Hike to Mont Charvin

For my last hike of the summer, I went to Mont Charvin, a mountain in the Aravis range located near Faverges. I followed this itinerary.

This mountain is not very easily accessible by bike so I went there by car with my father. After the parking, I started on the trail to the Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens, a farm that also serves as restaurant and sells cheese. Instead of going directly to the summit of Mont Charvin, I then continued by taking the trail to Col des Porthets then to the Lac du Mont Charvin. From there, I first reached the Pas de l’Ours then took the Arête du Lac (Lake Ridge) to the summit: There were a few passages where hands were needed but it was not very difficult. After a while, I reached the summit. Unfortunately, it had started to be very cloudy so the view was not that great. Normally, it is possible to see all the Bauges Massif and the Mont Blanc. I then went down to the Refuge and continued to the parking, before going back to Annecy.

Hike to Mont Charvin

La Tournette in the morning @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, La Tournette.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the trail to the Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Mont Charvin in the morning @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Mont Charvin.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to Col des Porthets.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de l’Arcalod.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Sheep @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to the lake.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Lac du Mont Charvin.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Mont Charvin.

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Arête du Lac.

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to Pas de l’Ours.

Pas de l'Ours @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, looking down at the Pas de l’Ours.

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, summit of Mont Charvin.

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Lac du Mont Charvin @ Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, at the summit.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Pas de l’Ours.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Mont Blanc.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Ugine.

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, fog on the way down.

Sheep in the fog @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Dog @ Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

Chalet de l'Aulp de Marlens @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Chalet des Fontanelles @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, goats on the way to Thônes.

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Les Dents de Lanfon

The Dents de Lanfon (Teeth of Lanfon) are a mountain in the Bornes Massif bordering Lake Annecy. There is a great view at the summit but the trail is quite difficult. I followed this itinerary.

Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux, I took my bike in the direction of Thônes, passing east of Mont Veyrier. I then turned at the road leading to Menthon-Saint-Bernard and went up to the hamlet of Villard-Dessus in the village of Alex. I parked my bike then followed the forest road to the Chalet and pastures of l’Aulp Riant Dessous. At the Chalet, I left the road (which continues towards the Lanfonnet) and started to walk in the direction of the Dents de Lanfon. The trail gets around the Dents on the north side then goes up: That part was very steep with unstable rocks. I arrived at a place near the north Dent with a view on the lake. I then took the path on the way to the middle Dent: There were a few passages where hands were needed. Finally, I arrived at the summit some time after. Unfortunately, there was a lot of fog so the view was limited. I took the same path on the way back. I then went back to Annecy by completing the loop around Mont Veyrier, going past the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard then following the road along the lake.

Above, Dents de Lanfon from Villard-Dessus.

Above, Dents de Lanfon covered by clouds.

Above, Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp Riant-Dessous, with the Dents de Lanfon in the background.

Above, towards the Lanfonnet.

Above, Col des Frêtes.

Above, looking north, the path can be seen.

Above, on the way up.

Above, view of the North Dent. It is accessible but I didn’t go.

Above, Looking towards the middle Dent.

Above, the path to the summit at the middle Dent.

Above, limestone plateau near the summit.

Above, summit of the Dents de Lanfon.

Above, view of the lake from the middle Dent.

Above, south Dent.

Above, Roc de Chère.

Above, on the way down.

Above, pastures of Aulp Riant-Dessous.

Above, back at the Chalet.

Above, cows in Villard-Dessus.

Above, Dents de Lanfon seen from the road to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard, with Montagne d’Entrevernes in the background.

Above, Lake Annecy and Semnoz.

Above, promenade near the lake in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, near the Petit Port in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron seen from the beach of Albigny.

Hike to Pointe d’Arcalod, Pointe de Chaurionde & Pointe de la Sambuy (part 2)

This is part 2 of the day-hike to Pointe d’Arcalod, Pointe de Chaurionde & Pointe de la Sambuy. After Col d’Orgeval, I basically followed this itinerary.

After getting down to Col d’Orgeval from Pointe d’Arcalod, I went up again on the other side to Pointe de Chaurionde, just as the sun was reappearing. From the summit, I could see up to Albertville and the Beaufortain. Still no Mont Blanc unfortunately… I then followed the ridge trail to Pointe de la Sambuy. Slightly before reaching the base of the Pointe, I left the ridge looking for the way up to the summit, a path that would involve rock-climbing the face of the Sambuy to the top. I saw some pink markers but I kept looking since the path they indicated was looking more difficult than what I had read. It was the correct way however… It turned out it was not that hard even though the rocks were not very solid, so I just had to be extra-careful. Finally, I arrived at the summit! I was the only one there. I then made my way down and, after a detour through the Petite Sambuy (Small Sambuy) below, I took the ski lift to the base of the Seythenex-Sambuy ski resort. There was a summer luge track so I spent a bit of time there. The next step was pretty tedious since I had to walk back to Faverges using the paved road. It took much longer than I had estimated and when I arrived at the village of Seythenex, I realized I would not make it in time for the last bus to Annecy. At that point, I started running, cutting through the woods at some point and then on the road that leads to Tamié. I arrived at the bus stop 15min late but, fortunately, so did the bus.

Above, looking at Pointe de Chaurionde from Col d’Orgeval.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, the ridge between Pointe de Chaurionde and Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, looking towards Albertville.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, view from the summit of Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod from the summit.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, Albertville.

Above, Col de Curtillet.

Above, on the ridge to Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, leaving the ridge.

Above, on the way up.

Above, Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, Petite Sambuy from the summit.

Above, cross at the summit of Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above , Aravis range.

Above, Faverges.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod and Mont Trélod, from the Petite Sambuy.

Above, Lac d’Annecy.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de Chaurionde.

Above, herd of sheep.

Above, cave entrance.

Above, Seythenex-Sambuy ski lift.

Above, last look at Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, on the ski lift.

Above, summer luge track.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

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.

Old Town of Annecy

The Old Town of Annecy (le Vieil Annecy) is the most visited part of the city. It is located at the mouth of the Thiou river, an effluent of Lake Annecy on the way to the Fier River. It developed starting in the 12th century when Annecy became the capital of the County of Geneva. Its most famous sights are the Castle, the Palais de l’Ile (which served as a court and a jail) and the canals. It is a pedestrian-only area and is host to many restaurants and shops, as well as a large market every Sunday morning.

Above, Palais de l’Ile.

Big dog @ Old City of Annecy

Old City of Annecy @ Annecy

Old City of Annecy @ Annecy

Old City of Annecy @ Annecy

Old City of Annecy

Old City of Annecy @ Annecy

Above, the Castle. It now serves as a museum.

Above, temporary exhibition about birds inside the castle.

Above, small aquarium in the castle.


Above, Basilique de la Visitation at the foot of the Semnoz.


Above, Palais de l’Ile.

Above, jail cell inside the Palais de l’Ile.

Above, Thiou river.

Old City @ Annecy

Old City of Annecy

Old City of Annecy

Above, Eglise Saint-François de Sales.

Old City @ Annecy

Above, Eglise Notre-Dame de Liesse.

Sunset @ Old City of Annecy

Sunset @ Old City of Annecy

Above, sunset.

Sunset @ Old City of Annecy

Above, Mont Veyrier from the Old Town.

Sunset @ Old City of Annecy

Sunset @ Old City of Annecy