11 October 2022/in Our hiking in Savoie, Haute-Savoie and elsewhere/by Bastien

22 July 2016

A beautiful hike last Sunday to the “Lac du Clou” (2373m) from the hamlet of Bon Conseil (1500m) in the Sainte Foy ski resort and a visit, on the way, to the ancient farming hamlet of Le “Monal”, a listed site due to its architectural, historical and geographical significance.

A family hike to discover a beautiful listed village and valley.

Le Monal and the Clou Valley

Practical Information:

Map: 3532ET Les Arcs La Plagne Vanoise National Park.
Departure altitude: 1500m
Arrival altitude: 2373m
Elevation gain: 877m
Schedule: 2:40 climb, descent 1:40

Description of the route:

From the Hamlet Bon Conseil a trail provides access through the larch forest to the Echaillon car park just before the hamlet of Echaillon.
Follow the path until Monal (1874m), a small hamlet with exceptional views of the glaciers Savinaz and Gurraz.
100m after the St Clair chapel follow the trail on the right, then veer to the left, get in the larch forest, join the pastoral road of the Nail, passing by the monument dedicated to the old chapel Saint Jacques.
Get off at the dam, go around the latter along a path on the left, up to the chalets du Clou (ruins).
Then by a steep trail go up to “Lac du Clou”.

Return is by the same route.

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