Lac Vert literally translates as “green lake” and is named for its emerald coloured waters. Sitting at the foot of the Rochers des Fiz mountain range it is in a stunning setting just above the charming village of Servoz.
Lac Vert is surrounded by high pine trees, which are reflected in its calm surface and offer a shady spot to sit and enjoy the view. The lake is not big and is quite safe to swim or paddle in, if you want to cool off. This tranquil little oasis is a popular swimming hole in the summer and there are a number of hiking routes that circle around it and venture further up towards the Rochers des Fiz.
The hike starts in the quiet village of Servoz, climbing up past old farmhouses and through small hamlets to reach the edge of the forest. Servoz is one of the most traditional communities in the Chamonix valley and you’ll see some genuine old alpine chalets made from beautiful dark wood and local stone. Many people keep chickens in their gardens and grow their own vegetables, you may well pass the odd donkey keeping someone’s lawn under control.
The last part of the hike ascends steeply through dense green forest; wild mushrooms, strawberries and blueberries can be found at the right time of year if you know where to look. The forest is crisscrossed with little streams and rivers, which are charming but mean that the path can become boggy in places, so wear decent shoes if the weather has been a bit damp lately.
The trail brings you out into a small clearing near to the lake where you’ll find a car park (yes, you could have driven up but that would be missing the point of a hike) and a restaurant serving lunches, snacks and drinks. They’re not open all year round, so check opening hours if you want to buy food here.
Lac Vert is a real beauty spot, a little gem of a lake secluded in an enchanting forest, well worth the effort of hiking up.
- Distance: 6km
- Highest Point: 1260m
- Vertical Gain: 430m