Hiking in Nantua

Several weeks ago, I had a chance to check my first thing off my TAPIF Bucket List- to go hiking in the Jura Mountains! I had wanted to go ever since I arrived in Oyonnax and saw the beautiful views, and the experience was amazing.

The 4 other language assistants and I participated in an organized hike in the nearby town of Nantua. We were luckily able to get rides to and from with some high school teachers attending the hike! There were several options of hikes to choose from, and we picked the 15 km hike in the Jura, stopping at Lac Génin. For an 8 euro entrance fee, we were given sandwiches for the trail, breakfast to start and along the route there were tables set up with water and snacks such as baguette and cheese and some fruit. The hike itself was exhausting but not overly strenuous- I was happy to fall asleep that night! We had amazing views of Nantua Lake, along with another lake in the Jura Mountains, Lac Génin. We started in the village of Charix, close by Nantua, and did a circle loop around the mountains and lakes.


Our initial view of the mountains from Nantua


Nantua Lake



rocking the Red Sox hat in France!


All of the assistants: Monica from Spain, Gian Marco from Italy, Danica from Germany and Nicole from Cleveland


Lac Génin was a beautiful place to stop for lunch


we had fun.

As we returned to the cars we were treated to a gorgeous view of Charix from above: little French towns are so picturesque! It was such a wonderful experience hiking in France and getting to know the other language assistants better.




France is ok.


Have you been hiking in France? How was it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!



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