The Val d’Arly Smugglers’ Trail, Sunday 17 March 2024


Breathtaking scenery, circuits for all levels, and lots of fun – these are the ingredients for the success of this discovery trail. Since 2003, this wonderful discovery walk has been a growing success with the public. The formula is simple: participants take the chairlift up to the summit of the Ban Rouge, where the walk begins, quickly and effortlessly.


There are 3 marked circuits. All along the way, participants will meet smugglers and customs officers who will be watching over them in period costume and with their old-fashioned skis. Some will no doubt try to smuggle in a few regional products: if truth were told, the customs officers are usually not very zealous.


In short, it’s a really fun hike! It’s a chance to meet the locals and enjoy some magical scenery. Finally, a picnic awaits everyone at the finish in Chevan. It’s a simple, non-competitive formula that seems to delight the walkers, who turn up in large numbers every year. A great way to end the winter!



LITTLE SMUGGLERS’ CIRCUIT:  Very easy – About an hour-and-a-half, 2,6 km, walk with 300 metres of negative altitude difference. For occasional walkers and children. Course:


> THE MONT DE VORES CIRCUIT:  For regular hikers. About 3 hours’ walk of 7 km (200m of positive and 500m of negative altitude difference). Course:


> THE GRAND VERY CIRCUIT:   The longest one for experienced hikers. About 4 hours’ walk of 8 km (300m of positive altitude difference). Course:


N.B. :  After the picnic you will still have to walk 200m of positive altitude difference (3/4 of an hour) to get back to the chairlift.


(including chairlifts, snacks and picnic at the arrival)

18€ per adult (over 12 years) – 15€ before 29 February

9€ for under 12 years – 6€ before 29 February

Groups (8 pers) : 15€ (+12 years) and 6€ (-12 years)

Gathering point on the Varins parking lot from 8.45!

Departure of the hikers by the Crêt du Midi chairlift at 9.15


54 Route du Val d'Arly, 74120 Praz-sur-Arly, Haute-Savoie, France
Open every day from 9.00 am to 12.00 am and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm