Top 10 Outdoor Activities this Summer
1 – HIKING – More information
Discover numerous hiking itineraries of different levels of difficulty for all the family. From a simple walk to a day’s outing, Praz sur Arly is the ideal place to venture out on the trails in full view of the Mont Blanc. Possibility of a diploma and medal (in the shape of an edelweiss, on sale at the Tourist Office for 2€ ) to reward children, depending on the level of difficulty.
Good Plan: Reach the summits of Praz-sur-Arly in a few minutes via the Crêt du Midi 6-seater chairlift. Get up to 1,700 metres in only 10 minutes! The top is the departure point for numerous hikes including the Smugglers’ Trail.
+ Round-trip rates: Adult (from 17 years): 6.90€. Child (6-16 years): 5€. Free for children under 6 years. Daily adult rate: 15€ / Child: 12.50€.
+ Opening period: From Monday 5 July to Thursday 26 August 2021 inclusive.
+ Opening hours: From Sunday to Thursday, 9.45 to 12.30 and 13.00 to 16.30.
A map of the trails with a topography guide is on sale at the Tourist Office reception. Price: 6€. Here are a few hiking ideas:
+ Easy – 1 to 2 hours :
The Evettes Lake
The Epines Blanches
+ Intermediate – 2 to 4 hours:
The Smugglers’ Trail
The summit of the Ban Rouge from the top of the Crêt du Midi chairlift
The Plan de l’Are Refuge
+ Expert – 4 hours and more:
The summit of the Crêt du Midi from Praz sur Arly
The Mont de Vorès from the top of the Crêt du Midi chairlift
2 – MOUNTAIN BIKING / ELECTRICALLY-ASSISTED MOUNTAIN BIKING – More information
Mountain bike enthusiasts will find an incredible adventure land in Praz sur Arly with several hundred kilometres of marked trails! Discover:
+ The Val d’Arly Mountain Bike Area:
We offer 230km of cross country itineraries passing through forested area, gravel roads and mountain pastures. Download the map
+ The Pays du Mont-Blanc Mountain Bike Area:
Also discover the many mountain bike circuits (57 marked itineraries) in the Pays du Mont-Blanc (10 marked circuits in Praz sur Arly). A map is available for sale at the Tourist Office reception.
+ Enduro Descent
We also propose 3 Enduro trails with over 700m of negative altitude difference and different levels of difficulty.
You will find more mountain bike trails on our App: Praz sur Arly Sports et Nature
Mountain Bike and Electrically-Assisted Mountain Bike Rental
It is possible to hire mountain bikes with or without electrical assistance for a day or half day. You can also go out with a mountain bike instructor for group or private outings. The electrically-assisted mountain bike allows you to tackle the summits directly from Praz sur Arly and offers you welcome help in the steepest climbs!
3 – TRAIL RUNNING – More information
Praz sur Arly is the new Trail destination! In partnership with the SCOTT Running team, discover our 6 marked trails available on the “Praz sur Arly Sports and Nature” application. This smartphone application, available on App store and Google store, offers you numerous trail, hiking and mountain bike itineraries and allows you to find your way easily and take advantage of many other features to facilitate your outdoor excursions in Praz sur Arly.
THE PRAZ SUR ARLY TRAIL CHALLENGE:
> The record to beat is 35 mins and 51 seconds held by Alexandre Fine
Climb up to the Crêt du Midi Cross on this 4.8km, 830m+ vertical and compare yourself to the best!
4 – PARAGLIDING – More information
Discover the unique sensation of a flight from the summits of Praz sur Arly or Megève. Your initiation flight will take you over the foothills of the Mont Blanc and Aravis ranges in magnificent scenery.
Take-off point: Crêt du Midi/Ban Rouge, accessible in summer and winter with the Crêt du Midi chairlift.
Landing point: Cassioz Plain.
5 – HOT AIR BALLOONING – More information
Praz-sur-Arly is well-known for its hot air balloon flights. Flights leaving from the village are possible all year round, in all four seasons. It’s an amazing sight. The view from the basket is magical as the balloon lifts up over the mountain tops. It’s like an open balcony on the Mont Blanc range, the Aravis Chain, the Beaufortain, and part of the Swiss and Italian Alps … Thanks to the exceptional aerological conditions of this “corner of the Alps”, the resort of Praz sur Arly has a balloon company on the spot all year round.
6 – ROCK CLIMBING / MOUNTAINEERING – More information
Discover the amazing world of the high mountains! There’s no age limit, you just have to want to do it!
In order to get the maximum benefit from your outing, we advise you to start off with a climbing school. This will allow you to gain self-confidence and not be afraid of heights and open spaces – it will certainly help you.
For your first outing, we recommend something adapted to your level on snow or rock. You could cross the Vallée Blanche or discover the Mer de Glace Balconies.
Then, once you’ve become accustomed to high mountain climbing, you could try more difficult full-day outings: the Petite Verte, the Arête des Cosmiques, the Aiguilles d’Entrèves, the Traversée des Crochues…
7 – WHITE WATER SPORTS – More information
What better to cool off in the height of the summer than a rafting, canyoning or hydro-speed outing! Numerous mountain torrents, like the Arve and the Giffre, offer the possibility of discovering these activities very close to Praz sur Arly. Our partners: the Megève Mountain Guides’ Office and Session Raft offer numerous outings depending on your wishes.
8 – FISHING – More information
The Pays du Mont-Blanc is a magnificent place for fishing. Mountain lakes, rivers, torrents, line or fly fishing, everything is possible in this activity!
Fishing spots: the Arly, Arve, Javen artificial lake (private)
Permits: Fishing permits are on sale at the Tourist Office reception.
9 and 10 – VIA FERRATA / ACCROBRANCH – More information
Via ferrata : The closest via ferrata is about twenty minutes away by car, at the Aravis Pass. But others also await you in the region.
Via ferrata spots:
Via ferrata de Curalla (Passy): The only via ferrata facing the Mont-Blanc range.
Via Ferrata du Roc du Vent (Beaufort): Accessible to most climbers, it winds between outcrops and vertical rock faces, offering unforgettable views of lakes, pastures and the Mont Blanc.
The Roche à l’Agathe Via Ferrata (Thônes): The via ferrata in Thônes is a perfect example of the French style of via ferrata: close to an inhabited area, very aerial, well equipped and secure. Concentrate, the whole town is watching you! Proper equipment is obligatory.
ACCROBRANCH: Get up into the treetops in the middle of the pines! Discover the accrobranch circuit at Cote 2000 in Megève, a fun activity for all the family. Strong sensations guaranteed!