Immersed in the heart of the vast mountain pastures of the Grande Montagne de Presle and Verneil, these spaces still reveal to us today in their landscapes many clues of their dairy activity of yesteryear.
From the Marais du Pontet, take the path in the forest, pass by the “baraque à Michel” and go to the Col du Champet. Follow the ridgeline to the Col de la Perche from where you overlook the Arbaretan mountain pasture. Descend to the sources of Gargoton, climb to the Col de la Perrière and go to the refuge of the same name.
The ascent from Pontet to the Col du Champet is essentially forested. The ridge above the Arbaretan chalet offers a magnificent view of Mont Blanc. The ascent of the Col de la Perche then the summit of Chapotet offers a bird's eye view of the high mountain pastures of the Grande Montagne de Presle and Verneil. They host local herds of heifers and suckler cows from June to October. These pastures have long enjoyed success and a large influx, but the decline of livestock farming from the 1940s and the abandonment of many mountain pastures have led to the decline of dairy pastoral activity. To date, there are therefore few dairy mountain pastures in Belledonne. Thus, the pastoral chalets on the Savoy side are rarely used because the breeders go up to see the herd for the day before going back down to their farms. The descent to the sources of the Gargoton and the ascent to the Col de la Perrière via the Combe de l'Arbet neuf is very wild and unspoilt.
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- Cumulative elevation 1805m
- Duration 7h10
- Distance 17km
Depending on the weather: a hat or cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and/or rain gear, walking sticks, meat bag, flashlight, toiletries, warm fleece, hat if the weather is cool , (windproof, Gore-Tex, …)
Backpack with water bladder or 2 liter water bottle