Take in these stunning waterfalls when hiking around Samoëns
Samoëns, the Grand Massif and Haut-Giffre valley offer fabulous opportunities for walking and hiking. In this alpine landscape, there are many wondrous waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides to pause beside and take in the majesty when you’re not busy French Alps skiing. Let’s take a look at some of the most stunning waterfalls in the area.
Cascade du Rouget
Considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of France, Cascade du Rouget surges down the hillside a 15-minute drive from Samoëns. The falls are easily accessible from the main road.
Nicknamed the “Queen of the Alps”, Cascade du Rouget is 90 meters in height and is fed by the Torrent de Sales, which is swelled by melting snow from the mountain range in spring.
Continuing further upstream reveals Cascade de la Pleureuse and Cascade de la Sauffaz. The twin falls are beautifully framed by a majestic rocky outcrop topped with trees.
For the more adventurous, a hike from Cascade du Rouget to the Cirque des Fonts mountain refuge (at 1,360 metres) will take in numerous smaller but no less stunning cascades. The Cirque des Fonts is open daily and can accommodate up to 32 people in three dormitories.
Nant d’Ant Waterfall
Nant d’Ant is the cascade you can see when looking to the south from Samoëns itself. A short walk from the village will bring you directly to the splendour of the waterfall.
The river of the same name crashes over a cliff and plunges 50 metres below. The Cascade du Nant d’Ant Loop is lovely, if tricky in places. Take an 8-mile circular walk from the town to view the falls and fabulous surrounding scenery.
The Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval
Located near the town of Sixt, Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval is a two-kilometre diameter corrie bounded by imposing limestone cliffs. The U-shape of the precipices lends the area its name (fer à cheval is “horseshoe” in French).
The immense natural amphitheatre has some 12 waterfalls that burst from the rocks in summer with over 30 spouting forth in spring as the snow melts. You may even spot ibexes and marmots warming themselves in the valley on a sunny day and perhaps even a golden eagle if you’re really lucky!
In truth, there are dozens and dozens of waterfalls dotted around the region of Samoëns. Each offers a different view in each season of the year. There is a reason the waterfalls of the region have inspired poets and artists for generations!
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