Monday, August 8, 2016

Gorges de la Diosaz

Also near to Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley and well worth a visit is the Gorges de la Diosaz. Visitors make their way up the gorge on a shaded wooden footpath suspended over the river; it feels like walking through a tropical rainforest! It is a riot of bright colours. The green forest and white waterfalls contrast with the black and green schist and the grey and red oxidised rock. There are also natural crystal formations in the steep cliffs.

The paths and bridges were a feat of engineering when they were first built by the owner, Achille Cazin and a local carpenter, Pierre Berthoud in 1875. Numerous information boards along the path explain all these features in detail. This site really is a great way to spend a morning in Chamonix!

Forest trails

Suspended wooden walkways

The Eagle Falls near the top

A natural fallen rock bridge at the top of the gorge

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