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"Le Tour de Nifflon" Hike

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Hard
8km
+630m
Loop
-630m
Address
Départ du Sciard, Alpage de Nifflon, 74470, Bellevaux
Opening
From 01/01 to 31/12. Subject to favorable weather.

Description

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.

Pricing

Free of charge.

Route GPX track