for your pleasure -and for the pleasure of future generations. Available in Samoëns' shops: 15 €.

If you can read French, you can visit their website, which is full of useful information on walking and MTB itineraries :

The Syndicat Intercommunal d'Etude et d'Aménagement du Grand Massif (SIEAGM - Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt Fer à Cheval, Arâches, Magland and Passy) also publishes a map of walking trails available from shops in Samoëns: 7.50 €

The following walks are given only as suggestions and should not, under any circumstances, be seen as an official list. We recommend that you buy an updated guidebook or map and, most importantly, that you check out the weather forecast before you start.

Hiking books and maps can be bought at the Tourist office : see our Shop page for more details.

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Walk No. 35 - La Buvette du Trot - L'Aouille du Criou


This hike takes you to the summit of the Criou, the symbolic mountain towering over the town of Samoëns. There is a breathtaking...

Walk No. 6 - La Bourgeoise


This walk is suitable for all on a mountain trail, and it provides some exceptional views of Mont Blanc.

Tour of the Dents Blanches


Managed by the International Association for Tour of the Dents Blanches (AITDB), this Franco-Swiss tour takes you on a route that is...

Crossing the Alps - GR 5 - Samoëns - Chalet d'Anterne


This hike is on the famous "Grande Traversée des Alpes". It permises to discover different landscapes, enjoy breathtaking views.

Walks in the mountain using the skilifts to Samoëns 1600


Thanks to the opening of skilifts this summer, you can go walking with your family and discover some different, breathtaking panoramic...

Crossing the Alps - GR 5 - Chardonnière - Samoëns


This hike is on the mythical hike "Grande Traversée des Alpes".

Hike to Lac de Gers


Hike to see an Alpine lake. glades , pastures, carriage road

Climb to Bostan


This hike takes you through mountain pastures to the Bostan hut.

Walk No. 47 - Tour of the Upper Giffre on foot


This superb tour combines several hikes set out in the guide published by the Upper Giffre association.

Tour n°10 - Le Bérouze-Mathonex-Vigny


This walk along quiet roads and footpaths provides a glimpse of life in the valley and some of its traditions, through its chapels,...