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"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike
"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike
"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike
"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike

"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike

The "alpagistes" path: visit Nifflon's Notre Dame des Neiges Chapel built in 1821! An easy and pretty walk through typical Alpine landscapes dotted with sinkholes and chalets.

Nature and Heritage:
“Nifflon” comes from the Latin “Nec Fluere” meaning “where water doesn’t run.” Water seeps into "tannes" worn away by erosion and characteristic of the karstic landscape. Shepherds collected water from the roof in large casks called "toenes". If summer was too dry, they collected snow from the tannes. Nevertheless, this pasture was popular with Alpine farmers for the top quality grass which gave butter a unique flavour.
Route details:
From Sciard chalet, follow the 4x4 route for approx. 1km until you reach a signpost to Nifflon on your left and follow it until "Nifflon d'en bas" (mountain pasture chalets). When you reach Nifflon, explore the chalets and chapel.
Return to the signpost and head for Pointe d'Ireuse (1890m peak) for 360° views of (clockwise) Mont Blanc, the Aravis range, the Bornes range, Lake Geneva, the Jura range, Chablais mountains, the peak of Western Oberland and the Swiss Valley.
Return in a northerly direction to "le Golet de la Chaux" and continue in the same direction to the "Crève Coeur" along a steep slope to La Buchille chalets. From here, take the carriageway back to Sciard chalet (approx. 1km).
Useful information: Yellow or red and yellow markings/high point: Pointe d'Ireuse, 1890m.

8.1 km
4 h 30 mn
max. 1876 m
min. 1325 m
630 m
630 m

Altimetric profile

Starting point

Départ du Sciard Alpage de Nifflon
74470 Vailly
Lat : 46.2757Lng : 6.5647
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151 d
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Buchille mountain pasture

This mountain pasture was once home to over 300 cows on the way from...Read more

La Buchille 74470 Vailly
Lat : 46.2789Lng : 6.5742
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Alpage de Nifflon

"Là où l'eau ne coule pas" (where no water runs) is the name given...Read more

Nifflon d'en Haut 74470 Bellevaux
Lat : 46.2594Lng : 6.57248
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Fête de la Buchille

74470 Vailly
Lat : 46.2781Lng : 6.57382
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Nifflon Chapel

In the 20th century, Alpine shepherds who could not go back down to...Read more

Alpage de Nifflon 74470 Bellevaux
Lat : 46.2755Lng : 6.5643
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Contact

Phone : 04 50 73 71 53

Fax : 04 50 73 78 60

Email : info@alpesduleman.com

Website : https://www.alpesduleman.com

Open period

All year round.

Subject to favorable weather.

Updated by

Office de Tourisme des Alpes du Léman - 20/06/2018
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