Portes du Soleil: from Planachaux to Morgins


The Portes du Soleil is a well-known ski region that links two countries. The numerous ski runs and irresistible slopes delight winter sports fans. The region has earned its name "Gateway to the Sun" because of the scant amount of rainfall in the area. The hike begins in the Val de Morgins and goes over into the Val d'Illiez. The Dents du Midi form the backdrop to this magnificent region.

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Technical information

Begin of tour:Croix du Culet
Point of arrival:Morgins
Access starting point:cable car from Champéry to Croix du Culet
Access point of arrival:Chair lift from La Foilleuse to Morgins
Physical fitness:easy
Hiking time:3h40
Length:9.8 km
Season:June - October
 Gastronomy: Croix du Culet, Gîte Chaupalin, La Foilleuse


The cable car from Champéry will carry you to Planachaux, the departure point for this hike. Walk to Chaux-Palin and then there is a short climb to reach the highest point in the Portes du Soleil . After this you will reach Sassex and En Tey going via La Tovassière, following the French frontier to get down to Morgins. The Lac Vert and Lac de Chésery lie above La Tovassière.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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