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Great hikers Le Christomet

Le Christomet
Credit : Ot Praz sur Arly

Description

A long, essentially wooded, hike which brings you to the Christomet chapel, a former place of pilgrimage from where you will have the entire Aravis range lying before you.
6.15 hours of walking including 3.00 hours of climbing. Check the weather forecast before setting off.
Pack your rucksack with cereal bars, plenty of water, sunglasses, sun cream, a small first-aid kit and the right clothes for your outing, depending on the season and the weather forecast. Always remember to ask mountain professionals for advice.

Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
6h15mn
Dist.
8.6 km
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Altimetric profile

Starting point

Départ parking de Bellevarde , 74120 Praz-sur-Arly
Lat : 45.843032Lng : 6.577463

Date and time

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

Additional information

Updated by

Office de Tourisme de Praz-sur-Arly - 29/06/2024
www.prazsurarly.com
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Open period

From 15/06 to 15/11.

Contact

Phone : 04 50 21 90 57

Email : accueil@mairie-prazsurarly.fr

The Cirkwi brief

Discover the Magical Christomet Trail: A Hiker's Dream

Embark on a journey where the spirit of adventure meets serene natural beauty. This grand hike, masterfully proposed by the Office de Tourism, navigates through verdant forests to the ancient pilgrimage site of L'oratoire du Christomet. Along the way, the panoramic wonders of the Aravis chain unfold, offering a sanctuary for the soul. Marvel at the refuge of Plan de l'Aar, where the mountain air is filled with the sounds of farm animals, and the robust hospitality of alpagistes welcomes weary travelers. This path less traveled is not just a hike; it’s an odyssey through time and nature.



Essential Hike Specs Unveiled

Covering a distance of 8.6 km, the trek embarks from the quaint parking of Bellevarde in Praz-sur-Arly. With an elevation gain of approximately 696 meters, hikers traverse varying terrains, achieving a maximum altitude that promises breathtaking vistas. Prepare for approximately 3 hours of ascent within the total 6 hours and 15 minutes journey time. These figures highlight the moderate difficulty of the trek, revealing a rewarding challenge for those who seek to conquer the Christomet trail.



Seasonal Tips for Safe Hiking

Regardless of the season, the Christomet hike demands a well-prepared adventurer. In summer, carry abundant water, sun protection, and a hat to shield against the sun's intensity. Winter transforms the trail into a snow-laden wonderland; here, appropriate thermal wear and possibly snowshoes become essential. Regardless of the season, always inform someone of your itinerary and expected return time. Early start is advisable to fully embrace the day’s natural light, providing a safer and more enjoyable experience.



The Historical Heart of Praz-sur-Arly

Praz-sur-Arly, nestled within the magnificent region of Haute-Savoie, plays host to this enriching hiking experience. More than just a trail, it's a passage through time, where each step echoes the rich tapestry of Alpine history and culture. This area, with its deep-rooted connection to the Aravis chain, has served as a backdrop to centuries of pilgrimages, agriculture, and battlefields. Praz-sur-Arly, with its inviting charm and vibrant history, perfectly encapsulates the essence of French Alpine heritage.



Weather Insights for Optimal Visits

The climate in Praz-sur-Arly is largely influenced by its Alpine location, featuring distinct seasonal changes. Summers are pleasantly warm yet highly variable, ideal for hiking but always be prepared for sudden showers. Winters are cold and snowy, offering a magical yet challenging hiking landscape. To truly enjoy the Christomet trail, late spring through early autumn presents the most reliable weather window, balancing pleasant temperatures with the natural beauty of the region in full bloom.
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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! 🌳🥾