Circuit Vallorcine - Col du Passet - Aiguillettes Parées
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A circuit which covers both sides of the valley. This loop is ideal for « long » training, with principal difficulties comprising two good climbs and several sections equipped with chains and hand-rails higher up.
Vallorcine train station, take the bridge opposite the station then follow the road to the right for 200m to the Office de Tourisme. Follow the road sign for « le Mollard » as far as signpost 119.
Although from Vallorcine station the route begins gently enough, with 2km of road and footpath on a virtually flat terrain, from the Barberine waterfall (which can be visited with a return trip) there is a steep ascent until the Col du Passet. From the pass, at 1950m of altitude, a technical traverse on the first section takes the route across to the alpine meadows of La Loriaz. The more rolling second section finally allows contemplation of the panorama of the Mont Blanc massif. After the Loriaz hut, the hanging path finishes and descends via some hamlets typical of Vallorcine and the Bérard valley. At the level crossing at Le Buet station, the second ascent begins, into a beautiful forest of larch trees. The route then finishes with a descent into the valley once more on a good, quick, and somethimes technical, footpath.