Donjon des Seigneurs de Faverges

The Donjon des Seigneurs de Faverges (Keep of the Lords of Faverges) is a tower built in the 13th century and located inside the castle of Faverges. It is open to individuals during summer and offers a great view on the surrounding area.

I went there coming down the Pointe de la Sambuy, on the way back to Annecy.

Above, the observatory at the top of the keep.

Above, view from the top, looking towards La Tournette, hidden by Pointe de Chauriande and Crêt des Mouches.

Above, looking towards the Aravis range.

Above, castle.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, looking towards Col de Tamié.

Above, looking towards Lake Annecy.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, road to Col de Tamié.


Cave & Waterfall of Seythenex

The Cave & Waterfall of Seythenex (Grotte & Cascade de Seythenex) are natural sites at the foot of the Bauges mountains, down from Col de Tamié and Pointe de la Sambuy. The waterfall is formed by the Saint-Ruph torrent which pours from 45 meters high into large pools, on the way to Lake Annecy. A footbridges and staircases enable visitors to walk up to the top of the waterfall. As to the cave, it is the only one open to the general public in Haute Savoie. It has 1 Km of galeries and passages with 250m accessible as part of a guided tour.

Above, stairs to the footbridge on top of the waterfall.

Above, view from the top of the main waterfall.

Above, smaller waterfall.

Above, ziplining above the waterfall.

Above, entrance of the cave, waiting for the guide.

Above, La Tournette and Aravis from the entrance of the site.

Hike to Pointe de la Sambuy

I spent last summer (and more) in Annecy, in Haute-Savoie. I went back on a hike to Pointe de la Sambuy, in the Bauges mountains near Faverges (south of Annecy). This time, I took the standard trail to the summit.

I went by bike to the Camping La Ravoire, in the southern part of Lake Annecy. There I took a summer shuttle to the ski resort of La Sambuy. The shuttle had a trailer to carry bikes so I took mine with me. At the resort, I took the ski lift to the top of the slopes and the start of the trail. I climbed to the summit: It was not that hard except towards the end where the path was steep and narrow. At the top, there was a great view on all the Bauges. Then I went back using the same path. After getting back to the resort, I went down with my bike towards Faverges.

Above, on the ski lift.

Above, view of Lake Annecy from the ski lift station.

Above, starting on the path.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, summit of Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod, the highest peak of the Bauges, and Mont Trélod.

Above, Petite Sambuy.

Above, Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Lac d’Annecy and La Tournette.

Above, paraglider preparing.

Above, view of La Grande Sambuy from La Petite Sambuy.

Above, on the path to La Grande Sambuy.

Above, at the summit.

Above, view of Pointe de la Chaurionde from the summit.

Above Mont Trélod.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Lac d’Annecy.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, Mont de la Coche.

Above, Aravis.

Above, on the way down.

Above, on the road to Faverges.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, looking back at La Sambuy from Seythenex.