Walk " On the former smuggler's trail"

  • Sur les traces des contrebandiers
  • Sur les traces des contrebandiers
Sur les traces des contrebandiersSur les traces des contrebandiers


This walk follows the footsteps of former smugglers and customs officers who criss-crossed the region until the 1950s.
The view over the Illiez and Abondance valleys reveal a fraction of the many routes taken by the smugglers on their clandestine operations. Their encounters have left some wonderful and revealing stories in this frontier region which are starting to fade from memory.
To learn more about their aventures, you can rent a special battery pack from the "Vieille Douane" or Châtel Tourisme, between June and September, which activates the audio posts ("borne sonore") along the way.

Level: medium - departure and arrival point : La Vieille Douane
Family trail: 2 hours
OpeningsFrom 01/06 to 31/10.
Practical informations
  • Services :
    • 8 yrs old min
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
  • Levels of sporting experience :
    • Level red – hard
  • Route :
    • daily duration (minutes) 240
    • type of route BOUCLE
    • marked route
    • elevation (m) 653
    • distance (km) 3.6
  • Section :
    • Sport
  • Pedestrian sports :
    • Pedestrian sports
    • Hiking itinerary
On-site Services
  • Parking :
    • Car park


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Walk " On the former smuggler's trail"
Parking Caisses du Lac
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


Additional location
  • Environments :
    • Mountain location
    • Forest location
  • Parking :
    • Car park