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Confirmed Walkers Le Crêt du Midi

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Crêt du Midi
Credit : Gaël Joncourt

Description

A superb view of all the surrounding mountains, in the heart of the Praz sur Arly mountain pastures.

4:50 including 3:00 climb. Check the weather forecast before heading out.
Pack your backpack with granola bars, enough water, sunglasses, sunscreen, a small first-aid kit and the right clothes for your trek, depending on the season and weather forecast. Always seek advice from mountain professionals.

Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
4h50mn
Dist.
6.4 km
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Altimetric profile

Starting point

Départ Parking des Grabilles , 74120 Praz-sur-Arly
Lat : 45.839817Lng : 6.608663

Date and time

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

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Office de Tourisme de Praz-sur-Arly - 24/05/2024
www.prazsurarly.com
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Open period

From 15/06 to 15/11.

Contact

Phone : + 33 4 50 21 90 28

Email : accueil@mairie-prazsurarly.fr

Type of land

Ground

The Cirkwi brief

Discover the Majestic Hike of Crêt du Midi, Praz-sur-Arly



Embark on a journey to the heart of Praz-sur-Arly's alpine pastures, where the Crêt du Midi offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. This meticulously designed itinerary by the Office of Tourism invites seasoned hikers to a 4 hours and 50 minutes adventure, including a three-hour ascent. Along the way, embrace the rustic charm of La Montagnette, a family-run restaurant housed in a former mountain farm, celebrating the simplicity and seasonality of local cuisine. Immerse yourself in the genuine essence of alpine life, where every step tells a story of natural beauty and culinary tradition.

Brief Technical Overview of the Route



This itinerary, designed for experienced hikers, covers a distance of 6.4 km with a notable positive elevation gain of 787 meters. Starting from the Parking des Grabilles in Praz-sur-Arly, the path challenges participants with steep ascents and variable terrain, culminating at Crêt du Midi's magnificent vantage point. The route demands good physical conditioning and proper hiking gear to navigate the rugged landscape safely. The meticulous design by the Office of Tourism ensures a rewarding journey through the alpine majesty of the region.

Seasonal Tips and Safety Recommendations



As a local guide, I advise hikers to tackle Crêt du Midi from late spring to early autumn, ensuring the paths are clear of snow and safe to navigate. Always check the weather forecast before setting out and carry essential gear, including water, snacks, sunscreen, and a basic first-aid kit. Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures. Respect the environment by staying on marked trails and packing out all trash. In winter, the route requires snowshoes and knowledge of avalanche safety.

Historical and Cultural Significance of Praz-sur-Arly



Praz-sur-Arly, nestled in the heart of the Haute-Savoie department, boasts a rich tapestry of cultural and historical significance. This region, once traversed by traders and pilgrims, is renowned for its Alpine heritage and traditional Savoyard architecture. Over the centuries, it has transformed from a pastoral community into a vibrant tourist destination without losing its authentic charm. The Crêt du Midi hike offers a journey through time, showcasing the enduring beauty and cultural resilience of the French Alps.

Regional Weather Patterns and Best Visiting Times



The climate in Praz-sur-Arly is characterized by warm summers and cold, snow-rich winters, typical of the Alpine region. The ideal time for hiking Crêt du Midi is from June to September, when the weather is most stable, and the trails are free of snow. During these months, daytime temperatures are pleasant for hiking, while nights can still be cool. Always prepare for sudden weather changes and carry waterproof gear. Winter adventurers should be equipped for deep snow and rigorous conditions.
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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾