Breathtaking scenery, trails for all levels of hikers, good humour and fun company, those are the ingredients of the success of this wonderful annual hiking excursion.
It’s a simple formula: participants go up in the two chairlifts to reach the top of the Ban Rouge without too much effort, from where the trails start. There are 3 marked snowshoe and ski trekking circuits. All along the way you’ll meet smugglers and customs officers dressed in old-fashioned costumes with their old-fashioned skis. Some might even try to smuggle in some local produce, but it’s true that the customs officers are not generally paying much attention. In short, it’s a really fun outing!
As of 8.45: Gathering in the Varins parking lot.
9.15: Departure of the hikers for the Crêt du Midi chairlift.
As of 12.00: Picnic offered by Intermarché.
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Three marked circuits are available:
The Little Smugglers’ Circuit
Very easy – About an hour-and-a-half walk with 300 metres of negative altitude difference. For occasional walkers and children.
The Mont de Vorès Circuit
About 3 hours with a distance of 6 km (200m of positive and 500m of negative altitude difference). For regular hikers.
The Grand Véry Circuit
The longest (about 4 hours with a distance of 8 km, 300m of positive altitude difference). For experienced hikers.
And at the end of it all, a lovely picnic awaits everyone at Chevan. It’s a simple formula, not a competition, but one which seems to delight the many hikers who come back year after year.