Gourmet and heritage walk in the mountain pasture (Maurienne)

Duration : ½ day

France, Northern Alps

Level : easy, for the whole family

from 15 € / p. from 2 to 15 persons

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In the heart of the Maurienne valley in Savoie, I invite you to meet the people working in the mountain pastures. You'll immerse yourself in the life and heritage of a mountain village, then set off for a walk in the alpine pastures to understand part of the local way of life.

After a visit to a characteristic site in the village of Le Plan, the main town of Albiez, we'll take your vehicle up to the mountain pastures to share in the life of a mountain farmer at milking time, harvesting the fruit of his labor.

After a short 15-minute walk and plenty of explanations about the life of men and women in the mountains during the summer season, I'll show you the landscape and the various mountain ranges that surround us: Vanoise, Belledonne, Grandes Rousses, Aiguilles d'Arves and the main peaks.

At an altitude of 2000 meters, at the foot of the majestic Aiguilles d'Arves, the mountain pasture comes alive in the late afternoon. The cows are grouped together, and we'll watch them being milked in the presence of the farmers, who are passionate about their work.

I'll then introduce you to the different types of Beaufort cheese, the particularities of their manufacture, and the history of this ancestral tradition and its evolution to the present day.

During the tour, you'll taste warm milk from the milking and Beaufort cheese made at the Arves valley dairy cooperative.

For gourmets, I also offer summertime hikes with fondue in the Maurienne alpine pastures, as well as gourmet walks with Beaufort tasting (also available in winter and spring with this milking tour in Albiez).


  • Departure every Thursday from the mid-July to August, 23th, in group outing from 2 to 15 people.
  • Meeting point: Place Opinel or at the shuttle/bus stop at "Col du Mollard" in Albiez-Montrond (73300), about an hour's drive from Chambéry or Albertville.
  • Bring your own vehicle to drive to the start of the walk.
  • Discover the traces of human occupation in Albiez since Neolithic times, followed by a walk through the mountain pastures to meet the farmers while they milk their cows. Tasting of milk and Beaufort.
  • Schedule: 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
  • Price: 11€ for children aged 7 to 14. Free for children under 7.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader, a Savoie Mont Blanc Heritage Guide with a passion for mountain agriculture and agro-pastoralism. Also a referent for the Savoie cheese route and grandson of one of the first three directors of the Arves valley dairy cooperative.
  • Milk and Beaufort tasting.

The price does not include

  • Transport to the meeting place in Albiez-Montrond.
  • Transport to the site where the activity takes place.
  • Your personal hiking equipment.
  • Snacks.
  • Drinks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • There are many possibilities depending on your wishes and habits.
  • Do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
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