Croix de Chamrousse - Achard lake

  • Pedestrian
  • Medium - blue level
  • Dedicated to families with children
Departure: Croix de Chamrousse - easy access via the Croix gondola (open every day in July and August + only the first 2 weekends in June* and the WE in September*).
*Subject to weather conditions (info on Thursday for WE).
An unforgettable hike with magnificent views of the Taillefer and its small lakes, before contemplating Achard lake from above. You can count on the marmots to accompany you for part of your hike, with their endless cries echoing through the mountain. From the Botte pass, you can also discover the via ferrata "Trois Fontaines".

As Achard lake is a Natura 2000 area, we remind you that burning, camping, fishing and swimming are strictly forbidden (subject to fines). Bivouacs are permitted from sunset to sunrise, except during the peak summer season from May, 1st to October, 30th + Infernet area (prefectural decree).
Please stay on the trails to preserve fragile environments.

☆ The little extra: the "hiking star" summer medal for children!
On presentation of a photo taken at the hiking site, brave little hikers will be awarded a named diploma + possible purchase of the "lac Achard" silver star to hang proudly on the backpack (on sale for €2.50 at Tourist Offices).

VARIANTE Achard lake -> Croix de Chamrousse : 2h40
Option to hike in the opposite direction from Lac Achard to Croix de Chamrousse. Lac Achard (1917m) - can be accessed from Chamrousse 1750 - Roche Béranger or Chamrousse 1600 - Plateau de l'Arselle (approx. 2h30).
Pets allowed: dogs are allowed in the summer on all trails on a leash as well as in the gondola. The shepherd who works in Chamrousse in the summer has no Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
Opening periodFrom 11/06 to 20/09.

Subject to snow conditions.
Croix de Chamrousse - Achard lake
Chamrousse 2250
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Type of route: Type of route: : Aller / Retour
km (distance) 5.4 km (distance)
minutes (session length) 160 minutes (session length)
metres (positive drop) 0 metres (positive drop)
metres (negative drop) 333 metres (negative drop)
Some rocky passages Some rocky passages
Achard lake Achard lake
Chamrousse 2250 - La Croix Chamrousse 2250 - La Croix


- Departure/Arrival
- Point of interest
Circuit n° 1
General informations
  • Services :
    • Pets allowed
  • Additional openings :
    • Depending on snow conditions
To note
  • Internal criteria :
    • Baignade interdite
    • Bivouac interdit de début mai à fin octobre
  • Help for client/transport :
    • Help for client/transport


Panoramic view of the Taillefer



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