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Small Walks The White Thorn Trail

les Epines Blanches
Les Epines Blanches.

Description

The Epines Blanches (above the Tonnaz) offer the scenery of the first route. This circuit will favor the panoramic walk, facing the massif of Mont Blanc and the whole of the Val d'Arly.

Departure: the Tonnaz parking lot. Access: take the Tonnaz road (opposite the Town Hall) up to the hamlet of the same name. Parking area at the exit of the hamlet.

Technical informations

This circuit was updated on: 05/03/2024
5.2 km
1 h 15 mn
min. 99999 m
214 m
214 m

Altimetric profile

Starting point

La Tonnaz , 74120 Praz-sur-Arly
Lat : 45.84003Lng : 6.55583

Date and time

  • From 15/06/2024 to 15/11/2024
  • From 15/06/2025 to 15/11/2025

Additional information

Type of land

Not suitable for strollers

Contact

Phone : 04 50 21 90 57

Email : accueil@mairie-prazsurarly.fr

Open period

From 15/05 to 30/11 : open daily.

Updated by

Office de Tourisme de Praz-sur-Arly - 21/02/2024
www.prazsurarly.com
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Tips

The opportunity to discover the many old farms that mark the course before entering the forest part. Forstier path, equipped with playful panels.

Environments

Mountain location

The Cirkwi brief

Discover Praz-Sur-Arly's Panoramic Hiking Gem
Praz-sur-Arly presents a picturesque experience like no other with the Sentier des Epines Blanches. Designed by the Office de Tourisme, this route offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mont Blanc massif and the Val d'Arly. While embarking on this trek, you are not just walking on a path; you're immersing yourself into a realm of beauty. The trail, complemented with educational signs, winds through the forests atop La Tonnaz, making every step a discovery. Imagine yourself unraveling the wonders of nature, with each turn presenting a new chapter of the mountain's story.

Brief Technical Overview
This route spans approximately 5.2 kilometers, with a notable positive elevation change of around 214 meters. The journey starts above La Tonnaz, demanding a climb that totals to a 55-minute ascent out of the estimated total duration of 1.5 hours for a typical hiker. This calls for a moderate level of fitness due to the elevation gains involved. The technical specs underline a trek that's accessible yet challenging enough to engage those looking to immerse in the alpine environment fully.

Seasonal Hiking Tips & Safety
As your local guide, I recommend tackling the Sentier des Epines Blanches during spring through autumn. Each season paints the landscape in distinct hues, offering unique experiences. For safety, always check the weather before departing. In spring, watch for slippery paths from melting snow. Summer's longer days are perfect for leisurely exploration. Autumn, with its cool air and fewer tourists, is ideal for those seeking solace. Always wear sturdy hiking boots, carry water, and if possible, a map or GPS device. Remember, altitude can affect everyone differently, so pace yourself and enjoy the journey.

Cultural Tapestry of Praz-sur-Arly
Praz-sur-Arly, nestled within the majestic Savoie Mont Blanc region, stands as a testament to Alpine resilience and beauty. The town's story interweaves with the broader narrative of the Savoie region. From its roots in the chapelle de la Thona to the harmonious reconstruction of La croix de la Tonnaz, Praz-sur-Arly embodies a community's spirit against adversities, such as the French annexation. Its history, reflected through landmarks and tales of togetherness, adds depth to your hike within this enchanting terrain.

Weather Patterns and Ideal Visit Times
The climate in Praz-sur-Arly is typical of the Alpine region, characterized by mild summers and cold, snow-laden winters. The best time to embark on the Sentier des Epines Blanches would be between late spring to early autumn. During these months, the weather is most favorable, offering clear skies and comfortable hiking temperatures. However, always be prepared for sudden weather changes, as mountainous areas can be unpredictable. Early morning starts are recommended to fully embrace the day's warmth and beauty.
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