A cabin of stone and weathered wood, in an amphitheater of greenery suspended at 1750m altitude, with a view of all the Aravis, such is the Praz Dzeures shelter. His particuliarity ? to be managed by goatherds who reconcile work in the pasture and public reception to share in this idyllic environment, the time of a meal or an evening, the way of life which is theirs.
Located on the eastern side of the massif of Tournette in Haute Savoie, the Praz Dzeures shelter
belongs to the municipality of Serraval. It has kept its ancient name meaning prairie (Praz)
located at two o'clock (Dzeures) walk from the nearest village. Indeed, it is the average
walking time it takes for hikers to reach the refuge from the parking lot of La Molloire.
In Winter the cottage is completely buried under the snow.
- Launch :
- pies of the day, charcuterie board, cheese board or the plate of the Praz d'Zeures.
- Gourmet stop
- Diner :
- Goat raclette or grilled reblochon depending on the mood of the keeper!
- Beverage :
- Wine list, Mont Blanc's beers.
Note that even in the mountains, alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health!
- Capacity :
- 27 people
- Rooms :
- Dormitories or 4 people (Notify in advance)
- Required equipment:
- Duvet, headlamp
- Additional info:
- No electricity, hot shower
Gîte du Praz Dzeures is a private shelter open from mid-June to the end of September (possibility of opening on the weekends of October, information from the guard). Outside this period the refuge is completely closed.
From Thônes follow the direction of Serraval, pass the Col du Marais. At the Hameau de la
Bottière turn left Molloire parking.
Massif : Bornes - Aravis
Starting altitude : 1100m
Praz Dzeures shelter's altitude : 1740m
Walking time : 2h environ
Carte IGN: IGN TOP25 3431OT Lac d’Annecy
Provision of water possible
Who are we?
The lodge and the pasture of the Praz Dzeures changes its management. From now on, it is the Chèvrefeuilles Farm that will welcome you for the summer season 2018.
The Chèvrefeuilles Farm, certified organic farming, is located in the mountain in the town of Serraval in Haute Savoie (74) between Annecy and Albertville near the Aravis massif. It is a farm with about 100 goats, some of which go up to the Praz Dzeures pasture as soon as the weather permits, usually from mid-June until the end of September.
The products of the farm are fresh coated cheeses and mature cheeses, ash beech, goat cheese
raclette, goat tomme, serac, faisselles, yogurt...
All products can be tasted at the alpine lodge.
Find all the news of the farm on the website and the facebook page.
The Praz Dzeures shelter is guarded by Laureline BIDORINI who will welcome you around a drink or a good meal and you will share the life of the pasture (milking, cheese making...).
The cottage facing the Mont Blanc overlooks the mountain of Sulens and the village of
It contemplates in its entirety the chain of Aravis, from Mount Charvin to Point Percée.
Hikers, after an hour of walking towards the tip of the Bajulaz, can admire a splendid panorama with Lake Annecy at their feet then further Lake Geneva and the Bauges and Jura mountains.
From the tip of the Bajulaz, the climb to the top of the Tournette is possible. The Tournette, whose summit rises to 2351m, overlooks Lake Annecy and the surrounding peaks and offers a magnificent panorama of the landscape below and the surrounding mountains. In the shape of an armchair, the Tournette is THE mountain to climb. Holidaymakers rub shoulders in summer, the Savoyards climb in all seasons with walking shoes in summer and snowshoes in winter. Be careful however this route is somewhat technical in its final part: indeed, many passages are equipped with cables and chains. The final ascent is possible thanks to the presence of two metal ladders. Approximate walking time from the refuge Praz Dzeures about 2h.
Fauna and Flora
The whole site is classified Natura 2000. Everyone must be aware of the fragility of this
environment. Thus, it is essential not to go out of the way to avoid disturbing the animals.
Camping and bivouac are not allowed to preserve this exceptional site.
At the bend of the tracks you will meet ibexes, marmots, chamois.
You will ear the Black grouse, the Hazel grouse, le Wallcreeper.
You'll see flying the majestic Bearded vulture.
The Alpine chough will watch you for food crumbs of your picnic.
The lucky ones will be able to admire the Rock ptarmigan.
Your eyes will feast on the colors of the grassy carpet sown of anemones, of saxifraga, of primevère à feuilles entières, of Gymnadenia nigra, of queen of the Alps…