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.

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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.

Hike on Plateau du Semnoz

During the summer, I took my bike on the shuttle to the top of the Semnoz. My goal was go down to Lake Annecy using the paved road (there are tracks for downhill mountain bikes as well): It is an almost uninterrupted downward slope until the lake with relatively little car traffic. Before going down, I spent some time on the plateau, which serves as cross country skiing tracks during winter. I also went to the summit (Crêt de Chatillon). There was a good view on the Mont Blanc from up there. Finally, I took the road to Leschaux, then went down the Route du Col de Leschaux until I reached the lake at Sévrier.

Above, looking at the Crêt de Chatillon.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, the summer shuttle.

Above, the plateau.

Above, Albanais.

Above, Bauges Massif.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, looking towards Lac du Bourget.

Above, Crêt de l’Aigle.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, on the way to the summit of the Semnoz.

Above, cross at the summit.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, on my bike, on the way down to the lake.

Above, Mont Trélod and Dents des Portes.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Hike to Chalets de l’Eau Froide

The Chalets de l’Eau Froide are emergency huts in the Bauges Massif. They are rumoured to have one of the best views on the Lac d’Annecy from the southern direction. However, there was a thick fog when I arrived there so I could not verify it… I basically followed these directions, with the map here (except at the end, where I continued a bit further).

I came by bike from Annecy to the Parking du Martinet, deep inside the Combe d’Ire in the village of Doussard. This was the location of the (still unsolved) quadruple murder of 2012, known as the Chevaline killings. The road continues in the direction of Col de Chérel but is reserved for forest management activities. The forest trail to the Chalets starts a bit after the parking. After reaching the Chalets, I continued in the direction of the Plan de France. It is one the possible routes to reach the Pointe d’Arcalod, the highest summit of the Bauges Massif. Instead, I continued in the direction of the Col de Chérel (but not reaching it). I then found the road to get back to the Parking and complete the loop. That last part on the paved road really felt endless, so the directions I linked above would probably have been better.

Above, near the landing area for paragliders in Lathuile.

Above, looking towards the Combe d’Ire.

Above, the Ire river.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Lac d’Annecy in the fog.

Above, Chalets de l’Eau Froide.

Above, looking at the other side of the Vallon de Saint-Ruph.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, some cows on the way to Plan de France.

Above, Plan de France.

Above, Mont Trélod and Montagne du Charbon, on the other side of the Combe d’Ire.

Above, Col de Chérel.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Ire river.

Above, La Tournette in the clouds.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet.

Above, last ray of sunligh in Duingt.

Above, climbing rock in Duingt.

Above, red Dents de Lanfon, seen from a beach in Sévrier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, the Libellule floating restaurant.

Hike to Semnoz

The Semnoz is a mountain in the Bauges Massif that dominates the north-west side of Lake Annecy. It is also a popular ski station during winter and the summit, Crêt de Chatillon, is easily accessible by road. In good weather, it offers great view on the Albanais, the other mountains in the Bauges Massif and even the Mont Blanc. Here is a description of the trail (Sentier des Gardes) that I followed.

I went there on a hike in July, starting at the Bergerie, in Saint-Jorioz. The path is on the eastern flank of the mountain and is mostly in the forest. From the Chalet de Bénévent, it follows cross-country skiing tracks. When I arrived at the Chalet Nordique, I stopped to try out the summer luge track nearby and then some kind of downhill mountain bike. I then continue my hike until the Crêt de Chatillon, the summit of the Semnoz mountain. I used the same path on the way down. To get back to Annecy, I took my bike on the Route du Col de Leschaux, which goes downhill until Sévrier and the lake.

Above, Semnoz seen from Annecy.

Above, La Bergerie. A nunnery apparently.

Above, Chalet de Bénévent.

Above, Chalet Nordique.

Above, summer luge track.

Above, downhill mountain bike track. There are bikes and helmets for rent.

Above, Pays de l’Albanais seen from the take off area for paragliders.

Above, Lac du Bourget.

Above, on the way to the summit.

Above, summit.

Above, looking towards the Bauges.

Above, La Tournette. The Mont Blanc could not be seen that day.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, looking towards Mont Trélod (in the clouds).

Above, on the way down.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet, on the Route du Col de Leschaux to Sévrier.

Above, church of Sévrier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, back in Annecy.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation.