Hiking in the French alps is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Châtel is a superb location, 5 minutes from the border of Switzerland allowing you to walk in both countries, sometimes in just one hike. The views are stunning, 360 degrees of mountains and also bird’s eye views of Lac Leman / Lake Geneva. We love to explore the area and share the beautiful trails we have discovered while living here. From easy trails for families to summit hikes with panoramic views to take your breath away, there is something for everyone in the Abondance Valley.