Hauteluce - Girotte Dam

Beautiful panoramas on the lake and the dam of La Girotte, the Col du Joly and Mt Blanc. Stop to the restaurant the Chalet de la Colombe to discover the unique documents redrawing the construction of the dam, and listen to the famous legend of the lake.
Departure :
From Hauteluce take the direction of the resort of Hauteluce - Col du Joly - Les Contamines. Park in the hamlet of Belleville in the large car park at the foot of the cable car.

When you reach the road, take the path on the right that crosses the stream and follow the direction of Lac de la Girotte. Join the hamlet of Colombe.
Take the track that goes down to the right, then cross the stream on a bridge. The path continues along the edge of the forest until you reach the foot of the dam wall. From there, follow the track on the left to go up to the shepherd's cottage overlooking the lake. To return, retrace your steps for a hundred metres or so, then take the track that descends on the right to the Chalet "La Colombe". From there, take the same route as on the way out.

Before setting off on any hike, walk or activity in the open air, make sure you are aware of the rules of safety and good conduct!

Useful information and contacts
European emergency number: 112
Météo France: 0 892 68 02 73
From 01/06 to 01/10.
  • Levels of sporting experience :
    • Level bue - easy
  • Pedestrian sports :
    • Hiking itinerary
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
  • SITRA services :
    • Daily duration (minutes) 255
    • Route 565
    • Route 565
    • Route BOUCLE
    • Distance (km) 8.8
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Hauteluce - Barrage de la Girotte
Parking de Belleville
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.773127
Longitude : 6.639658
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The Girotte dam was built in 1946. It was the first in Beaufortain. It is one of the rare dam to be filled with the water coming from "Tré la Tête" glacier next to the Mont-Blanc. That is why the color of her water can be so special green.
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