St Jean d'Aulps Vallee - Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps
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This area is a relatively small part of the magnificent Haute-Savoie region. Leading north westwards from Morzine the St Jean d'Aulps Vallee is about 40 miles south of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) on route D902 . The drive from Geneva Airport via Thonon-les-Bains takes about 90 minutes.

In the summer it provides fantastic walking and climbing terrain with breath-taking views. In the winter it is a very popular ski resort. Care is needed at all times and in all weathers.

The Haute-Savoie region is so large and contains so many mountains you can walk for hours without meeting another walker. Even so valleys, settlements and roads are never to far away from its well marked trails should you need an escape route. Coverage for mobile phones is very good making it possible to send progress reports from each waypoint e.g. pre-prepared text messages.

Most of the mountains bordering this valley are over 2,000m (7,000 feet) high, i.e. over twice the height of Snowdon.

The highest in the immediate locality of Morzine is les Hauts-Forts (High Forts) at about 8,200 feet. The area is criss-crossed with mountain trails including the well known long-distance route Portes de Soliel. Generally the trails are in excellent condition and clearly signposted. Maintenance is done annually in the spring by local authority working parties.The stunning views and natural beauty of the region will hold you spellbound whatever grade of hiker you are. You don't have to reach the 7,000 foot + summits to appreciate the beauty of the countryside. I've displayed a series of photos centred on individual mountains I climbed in 2005 and 2006. Later I will add treking maps and route notes for each these climbs which I prepared for my first visits. These may help walkers who have not previously visited the region. However I will also add some of the many more straightforward but still very enjoyable walks at lower levels I've done in and around the St Jean d'Aulps Vallee.