Hike to Pointe d’Arcalod, Pointe de Chaurionde & Pointe de la Sambuy (part 1)

At 2217m, the Pointe d’Arcalod is the highest peak in the Bauges Massif. The nearby Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de Chaurionde are respectively the 2nd and 5th highest. It is possible to climb them all on a single day-hike, in a loop starting and ending in Faverges. It makes for quite a long day though… For the Pointe d’Arcalod, I basically followed this itinerary (until Col d’Orgeval). I will post details and photos for the part from Col d’Orgeval to the Pointe de Chaurionde and Pointe de la Sambuy some other day.

In the morning, I took the first LIHSA bus (6:20am) from Annecy to Faverges. I walked to Saint-Ruph, using mostly the paved road and sometimes cutting through the forest, until I reached the forest road along the torrent. After the bridge, I took the forest trail towards Pas de l’Ours, on the way to the Combe d’Ire. However, I didn’t reach the Pas de l’Ours: Slightly before, I took an unmarked path to the Col de Curtillet. From there, there was a great view on the Pointe d’Arcalod and the Mont Trélod on the other side of the Combe d’Ire. It had started to drizzle by then but I forged on and started on the Arête Nord (North Ridge) of the Pointe d’Arcalod. It is a rocky trail, with sometimes a bit of climbing where hands are needed, but not really that difficult. Finally, I reached the summit of the Pointe d’Arcalod and its cross. I was the only one there. I then went down to Col d’Orgeval using the standard trail, which was very steep.

Above, Faverges in the morning.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, castle of Faverges.

Above, in Saint-Ruph.

Above, North Ridge of the Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, ants.

Above, Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Mont Charvin, in the Aravis range.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Mont Blanc massif in the distance.

Above, start of the path to Col de Curtillet. It was very steep, with no visible trail for a while.

Above, Pointe de Chaurionde and Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Col de Curtillet.

Above, at the Col, looking at the other side.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Lac d’Annecy in the distance.

Above, Vallon de Saint-Ruph.

Above, Dents des Portes and Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, starting on the North Ridge.

Above, looking back at the Col de Curtillet.

Above, the only chain on the trail.

Above, Pointe de Chaurionde and Pointe de la Sambuy. In good weather, the Mont Blanc can be seen when looking in that direction.

Above, edelweiss.

Above, Col d’Orgeval.

Above, cross at the summit of the Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, view from the summit, looking towards Chambéry.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, on the way down to Col d’Orgeval.

Above, Pointe de la Chaurionde.

Above, at Col d’Orgeval, looking at the Vallon de Saint-Ruph.

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