Rambles & Hikes
Whether you enjoy a gentle stroll or an energetic hike, there is something for everyone in Thollon. There are more than 80km of signposted hiking trails here and its surrounding area, from the mountains to the lakeside.
The main departure points are in front of the Thollon Tourist Office and at the top of the cable car.
To be prepared, call in to the Thollon Tourist Office and pick up a free guide with all the main hikes, there is also a hiking map available of the Évian region (€3).
Les Mémises is the name of the mountain range that overlooks Thollon-les-Mémises village. The name Mem comes from the Gaelic word mam, which means hill.
Less than 20 minutes from the top of the cable car the Pic des Mémises (1674m) is in easy walking distance for you and your family, with a view across the entire lake. You can also enjoy the spectacle of colourful paragliders dancing in the airs!
The discovery circuits include two loops with educational signs to guid you along your walk.
The Village Loop (3h30)
Stroll through the different hamlets in Thollon whilst enjoying the beautiful panoramas of the lake and mountains.
The Man and the Mountains Path
This path starts at the top of the cable car and guides you back down to the village centre.
14 different signs mark the path and will help you discover Thollon’s history and features: Thollon’s plateau, how they used the slopes in the past and how they are used today, panoramic viewpoints, the importance of water, life in the pastures, the quarries, the Chablais peaks, vegetation terracing, information on the sights, the Pertuis Pass, yesteryear it was a glacier – today it’s Lake Léman and its municipalities.
For more information ask for the pamphlet at the Thollon Tourist Office.
The Thollon Tourist Office’s Favourite Hike
The Pic des Mémises with its breathtaking view across the lake and the Swiss Alps.
Beginner walkers can walk from the top of the cable car (20mins one way).
Intermediate walkers can walk from the top of the cable car back down to the village on foot (2h).
Experienced walkers can take the Pic des Mémises cable car and return to the resort on foot via the Pertuis Pass (2h30).
There is a descriptive pamphlet of this route available at the Thollon Tourist Office.
Here’s a hike that will make your head spin! With a vertical 384-metre climb in just 4.2km, this hiking trail is quite difficult (around 3h30 walk) and is punctuated by a special passage: the famous “ladder”. 12 metres to climb up a cliff, secured (screwed into the rock, with a cable alongside), thrills guaranteed before reaching the Colombière (1,574m) or the Pic des Mémises at 1,674m above sea level.
Discover the mountains’ treasures in the company of state-certified professionals.
Alp’Evianature groups together 15 professionals from the Pays d’Evian. All state-certified guides and instructors for mid- and high-mountain activities, cycling, and whitewater sports, their various life journeys and their full qualifications bring a huge diversity to the services provided.
Among the services on offer by the group are pedestrian hikes, MTB, handisport excursions, Nordic walking, themed walks, discovery of the fauna and flora, the geology, orienteering circuits, tales and legends, and so much more!
Monday: Family Orienteering
A map, compass and a little information, set off and find the markers, guess the riddles and challenge your opponents. To avoid contact with the equipment, the markers will be photographed.
Tuesday: Between the Passes, Lakes and Ibex
A full-day’s hike, for those who are accustomed to walking. This circuit takes you over three passes in a wild mountain setting where encounters with ibex, the lords of our mountains, is frequent. This great diversity makes it one of the most beautiful hikes in Chablais.
Wednesday: Gourmet Walk in the Alpine Pastures
Let’s meet a shepherd who will tell us about the importance of his profession in this bucolic setting, while enjoying a good plate of local cold-cut meats and cheeses (excursion by mini-bus).
Wednesday: Indiana Juniors (7, 21/7 and 4, 18/8)
A day hiking trip experiencing the life of the Indians: picking food, making a bow, constructing traps and a picnic at a tipi in a very family orientated atmosphere. (leaves from Thollon)
Wednesday Evening: Young Trappers’ Party (14, 28/7 and 11, 25/8)
If you are 6 years old or over, convince your family to come and spend a unique magical evening: a leisurely hike will take you to the “hobbit” house for an evening meal (local products and a chocolate fondue), while listening to mountain stories by candlelight. Then the moment will come to discover the world at night… (leaves from Bernex)
Thursday: The Wildlife Awakens
As day breaks many animals rustle into life. For hikers, that sublime feeling of having the mountains all to yourself draws you into another world: the dawn freshness, the increasing clarity, the sounds of nature, everything is in the process of awakening their senses. (leaves from Bernex)
Friday: Meeting a Glacier
Along pathways close to the Mont Blanc Massif’s glaciers, the route approaches these icy monsters, which are nevertheless fragile natural structures and witnesses to global warming. (leaves from Evian)
Saturday: A Little voyage to the Centre of the Earth
“The Forgotten Coal Mine” In the 19th century, life was tough in the mountain valleys and every source of income was exploited, even a simple layer of coal.
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- Between the passes… or waking up…
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- Gourmet Walk
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- Indiana Juniors
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- Trapper Evening
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- Meeting a Glacier
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- The Coal Mine
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Important: for all mountain excursions, places are limited (6-8 pers.), book as soon as possible at the Thollon Tourist Office.
Le Geopark Chablais croise l’histoire de la Terre avec celle des Hommes. Le bâti traditionnel, l’usage de la montagne, la vie en alpage, les légendes, les richesses naturelles et les produits du terroir sont autant de témoins forts entre l’homme et la nature. 23 géosites dont 6 dans le Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance, indépendants et complémentaires permettent de comprendre l’histoire de la formation des Alpes, de changer notre regard sur le paysage et de s’approprier les richesses locales.
Le Chablais est un territoire préservé qui dispose d’une richesse géologique et géographique permettant de se reconnecter à l’histoire de la terre. Profitez de la beauté et de la diversité des paysages de notre région.
Demandez le document spécifique à l’accueil de l’office de tourisme de Thollon.
The Chablais Geopark combines the story of the Earth with the story of Man.
Traditional buildings, how the mountains were used, life in the pasturelands, legends, natural treasures and regional produce are all strong testaments to the bonds between Man and nature.
Chablais has 23 geosites and 7 of them are in the Pays d’Evian Vallée d’Abondance, independent and complementary, they enable us to understand how the Alps were formed, to change how we observe the landscape and learn about local treasures.
Find everything you need to know about the Chablais Geopark at the Thollon Tourist Office.
La Dent d'Oche Refuge
Whether you just want to stop for the night during a hike, or simply want to explore the atmosphere in the mountains, you can stay at La Dent d’Oche Refuge in Bernex.
Situated at 2,114 metres above sea level, on a ridge, and 100 metres below the Dent d’Oche summit, this refuge has a breathtaking panoramic view. The cost for the night also includes breakfast in the morning. Dinner is available at an additional cost.
The Dranse Nature Reserve
Between Publier and Thonon, at the mouth of the river of the same name, the smallest Haute-Savoie nature reserve (53 hectares) offers astonishing environmental diversity, from marshy ground to dry heathy moorland.
A large number of migrant birds such as herons and birds of prey pass through here. There is also a plethora of more than 800 species of wildlife and plants. Guided walks and conferences are organised every week.
Discover Publier with the Smartphone Application
The Publier municipality has set up a smatrphone application for iPhone and Android called “Publier Aventures” that reunites 18 family walks. You can download the application for free on App Store and Google Play.
Help to keep the footpaths maintained
On this application, you can help to keep the footpaths maintained. You can point out any problems encountered directly through the application.