Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

The Croix du Nivolet is a giant christian cross (22 meters high) at the summit of the Dent du Nivolet, in the Bauges Massif. Its size and location make it highly visible from Chambéry and the surrounding towns. It offers a great view on the valley below, as well as the Lac du Bourget. The path to get there is pretty easy (although sometimes muddy) and is therefore very popular. This itinerary was the inspiration for the path I followed.

I arrived at Aix-les-Bains from Annecy by train. I then took a summer shuttle to La Féclaz, a ski station in the mountains close to the starting point of the hike. The shuttle allowed bikes on board so I took mine with me and biked to the start of the trail proper near the Chalet du Sire. When I reached the cross, there was a great view as expected but it got covered with clouds very soon after. I went back using the same path.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, Chalet du Sire.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

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Cow @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, view of the cross from afar.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, Lac du Bourget.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, the Croix du Nivolet.

Lac du Bourget @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, view from the summit.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Butterfly @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Giant cross @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, the center of Chambéry.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Cricket @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, cricket.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Butterfly @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Cricket @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, soon after I arrived at the summit, clouds formed.

Brocken spectre @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, Brocken Spectre.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, Dent du Chat.

Fog @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, on the way down.

Fog @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Fog @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Fog @ Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, Lac du Bourget.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

Above, in La Féclaz.

Hike to Croix du Nivolet

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