10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSE au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

This summer there are more 🔍 jeux de piste and 💰 chasses au trésor (treasure hunts) available for family fun than ever before 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond. 

These 🗺 treasure hunts take all sorts of different forms:

  • ☀️❄️ FREE ephemeral summer  trails;
  • 🦌 trails to learn about the local patrimoine or nature & animals;
  • 🔍 solving puzzles and following clues along the way to finding 💰 the ultimate treasure!
  • 🗺 booklets & maps to buy from the tourist offices;
  • 📱 virtual reality treasure hunts or trails to follow on your smartphone;
  • 🧭 orienteering (parcours d’orientation), requiring the use of 🧭 a compass, or/and 🗺 accurate map-reading;
  • 🧭 geocaching;
  • 🌳 outdoor escape games;

[ good to know: Tourist Offices in the Pays du Mont-Blanc are excellent resource centres (and often overlooked, when we live in-situ!) when it comes to finding suitable treasure hunts. ]


Parcours Orientation Vallée de Chamonix

The Chamonix Valley has developed 🧭 6 orienteering routes for you to enjoy:

  • 🌳 Le Bois du Bouchet (Chamonix);
  • 💦🌳 Lac des Chavants and woods (Les Houches);
  • 🏰🌳 Le Château Saint-Michel & Le Lac and the Old Town (Servoz);
  • 🏚🌳 La Poya (Vallorcine);
  • and 🌳🧗‍♂️ La Moraine (Argentière);

Many of these are located in 🌳 the SHADE of forests (and hence perfect for ☀️ a hot day!). 🧭 Orienteering is a sport in which one follows a very precise route from 🗺 a given map. As it is a fun activity for the whole family, it can be a great pretext to get everyone outdoors and enjoying nature, and to develop navigational skills at the same time. To do orienteering, you will need to learn or understand the concept of 🗺 reading a map (to align it with the terrain, to understand a “legend”, to understand a map’s scale, and to pinpoint landmarks). The Chamonix Valley orienteering routes are made up of balises (grey posts), planted at points on the terrain where they stand out (or not!), and which are outlined on the map; you need to stamp these au fur et à mesure (as you progress).

The routes are available for FREE from the Chamonix Valley tourist offices, or you can print them out from here, from the Chamonix Tourist Office website.

[ see MBFF article here (Lac des Chavants) and here (La Moraine, Argentière) to learn more about our experience with the supberb 🗺 parcours orientation on offer in the Chamonix Valley 🧭orienteering really is so much fun and so instructive! ]

Parcours de Découverte au Plateau de Solaison (Faucigny Glières Tourisme)

New for 2020, is this parcours d’orientation on the Plateau de Solaison (Brizon), on the western side of the Massif des Bornes, located at 1500m. The maps are available at the Faucigny Glières Tourisme office for 5€ (you also get a little souvenir!). The main tourist office is located in Bonneville, but this also incorporates: Ayze, Brison, Contamine-Sur-Arve, Glières Val de Borne (Petit-Bornand & Entremont) , Marignier & Vougy;


PAYS du MONT-BLANC

📷 Photo competition (Pays du Mont-Blanc) ⇒ 1st August 2020 📷

The aim of this game is to take a photo of each trésor, 8 photos:

  • [ Sallanches, Trésor n° 1 ] : Venez vous rafraichir et vous relaxer à La Cascade d’Arpenaz, site remarquable de 270m de chute d’eau offrant de belles vasques;
  • [ Cordon, Trésor n° 2 : Le sentier de la Forêt ] a une âme et vous donne rendez-vous avec la générosité foisonnante de la nature. L’accès en est facile… Seul ou en famille, ce serait dommage de vous priver d’une telle expérience sensorielle;
  • [ Combloux, Trésor n° 3 : L’oratoire « la Pierre à la Ste Vierge» ] est un bloc de pierre imposant dans lequel est creusée une petite niche voûtée, couleur bleutée, qui abrite une Vierge de Lourdes;
  • [ Passy Trésor n° 4 : La Passerelle himalayenne de Passy ] construite sur l’ancienne route menant du Plateau d’Assy au Lac Vert;
  • [ Saint-Gervais, Trésor n° 5 : Le Mont-Joly ] avec ses 2525 mètres d’altitude et son panorama à 360° depuis son sommet accessible en randonnée;
  • [ Praz sur Arly, Trésor n° 6 : Le Sentier des Contrebandiers ] est une randonnée qui permet de lancer les adultes et les enfants dans une chasse au trésor en montagne. des panneaux ludiques permettent de trouver un code secret;
  • [ Megève, Trésor n° 7 ] : unique en France par son histoire et ses caractéristiques, le Chemin du Calvaire est une balade culturelle agréable, dans un cadre apaisant que l’on peut pratiquer en toute saison;
  • [ Les Contamines-Montjoie, Trésor n° 8 ] : Deux cents mètres en amont de l’adorable église de Notre-Dame de la Gorge, une petite chapelle bien singulière est accrochée au flanc de la paroi rocheuse : la Sainte Chapelle;

📷 ⇒ send photos to: promotion@sallanches.com or Sallanches Tourisme on Facebook, with your details! / to win: x5 cartes pass destination Mont Blanc (adulte) and x5 cartes pass destination Mont-Blanc (enfant) / check with each different commune the dates and rules for this game!

© Communauté Pays du Mont-Blanc

CHAMONIX VALLEY

🔍 Rallye Selfie Objectif 7 lieux at the Musée Alpin (Chamonix) 🔍

1 carnet de route, 7 œuvres, 7 lieux à découvrir. Visitez le musée, achetez votre carnet et partez à l’aventure dans les rues de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Voyagez dans l’histoire de la ville, prenez-vous en photo et conservez votre carnet en souvenir. Découvrez la ville en autonomie, son évolution, et repartez avec un souvenir personnalisé ! ” / price: museum entrance + 6€ for the booklet / more information here;

Rallye selfie © Le Musée Alpin à Chamonix
🔍 Jeu de Piste Les Houches (Lac des Chavants) – Thursdays of summer holidays 🔍

oûter offered at the end, and prize draw! / children must be accompanied by adults! / subject to weather! / MBFF tried this out and we had great fun!

© Les Houches Tourisme
🔍 Jeu de Piste: Au Fil du Rail (Argentière) 🔍

A parcours ludique to do in Argentière! / you can pick this up from the Tourist Office!

Jeu de Piste Argentiere © Argentière Tourisme

PASSY & environs

🌳🔍 Réserve Naturelle de Passy 🔎🌳 

The Réserve naturelle de Passy is celebrating its 40 years this summer . . . there are lots of activities on offer, including: a jeu de piste en autonomie at Plaine-Joux;

© Réserve Naturelle de Passy
© Réserve Naturelle de Passy

In addition, there are several jeux de piste and treasure hunts organised as part of the summer animations at the nature reserve . . . my boys have had a lot of fun taking part over the years! / Tuesdays and Thursdays – activities at Lac Vert / see programme in pdf document here;

 

SALLANCHES & COMBLOUX

🏛 Jeu de Piste accompagné in Sallanches – on certain Wednesdays  🏛

This jeu de piste for children is accompanied by an animatrice from the tourist office in Sallanches, who guides the group through town. The children will learn about 🏛 the local patrimoine, architecture, nature and more: church, museum, water fountains, views of mountains . . . / when? Wednesdays 22nd & 29th July AND 5th & 12th August, 10h until 11h / where? RDV at tourist office in Sallanches;

The Sallanche river in Sallanches © montblancfamilyfun
Randoland in Sallanches

Sallanches has three treasure hunt leaflets available from randoland.fr (see here): 💦 « Circuit des Ilettes », 🏛 « Sallanches Cœur Historique », and ⛪️ « Circuit des Chapelles» », with options for different age groups. All are available for FREE at the Tourist Office or to download in pdf format. There is also a 🚵‍♂️ VTT circuit to download and a 🗺 geocaching leaflet!

«Circuit des Ilettes» © sallanches.fr / randoland
🌳🔍 NEW: Le CNM vous promène (x2 parcours) 🔍🌳

Connect with nature, and also discover or rediscover 🌳 le patrimoine naturel with 🔍 2 new parcours this summer from the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde at Lacs des Ilettes and Burzier! A 1 hour boucle with explanatory pannels and games and challenges along the way! / download the booklets (or collect from OT Sallanches), and remember to take a pencil along with you to answer the questions and solve the puzzle! / prizes to be won!

🌳🔍 Parcours nature des lacs des Ilettes : departure at the beach, near the restaurant Le Transat (I saw this pannel just the other day!);

🌳🔍 Parcours nature Burzier : parking de Burzier, at the end of the car park, 150m de dénivelé positif;

© Centre de la Nature Montagnarde
🎭 Les Légendes de Combloux: Le Mystère de l’Akelaloupis – every Monday to Wednesday in July and August 2020 🎭

Every Monday to Wednesday of the summertime in Combloux, you can head off on an enquête, searching for the clues to find the stolen 💎gem: l’Akelaloupis. You’ll need 🗺 a carte d’enquêteur and you’ll discover the village by 🔍 solving clues (” En 1924, au cours d’un bal de prestige au Grand Hôtel PLM, un bijou d’une valeur inestimable est dérobé à la Princesse Joséphine DeChanteloup La Tanière : L’Akelaloupis. Ce cristal extrêmement pur, taillé en forme de tête de loup, posséderait des vertus magiques! Surpris dans sa fuite, le voleur a semé des indices du lieu de la cachette sous forme d’énigmes avant de disparaître. Aujourd’hui, le cristal est toujours là, caché quelque part à Combloux depuis 95 ans … Votre mission, si vous l’acceptez, est de partir à la recherche de ces différents indices dans le village. Des énigmes à résoudre, des mots à trouver pour compléter une phrase et trouver le mot clé, qui… peut-être… nous conduira jusqu’au bijou volé ! “) / and there are prizes to be won, distributed on Wednesay evening! / price: 5€ for the treasure hunt map (also included in the Pass Combloux) / for 9€, you also get: a hat (borsalino or bandeau charleston, pins to personalise your hat, a wolf mask, a map, stickers, and a balade théâtralisée on the Tuesday) / more information here;

SAINT-GERVAIS & environs

Animation jeu de piste (Saint-Gervais)

Every Monday (from 10h until 12h) of the summer holidays, you can take part in 🔍 a jeu de piste organised by the tourist office / for 4+ years / where? leaves from the Mini Golf de Saint-Gervais / prizes to be won!

© Saint-Gervais Tourisme

MEGEVE & PRAZ-sur-ARLY

📱 Explor Games© Megève:  « À la recherche de la déesse perdue » (Megève) 📱

Explor Games©: « À la recherche de la déesse perdue »  is an adventure game taking place in the Secteur du Calvaire and the Creux St-Jean (forest trail) / you’ll need to 📱 download the app for free on your phone, and you’ll learn about biodiversity and the history of Megève / open until October / more information here;

🔬 Labo-Rando (L’Ermitage, site du Calvaire, Megève) – all summer 🔬

🔬 « Labo-Rando » is a family activity, le laboratoire de la biodiversité . . . in the morning, discover mountain environment, local 🌸 flora and 🐝🐞 fauna . . . and afternoon, set off for a walk on your own, with a pack d’observation GPS / ” Un authentique « Labo-Rando » pour partir à la découverte de la nature et découvrir la facette inconnue de la faune et la flore locale. L’idée est de mettre en avant 🐝 les insectes et 🌿 plantes inconnues du grand public. A partir de 8 ans accompagné. Venez découvrir le Labo-rando à l’Ermitage sur le site historique du Calvaire, une découverte de la nature de façon ludique et innovante avec des nouvelles technologies : 📱 tablettes tactiles, visio-guides GPS, 🔎 loupes binoculaires. Randonnée avec 🗂 un pack d’observation : Le parcours naturaliste vous emmène en forêt à la découverte des indices de présence animale, 🌲 des forêts de conifères et 🌳 de feuillus, 🐦 des oiseaux, des milieux humides en lien avec l’origine du nom de Megève (mare pédagogique) “/ in your pack: parapluie japonais, livret sur la flore and camera / children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult / documentation: identity card / price: 6€ adult, 4€ child for morning Le Labo and 20€ for the pack loan for the afternoon La Rando / address: L’Ermitage (site du Calvaire), Megève;

© Labo-Rando Megève
🔍 Balade ludique et familiales: Sur les Routes du Petit Patrimoine (Praz-sur-Arly) 🔍

Get to know the hidden corners of Praz-sur-Arly, following clues to resolve a puzzle: le labyrinthe de Draz / 1h30 to 2h long / pick up details from tourist office;

© Praz-sur-Arly Toursime
🗺💰 « Le Sentier des Contrebandiers » (Praz-sur-Arly) 💰🗺

Praz-sur-Arly’s « Le Sentier des Contrebandiers » is aimed at older children (9+ years) – they will follow in the footsteps of Fanfouétomas, and they’ll need to solve the puzzles along the way, with a view all along of Mont-Blanc, le Val d’Arly and Les Aravis. This parcours ludique tells the story of the contrebandiers (smugglers) who duped the douaniers between 1860 and 1923 / the parcours leaves from the top of the télésiège du Crêt du Midi, at 1700m and takes about 2 hours to complete! / check opening times of chairlift (trail open until October!) / price: 5€ for the BD;

LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE

🗺 Chasse aux Trésors de la Nature – Thursdays 30th July and 20th August 🗺

A combination of orienteering, treasure-hunting and other challenges . . . / led by an animateur / from 13h until 16h / more information at Tourist Office!

© Les Contamines-Montjoie

FURTHER FRANCE

🗺 Cluses Arve & Montagnes parcours orientation 🗺

Cluses Arve & Montagne has several fun 🗺 parcours orientation and adventure games (some virtual reality) aimed at different age groups (there are now 12 games on offer!) . . . if you have a 3 to 5 year old and older children in the same group, then you could separate and do different trails / see here for the full selection of treasure hunts and other games on offer in the area / read about MBFF’s experience doing the parcours 🦅 L’Œuf de Plume La Gypaète in Le Reposoir here – we loved it!

© Cluses Arve & Montagnes
Jeu de piste: « Découverte du patrimoine » à Taninges

In Taninges, you can follow clues to get to know more about the patrimoine local / ask for the jeu de piste at the Maison du Patrimoine (Monday to Friday afternoons, and weekends all day) / family or adult versions available / more information here / address: Maison du Patrimoine, 9 rue des Arcades, 74440, Taninges;

© Praz-de-Lys-Sommand Tourisme
Jeu de piste: « La Chasse au Dahu » (Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval)

Go looking for the mythical mountain animal: le Dahu! You’ll find clues to solve around the pretty village / for 5+ years, and snack offered at the end of the parcours / when? on Thursdays / more information here;

© Sixt-fer-à-Cheval Tourisme
Jeu de Piste Morillon et Versaix (Morillon et Versaix)

Aimed at children 4+ years, head off on an adventure with Morillonnette and Lhottichouette, and learn about the Vallée du Giffre and its villages / pick up booklet from Verchaix or Esserts / more information here;

🔎Cheminer dans Annecy en famille (Annecy) – every Wednesday 🔎

A 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 family visit, to find hidden animals in the espace urbain! Clues, riddles, and jeux d’observation to help you identify them, and to undersand their uses and symbolism / when? every Wednesday at 10h30 / more information here;

© Musées d’Annecy
🔎Jeu d’énigmes pour sortir de la prison ! (Palais de l’Île, Annecy) – every Saturday🔎

Venez avec votre tribu tromper la vigilance du gardien, joué par un guide-conférencier. La visite est l’occasion d’un moment convivial pendant lequel grands et petits s’amusent à parcourir les principaux espaces du monument ” / when? every Saturday at 10h30 / more information here;

Palais de l’Île, Annecy © Gilles Piel
🔎Jeu de Piste Ponts de la Caille (Cruseilles) 🔎

🌉 Le Site des Ponts de la Caille is – in fact – two bridges, and one was the first suspension bridge to be built in Europe, in 1839! Discover the jeu de piste on offer here and, several others in nearby Balme de Sillingy too! / more information here;

© Alter’Alpa Tourisme
Chasse aux Glaces (Carouge)

A new parcours, aimed at children, this is a special chasse au trésor, helping you to get to know Carouge, all the while tasting🍦artisanal ICE CREAM! / conceived for la Ville de Carouge, you’ll head off to find the pirate Karmen Rouge! / more information here / price per person: 10 CHF;

Carouge

Geocaching®

Geocaching® has been around for 20 years now, and there is an official website and FB page! And so, what is Geocaching ®? ” There are millions of clever containers called geocaches hidden in nearly every country on Earth. Join the millions of players using the Geocaching® app and GPS-enabled devices to find them. Founded in 2000, Geocaching HQ is dedicated to inspiring and enabling discovery, exploration, and adventure through a unique combination of outdoor recreation and location-basedtechnology. Share your adventures, pictures and video of this family friendly, high-tech, GPS powered treasure hunt.

To participate, you’ll have to create an online Geocaching® account (or one on the app), in order to view the map with all of the caches near to you! When you locate the cache, you’ll need to sign in the logbook, with the date you found the cache, and then put it back for the next players to find!

© Geocaching®

Escape Games

Indoor Escape Games have really taken off in recent years, and au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we have two:

  • 🔑 Escape Game Chamonix (Chamonix Sud) is the first escape room in Chamonix! / 12+ years (within family booking) / website / address: 26 Place Edmond Desailloud, Chamonix Sud;
© Escape Game Chamonix
  • 🔑🔱 Escape Room & Laser Games at the Bowling du Mont-Blanc in Sallanches – NEW!
© Bowling du Mont-Blanc

There are also several now around Annemasse, Ville-la-Grand and Annecy; in fact, there are two many to list, so I shall pen a separate article! Worth mentioning, however, are a couple that take place outdoors:

Mystères du LacEscape Game Annecy & City Games Annecy

Some Escape Games to do in Annecy town! / see here for more information;

© Mystères du Lac – Escape Game Annecy & City Games Annecy
Escape Game dans la ville d’Aix-les-Bains

There is a new escape game this summer in the heart of the town! In a group of 2 to 5 pax, you’ll have 2 hours to solve the clues around town! / ➡️ pick up your kits at the tourist office!

Escape Game Aix-les-Bains © Aix-les-Bains Tourisme

[ ➡️ for some further ideas for treasure hunts, see here ]

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