Hiking is one of our favourite summer activities, and here in Morzine we are lucky enough to be surrounded by an endless amount of breathtaking views and mountain peaks. There are 3 peaks in particular that dominate our skyline, and at over 2000m high each they all make for a great day out (allow between 4 – 5 hours for a round trip including lunch stop).
For a real test of endurance and a huge sense of achievement you could tackle them all in one day (around 3,500M vertical gain over 25km)! This season a local ski guide (Paddy Morris) is organising a 3 peaks challenge event to take place on 22nd / 23rd September – watch this space for more details. If you are feeling up to the challenge plan for an early start, pack a big picnic, plenty of snacks and don’t forget the suncream!
Any one of these peaks is an achievement in itself however, so whether you attempt one, two or all three over your holiday you will head home with fond memories, tired legs and a great sense of achievement.
A steep but rewarding 7 km climb; you head up through the trees before coming out to a clearing with a cluster of small wooden chalets. This approximately marks midway up and a great spot for a snack stop. Its then straight on up to the summit at 2173M, from where where you will reap stunning views across the Portes Du Soleil area and out to Mont Blanc.
Starting either from the Nyon car park or the Pleney lift (for a longer start) this hike makes its way up past the powerful cascade de Nyon, and from there signs for Pointe de Nyon will lead you up a steep ascent winding in and out of the woods before hitting the Nyon Plataeu. Be sure to save some energy for the final haul as this follows a route that in winter is a red ski piste! This brings you out at the top where you will reach a height of 2019m with stunning views in every direction.
Nantaux can be started from different points, either Montriond or Essert la Pierre. The montriond side is the ‘classic’ route and leads you straight up the ‘KMV’ (Kilometre Vertical) making this one a real leg burner. The path brings you out to the ridgeline, where your tired legs will be grateful as the path becomes more undulating on the lead up to the summit at 2170M.
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