GR©5 Balcon du Léman : La Vernaz – Novel

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  • Mont Baron
    La Vernaz

    The Balcon du Léman invites you to discover the mountains overlooking Lake Geneva. This linear itinerary runs from Bioge (La Vernaz) to Novel and offers magnificent views of the lake and the Chablais mountains.

    This stage of the GR5 of the Balcon du Léman will allow you to discover different points of view on the lake, but also on the mountains of Chablais like the Dent d’Oche and the Mont de Grange.

    The start is at La Vernaz, you will start to climb in the undergrowth in the direction of the village of Chevenoz.
    You will then reach a ridge that will lead you to Mont Baron. At the top of Mont Baron, you will see Mont Blanc.

    You will come down to the Col des Boeufs, then you will reach the tête des Fieux, with a view of Bernex and its ski area and the Dent d’Oche.

    You will then pass near the Pointe de Pelluaz and reach the Lac de la Case, at the foot of the imposing Château d’Oche.
    Enjoy this cool moment!

    You will then descend to the Chalets d’Oche mountain pasture.
    Once at the chalet, you can make a stop. A drinking water basin is available and a cheese sale is offered by farmers.

    You will then cross the Rebollion and Neuvaz passes.
    The descent will take you to the heights of the village of Novel, the smallest village in Haute-Savoie.

    Variation: From the Neuvaz pass, you can go through the Mémises mountain and the Pointe de Cormiens to reach Novel.

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    Services & Equipment

    • Picnic area
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Pets welcome

    Customer base

    • Level red – hard


    From 01/04 to 01/11.
    Accessible outside the snowy period and depending on the weather conditions. Please check with the Tourist Office beforehand to find out the current access conditions. Recommended season: spring - summer - autumn.


    Animaux : Accepted

    Pets allowed on a lead only due to the presence of herds and wild animals.


    Free access.


    Rond-point de Bioge
    74200 La Vernaz

    Departure : Bioge (La Vernaz village) Arrival at the car park in the hamlet of La Planche, Novel.

    Characteristics :

    • Mountain location
    • Waterside
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Close to GR footpath
    • Village centre
    • Forest location
    • Lake view
    • Mountain view