Fond de la Combe since Le bout du Monde
A landscape sculpted by nature
Finally, the cirque at the bottom of the Combe was carved out and shaped by a glacier more than 20,000 years ago. These gigantic limestone walls are only the visible part of the mountains which extend higher.
A sample of alpine fauna
You are in a protected area!
Cliffs, refuge zones
First of all, these reliefs create ascending currents which are very useful for large birds of prey to gain height and move without wasting energy.
These environments also serve as refuges, nesting and feeding areas for many birds.
In this protected area, these environments are reserved for bird species: any disturbance in the wrong place, at the wrong time, by a paraglider, a drone or by any other human activity during the breeding period can compromise its success.
A living landscape
During the winter, access to the site is forbidden by prefectoral decree !
Livestock guardian dogs
When approaching the herd, it’s very important to observe carefully the dog’s behavior and to take it in account while respecting the following instructions:
- Stay away from the herd (bypass it if possible) - Announce your presence by speaking out loud to avoid surprising the herd and dogs
- Keep calm and avoid sudden movements, keep walking without running. Talk gently to the dogs so that they get used to your presence and accept it.
- Avoid looking straight into the dog’s eyes and hold an object between you and the dog.
This route, which nevertheless remains at an altitude of approximately 1000 m above sea level, has the particularity of hosting species living normally at higher altitudes: this can be explained by the vertiginous inclination of the slopes, where avalanches and floods deposit plants or seeds living on higher levels.
Traces of the past
- From the car park, reach Plan des Lacs (free access) hosting the Chalet d’accueil.
- Take the path leading into the forest and follow it in the direction of "Chalet de Prazon".
- Turn left and take the footbridge towards "Chalet de Prazon".
- Continue on the right of the Prazon snack and follow the river towards "Le Bout du Monde".
- At the "Bout du Monde", make a U-turn on the same path until you reach the Fond de la Combe footbridge.
- Cross the suspended footbridge which will allows you to discover the other side of the valley and follow the path to the footbridge at the bottom of the combe.
- Turn right to cross the river again, and reach the parking via Le Giffrenant.
However, dogs are allowed on a leash as far as the Prazon refreshment bar.
Limited accessibility from November to June depending on the snow cover related to the significant avalanche risk and the absence of footbridges.
Bike access regulated by municipal decree (July-August).
Summer shuttle: without reservation, 1 euro / person / day, 7/7 in July and August
Access and parking
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