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FATMAP difficulty grade
Chavants and Charousse.
(GREEN with RED loop option *) *feasibility depends on river crossing point 9km /-350m or 12km /-500m The route starts at the Les Houches tourist office and follows the road to Lake Chavants, where it circumvents the lake before entering the woods beyond the tennis club.
The route then rejoins the tarmac road before reaching a 4x4 track for the woodland climb to the Charousse pastures. Charousse is a beautiful open pastureland, with incredible views of the Mont Blanc Massif, the Fiz range as well as the Aiguillette des Houches, it’s the ideal place for a picnic. There is an optional additional 3km loop that climbs higher into the woods, beyond Charousse, towards Vaudagne.
The loop is classified red due to 2 short steep sections and 2 river crossings that require precise driving.
This loop is only feasible if the second crossing point has been pre-recced and widened. (GPS routing starts and stops at the Les Houches tourist office - Chavants and Charousse.gpx)