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Charmant Som

  • Author: TrailExplorer

Charmant Som

This walking route is a classic in the Chartreuse nature park that takes you over a beautiful panoramic path, from where you can see the famous Grande Chartreuse monastery in the depths, to the top of the Charmant Som. Along the way you can often spot chamois on the edge of the cliffs.

Distance: 3 km

Time: 2h00.

Grade: Moderate.


Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: No.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Not allowed from June 10 to October 15.

Height gain: 305 meters.

Trail: 100% unpaved.

Marking: None.

Hiking shoes recommended.



The walk starts at the auberge du Charmant Som and goes over alpine meadows in the direction of a promontory without a name. Along the way you get a beautiful view of the famous Grande Chartreuse monastery. Here the famous green Chartreuse liqueur is made with flowers and herbs that are picked by the monks on the alpine meadows around the Charmant Som. On the path you also have a beautiful view of the Grand Som. Then begins a technical section along the edge of the cliffs, where you can often see chamois. Once you have rounded the cliffs, you will return to an alpine meadow and reach the cross at the top of the Charmant Som with one of the most beautiful panoramas in the region with a view of Mont Blanc, the Écrins and Vercors. You will certainly not be alone here. From the top you descend via alpine meadows under the ridge, alternatively you can also descend via the ridge, but this route is much steeper and requires more hiking experience.

Charmant Som

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Dogs not allowed from June 10 to October 15.

The access road to the col de Porte may be closed during winter due to snow.

Map & Poi's.