Begin and end of tour: Malval
Access starting point: by car from Geneva
Hiking time: 02:30 (hours, minutes)
Physical fitness: easy
Culmination point: 451 m
Season: all year
Gastronomy: bring your meals in your backpack
Overnight: Malval, Dardagny
Literature: Kümmerly + Frey, 1:60,000 Geneva
The entire course of the Allondon, a tributary of the Rhone, is a floodplain biotope of national significance. The hike starts in Malval, from where you have the best view of the gorgeous valley. Hikeon the lane, past the old chapel beneath the little village to Pont d'Essertines. Besides the great variety of songbirds, including the nightingale, rare orchids also thrive and blossom on old pastures. If you are lucky, you will spot a kingfisher, a species that is very rare in Switzerland.
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.