Hike around Mont Lachat de Châtillon

In spring, I went to Le Grand-Bornand and walked a loop around Mont Lachat de Châtillon. I also took a chairlift to the summit while I was there.

Here is the path I followed (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand. I walked to the station of Télécabine du Rosay, which is open from mid-June until mid-September. I boarded a cable car then switched at La Côte for the chairlift of Téléphérique du Mont Lachat, which took me to the summit of Mont Lachat de Châtillon. There was a great view from up there: All the Aravis, the Chaîne du Bargy and even La Tournette could be seen. I took a chairlift down and started on the trail. The first part to Col de Châtillon went around Roc des Arces through the forest. Then, from the Col until Le Vacheret, I followed a chalet access road. Along the way, there was a good view on the Aravis. After that, until Lac de la Cour, the path was on ski-slope maintenance roads, then, until the Rosay gondola station, a chalet access road again. Finally, I took a cable car back to the village in order to catch the bus back to Annecy.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon seen from the summit of Pointe Percée.

Above, Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, in the village.

Above, boarding a cable car at the Rosay gondola station.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Télésiège du Lachat, a chairlift that goes to the summit of Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, Tournette.

Above, at the summit of Mont Lachat.

Above, Pointe de la Grande Combe and Col des Anes.

Above, Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Aravis.

Above, Aiguille Vert and Buclon.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes. With multiple mountains called Lachat in the area, it can get confusing… See also the Lachat in Dingy-Saint-Clair.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, there is path to the top of the small bump near the chairlift station.

Above,  Lac Du Maroly.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Vallée du Bouchet.

Above, Col de Châtillon and Roc des Arces.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Roc des Tours and Aiguille Verte.

Above, on the path to Col de Châtillon, around Roc des Arces.

Above, start of the forest trail.

Above, Roc des Arces.

Above, Chalets de Châtillon.

Above, Mont Lachat.

Above, goats.

Above, I made a detour to Col de Châtillon.

Above, view on the other side of the Col.

Above, chairlift station at the top of Mont Lachat.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, the path follows a chalet access road until Le Vacheret.

Above, Pointe de Tardevant.

Above, more cows.

Above, Pointe de la Grande Combe and Pointe d’Almet.

Above, Col des Anes.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Le Vacheret.

Above, on the other side of the pass.

Above, the path followed ski-slope maintenance roads.

Above, Lac de Maroly.

Above, Pointe de la Grande Combe.

Above, Mont Lachat.

Above, Pointe de Deux Heures.

Above, Lac de la Cour.

Above, Lac de la Cour.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre and Pointe Blanche.

Above, fishing.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Croix du Châtelet.

Above, Roc des Arces.

Above, summit of Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, on the Rosay cable car to the village.

Above, Chinaillon torrent, back at the village.

Above, Aravis.

Above, on the way to the highway bus station.

Above, cow graffiti near the station.

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Hike to Pointe de Talamarche & Lanfonnet (Summer 2018): From Thônes to Talloires

A couple of months ago, I went on a hike to Pointe de Talamarche and Lanfonnet in the Bornes mountains, starting from Thônes and ending in Talloires, near Lake Annecy. Here is the path that I followed (download KML):

I had already been to those mountains a few years ago, but starting in Talloires and passing through Col des Frêtes, both on the way up and down. This time, I went up the mountain starting from Thônes and went down through Col des Nantets on the way to Talloires. In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to Thônes – Pont de Morette. I first made a detour to the National Cemetery of the Glières nearby, which houses the tombs of 105 resistance fighters. I was soon on my way up towards Pointe de Talamarche, on a pretty straightforward trail. There was a great view from the summit, especially on the Bornes mountains, including Les Dents de Lanfon and La Tournette. I ate lunch then went down towards the pasture of Aulp Riant Dessus and Pas de l’Aulp, a pass on the south side of the pasture. Then I went up again to Roche Murraz, one of the summits of Lanfonnet. There was also a great view from there, especially on Lake Annecy. I went down and made a quick detour to Roc Lancrenaz on the other side of the pass. Finally, I started on the final descent to Talloires through Col des Nantets. I reached Vérel after a while and, in the end, I had to rush a little bit to make sure I could catch the last LIHSA bus from Talloires back to Annecy.

Above, bus stop in Thônes.

Above, tombs at the Nécropole Nationale des Glières.

Above, Fier river near the trailhead.

Above, towards Plateau des Glières.

Above, Tête à Turpin.

Above, Tête de l’Arpettaz.

Above, Chalet du Cruet.

Above, Chalet Le Lindion.

Above, I took an alternate trail towards Pointe de Talamarche: It forks a little bit above the Chalet and merges back into the main trail some time later.

Above, Dent du Cruet.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, cows.

Above, Plateau des Glières.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, ruins of a chalet.

Above, Dent du Cruet.

Above, at Crêt des Tervelles, looking at La Tournette.

Above, Montagne de Cotagne.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, at the summit of Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Col des Frêtes and Lake Annecy.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Alpage de l’Aulp Riant Dessus and La Tournette.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, Col de Leschaux.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Col des Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, looking towards La Clusaz.

Above, on the way to Lanfonnet.

Above, Pas de l’Aulp.

Above, looking back at Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp Riant Dessus.

Above, wall at Pas de l’Aulp. The path to Roche Murraz goes along the wall.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp, the starting point of the hike to La Tournette.

Above, summit of La Tournette.

Above, paragliders.

Above, view from the summit of Roche Murraz.

Above, Rocher du Roux.

Above, south side of Lake Annecy.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Talloires.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, looking back at Roche Murraz.

Above, view from Roc Lancrenaz on the other side of Pas de l’Aulp: Col des Nantets and La Tournette.

Above, Montmin and Bauges behind it.

Above, on the way down to Col des Nantets.

Above, goats at Chalet des Nantets.

Above, cross at Col des Nantets.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, dead sheep below Chalet des Crottes.

Above, path to Vérel.

Above, Rocher du Roux.

Above, Pierre des Pingolies in Vérel.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet.

Above, path in the forest to Talloires.

Above, in Talloires, above the bus stop.

Hike to Pointe de Beauregard & Croix de Colomban

A few weeks after Tête du Danay, I went back to La Clusaz. This time, I hiked Pointe de Beauregard and kept walking until Thônes, passing by the Croix de Colomban on the way. Here is the path I took (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to La Clusaz. I walked to the trailhead nearby then took a trail through the “Frasse aux Femmes” at first but I joined with the standard trail soon after. It was mostly in the forest with the occasional pasture and chalet, as well as good viewpoints on the Aravis, still covered with snow. After a while, I reached the cable car station at the summit of Pointe de Beauregard. There was a great view, especially to the east: All the Aravis could be seen, as well as the village of La Clusaz below, the Tête du Danay and the Chaîne du Bargy. I ate lunch then walked across a plateau towards the Croix de Colomban. At the cross, there was also a good view, but to the west: La Tournette, Thônes, Dent du Cruet and Parmelan. I started on the way down towards Thônes. However, at some point, I ignored a direction sign, trusting my map (IGN) that also indicated an alternate path. Later, the path was blocked with “Keep out” signs, barb wire, locks and even an electrified fence… So instead, I had to walk off-trail for a bit by cutting through a flower field and a cattle enclosure in order to find the standard path. I reached Thônes with time to spare before the bus to go back to Annecy. While waiting, I visited Chapelle du Calvaire near the bus station.

Above, photo of Pointe de Beauregard taken near Lac des Confins.

Above, in the morning, near the bus station.

Above, snail.

Above, Pointe de Beauregard in view.

Above, Col des Aravis.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, Aravis and La Clusaz.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe de Beauregard.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, at the summit of Pointe de Beauregard.

Above, Aiguille du Calvaire.

Above, Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Aravis.

Above, Chaîne du Bargy.

Above, cable car station.

Above, towards Entremont.

Above, Pointe de Merdassier.

Above, plateau.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Croix de Colomban.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, 3 Têtes des Bornes.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Dent du Cruet and Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Chalet du Petit Novard.

Above, large anthill.

Above, at this point, I realised the path I wanted to take was blocked. I doubled back a little in order to walk through a field so I could reach the standard trail.

Above, off-trail, cutting through a flower field. Apparently, I was not the first one to go through there.

Above, in the cow enclosure.

Above, on the standard trail.

Above, in Thônes.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, Eglise Saint-Maurice.

Above, Fier river.

Above, via ferrata.

Above, path to Chapelle du Calvaire.

Above, the chapel.

Above, Thônes bus station.

Hike to Tête du Danay & Lac des Confins (La Clusaz)

In spring, I went on a hike to La Clusaz: I climbed up Tête du Danay, a mountain located between La Clusaz and Le Grand-Bornand, then reached Lac des Confins.

Here is the path I walked (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus to La Clusaz from Annecy. Once in La Clusaz, the trailhead to Tête du Danay was located near the bus station. On the trail, there was still a little snow near the summit but nothing too annoying. At the top of the Tête, there was a great view on the Aravis mountains, still covered with snow, and the Chaîne du Bargy on the other side. La Tournette could also be seen. I ate lunch then went down towards Lac des Confins. Once there, I took a path along the foot of the Aravis to loop back to the center of La Clusaz and catch the bus back to Annecy.

Above, bus station in La Clusaz.

Above, trailhead in La Perrière.

Above, Pointe de Merdassier.

Above, village of La Clusaz.

Above, Oratoire.

Above, Crêt du Loup and Aiguille des Calvaires.

Above, Aravis mountains.

Above, Belvédère de La Perrière.

Above, Pointe de Beauregard.

Above, Têt du Danay.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, view from Ferme du Danay.

Above, crocus.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, cross at the summit of Tête du Danay.

Above, Chaîne du Bargy.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, Pointe Percée.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Pointe d’Almet.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Les Confins.

Above, Combe du Grand Crêt.

Above, goats.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, Lac des Confins.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, La Perrière, through which I walked earlier in the day.

Above, Abondance cattle.

Above, village.

Above, Eglise Saint-Foy.

Above, Le Nom.

At the end of the hike, I went to have a look at the Chapelle du Parc. In the morning, I had planned to start the hike from there but I could not find the trail indicated on the map. It turned out the map was wrong and the trail was quite a bit further along the road.

Above, Chapelle du Parc.

Hike to Mont Veyrier & Mont Baron (Spring 2018)

Last spring, I went on a hike to Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, two mountains on the north-east of Lake Annecy. Here is the trail I walked (download KML):

I had already been a few times to those mountains: The trailhead is in Annecy-le-Vieux, right next to the lake and not very far from where I live. I wrote a post about it a few years ago. This time, I changed the path a little: Instead of going directly to Col du Pré-Vernet from the trailhead near the Petit Port, I first took a secondary trail through Mont Rampignon. From the Col, I then found the main path to reach the ridge of Mont Veyrier. I followed that trail through the summits of Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, until I arrived at the platform of the old Mont Baron cable car (Ancien Téléphérique du Mont Baron). There was a great view on the lake from up there. I ate lunch then started on the way down. Instead of going directly to Veyrier-du-Lac like I did the last time, I took a path in the forest until Le Biclop, right before the Talabar cliff. From there, I went down to Chavoire in Veyrier and arrived at Lake Annecy very soon after. Finally, I walked along the lake until the Petit Port.

Above, Mont Veyrier seen from Parc Vignières-Pommaries in Annecy-le-Vieux, near where I live.

Above, lake at the Petit Port.

Above, trailhead.

Above, trail around Mont Rampignon.

Above, viewpoint of Mont Rampon, a short walk from Col du Pré-Vernet.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, on the main path to Col des Sauts and the ridge.

Above, view from Col des Sauts.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, snow on the Bauges.

Above, Veyrier-du-Lac and Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Old Town.

Above, cairn at the summit of Mont Veyrier.

Above, view from the summit of Mont Baron.

Above, platform of the former cable car.

Above, lizards.

Above, Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, Dent du Cruet, Pointe de Talamarche and Dents de Lanfon.

Above, at the platform.

Above, snow on the Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes and Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, paraglider below.

Above, on the way down.

Above, at Le Biclop.

Above, at Chavoire in Veyrier.

Above, Talabar cliff.

Above, lakeside path.

Above, back at the Petit Port.

Above, back at Parc Vignières-Pommaries.