MTB trail: Col de la Forclaz via La Charme
Difficulty : hardRound trip timing : 2h00Distance : 0mStarting point altitude : 1794mHighest point : 1533mElevation gain : 280mElevation losses : 1090mPoint of interest with lifts
From the heights of Bellevue cable car, cross the Bellevue plateau along the 4X4 track then go down towards the Col de Voza;-. Alternatively, from Le Prarion cable car, go down to the Col de Voza.
Identical for the descent as far as the Col de Voza.
From there, go up to the pastures of Le Prarion along the 4x4 track as far as the junction marked La Charme.
Once at the La Charme pastures, you will have a splendid, uninterrupted view over the Mont Blanc plain and the Contamines-Montjoie valley.
Carry on along the 4x4 track, an easy route that is flat at first then descends to Le Plancert ski-tow corner pylon.
From there, head up to the Col de la Forclaz. The downward route from the Col de la Forclaz is very steep at first, until the first right-hand bend. From there, leave the 4x4 track and carry on along the footpath to Charousse, a beautiful Alpine pasture.
You'll then meet the 4x4 track again. At Côte des Chavants, it becomes a tarred road, at which point you will almost be back at the resort.
Recommended period *
Subject to favorable weather.