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.

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La Tournette in the morning @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, La Tournette.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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

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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.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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

Above, Refuge de l’Aulp de Marlens.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to Col des Porthets.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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

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Sheep @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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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.

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Col des Porthets @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to the lake.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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Above, Lac du Mont Charvin.

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Above, Mont Charvin.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Arête du Lac.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, on the path to Pas de l’Ours.

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Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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

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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.

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Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Arête du Lac @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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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

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Above, at the summit.

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Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Pas de l’Ours.

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Above, Mont Blanc.

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Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, Ugine.

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Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Summit @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, fog on the way down.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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Hike to Mont Charvin

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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.

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Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

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Hike to Mont Charvin

Hike to Mont Charvin

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Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

Above, goats on the way to Thônes.

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Goats @ Hike to Mont Charvin

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Hike to Pic de Jallouvre

The Pic de Jallouvre is a mountain in the Bornes Massif located near Le Grand-Bornand in Haute-Savoie. I followed this itinerary (in the other direction; also I walked until the Col de la Colombière and the end diverges a bit as well), going on a loop around the Pic starting and ending at Le Grand-Bornand.

I arrived at Le Grand-Bornand by LIHSA bus from Annecy. It was September so there were no more shuttles to the Col de la Colombière and I had to walk there instead, alternating between the paved road and shortcuts in the forest until Le Chinaillon. Near the Roc des Tours, I took the Sentier de Découverte and later the trail named “GR de Pays Tour Massif de Tournette/Aravis”, which led me near the Col de la Colombière and the start of the trail to the Pic de Jallouvre. I mistakenly walked past the start of the trail (it was unmarked) until the Col so I had to go back but I was soon on my way up again. After a while, I saw the Col du Rasoir (Razor’s Pass), between the Pic de Jallouvre and Pointe Blanche. The trail leading up to the Col was very steep and hands were necessary. I then walked along the Col to make the ascent to the Pic Jallouvre. I saw an alpine ibex there while eating lunch. After getting back to the Col du Rasoir, I went down on the other side to Col de Sosay and then on to the Lac de Lessy and its Chalet. I walked along the lake for a bit but soon went on my way to Col de la Forclaz and then down again to the Chalets de Mayse. I then took the trail to Col du Planay, between the Roc des Tours and Roc de Charmieux. Finally, I found the road I took in the morning on the way up in order to get back to Le Grand-Bornand and barely catch the last bus to Annecy.

Above, cow fountain in the Grand-Bornand.

Above, towards the Vallée du Bouchet.

Above, Le Grand-Bornand.

Above, Le Buclon and Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, Le Chinaillon.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Le Buclon.

Above, trail to Aiguille Verte.

Above, on the GRP Tournette/Aravis.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Col de la Colombière.

Above, at the Col.

Above, on the way to Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Col du Rasoir.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe Blanche.

Above, Lac de Lessy.

Above, summit of Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe Blanche.

Above, Pointe Percée, in the Aravis.

Above, Col du Rasoir.

Above, unicorn ibex.

Above, on the way down.

Above, on the other side.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe Blanche.

Above, Col de Sosay.

Above, Lac de Lessy and Aiguille Verte.

Above, Le Buclon.

Above, Chalet de Lessy.

Above, Lac de Lessy from Col de la Forclaz.

Above, path to Col du Planay.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, Combes des Aravis.

Above, Combe du Grand-Crêt.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Hike to Lac des Chambres, Pointe de Bellegarde & Lac de la Vogealle (part 2)

This is the second part of the loop around Pointe Rousse des Chambres. Below are photos of the trail from the summit of Pointe de Bellegarde to Samoëns, passing through Lac de la Vogealle and Combe aux Puaires.

Above, Giffre torrent, in the Cirque du Fer à Cheval.

Above, on the way down to Col des Chambres.

Above, herd of alpine ibexes.

Above, Pointe de Bellegarde.

Above, alpine ibex in front of the Pointe Rousse des Chambres.

Above, at Col des Chambres.

Above, the correct path to Pas de l’Ours passes through the stones there.

Above, Pointe Rousse des Chambres.

Above, on the way down the Combe de la Vogeallette.

Above, Combe de la Vogeallette.

Above, Pointe de Bellegarde from below.

Above, at the bottom of the Combe, with the Pointe Rousse now completely in the clouds.

Above, looking at Col des Chambres.

Above, on the way up again, trying to get back to the trail.

Above, Lac de la Vogealle and Combe de la Vogealle.

Above, Pas de l’Ours, back on the trail.

Above, Refuge de la Vogealle.

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

Above, on the path to Lac de la Vogealle.

Above, Lac de la Vogealle.

Above, herd of sheep (and a few goats).

Above, on the way to Combe aux Puaires.

Above, last look at the lake.

Above, at the Combe aux Puaires.

Above, back on grass.

Above, curious sheep. Usually, they are very shy but this one approached me and let itself be pet.

Above, sunlight in the valley.

Above, Refuge du Folly.

Above, near the Parking.

Hike to Lac des Chambres, Pointe de Bellegarde & Lac de la Vogealle (part 1)

The Lac des Chambres, Pointe de Bellegarde and Lac de la Vogealle are located next to the Cirque du Fer à Cheval in the Massif du Giffre, in Haute-Savoie. They are points of interest on the Tour des Dents Blanches, which takes multiple days. For myself, I just went there for a day-hike walking a loop around the Pointe Rousse des Chambres, starting and ending in the village of Samoëns. The itinerary I followed was like this one (although in the other direction as the one described). Here is a map. Here is more detailed description of the trail until Lac de la Vogealle and some instructions to go up to Combe aux Puaires from there. In this post, I am posting photos from the part from Samoëns to the summit of Pointe de Bellegarde. I will post the rest in Part 2.

In the morning, I took the first train from Annecy to Cluses. There are LIHSA buses that go to Samoëns and Six-Fer-à-Cheval but they are not very convenient. Therefore, I took my bike on the train with me and was able to bike to the start of the trail in Samoëns, near a parking slightly before the Parking des Allamands. I then started on the forest path to the Refuge de Folly. After the refuge, I went past the entrance to the Gouffre Jean-Bernard (one of the deepest cave systems in the world) then continued to the Lac des Chambres. Even at the end of August, there was still ice on it. I got around the lake on the left side and walked up the Combe des Chambres towards Col des Chambres, with the Pointe Rousse des Chambres on the left side and the Avoudrues on the right. After reaching the Col, I went up the Pointe de Bellegarde nearby. It had started to get cloudy by that time so there was not much to see from the summit unfortunately: Normally there is a great view on the Cirque du Fer à Cheval below and the surrounding mountains. After eating lunch, I walked back to the Col des Chambres, meeting a large herd of alpines ibexes on the way. I then went on my way to the Lac de la Vogealle but I took the wrong path: I went down the Combe de la Vogeallette and I had to go up again using a different path to reach the Pas de l’Ours and then, finally, the Lac de la Vogealle. I got around the lake then went up again to the Combe aux Puaires. The landscape there was really strange: Mostly limestone, and a very thick fog. After leaving the stones behind, I went down to the Refuge de Folly then continued on the same path I took in the morning. It had started to get dark when I arrived in Samoëns. It was night when I arrived in Cluses. I thought I could catch the last train back to Annecy, but I was not event close and I had to spend the night there.

Above, Cluses, seen in the morning from the road to Taninges and Samoëns.

Above, Pic du Marcelly.

Above, Pointe du Tuet.

Above, Aiguille de Criou.

Above, wolf’s bane.

Above, Combe aux Puaires.

Above, past the Refuge de Folly, on the way to Lac des Chambres and Combe des Chambres.

Above, Pointe du Tuet.

Above, Lac des Chambres.

Above, I first tried to get around the lake on the right side but the path went nowhere.

Above, on the other side of the lake.

Above, Combe des Chambres.

Above, Avoudrues.

Above, leaving behind the Lac des Chambres.

Above, on the way to Col des Chambres.

Above, Pointe de Bellegarde.

Above, cairns at Col des Chambres.

Above, Pointe Rousse des Chambres and a group of British hikers.

Above, Pic du Tenneverge and Pointe de Bellegarde.

Above, Mont Ruan on the left and Pic du Tenneverge on the right. The border with Switzerland goes along those mountains.

Above, waterfalls in the Cirque du Fer à Cheval.

Above, Pic du Tenneverge.

Above, on the way to Pointe de Bellegarde.

Above, summit of Pointe de Bellegarde.

Above, view from the summit, looking in the direction of Lac de la Vogealle.

Above, Combe de la Vogeallette.

Above, Col des Chambres and Pointe Rousse des Chambres.

Above, waterfall in Cirque du Fer à Cheval.

Hike from Plan de la Lai to Col des Fours & Ville des Glaciers

The hike from Plan de la Lai to Ville des Glaciers was one of the best hikes I did this summer. It starts at the Refuge du Plan de la Lai, between Beaufort and Bourg Saint-Maurice, in the Beaufortain. It then goes through the Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme, a usual stop on the Tour du Beaufourtain, then continues to Col des Fours, before finally going down to the Vallée des Glaciers. I basically followed this itinerary (with map), with a detour to Rocher du Vent and the Roches Merles at the beginning and through the Têtes Nord and Sud des Fours near Col des Fours.

Getting to the start of the trail was a bit involved: I took the first LIHSA bus from Annecy to Albertville, then boarded a summer shuttle to Beaufort-sur-Doron, then switched again to another one which followed the Route des Grandes Alpes and got me to the Refuge du Plan de la Lai. From there, the trail was pretty straightforward. However, instead of going directly to the Crête des Gittes at the back of the Plan de la Lai, I made a detour to the Rocher du Vent: There was a great view of the Lac de Roselend and Lac de la Gittaz from there. I then followed the ridge until the Roches Merles, before going down to Col de la Sauce. I was keeping an eye out for the marmots which are numerous in the area but I didn’t see any there, just many of their holes in the ground. After Col de la Sauce, I took the ridge trail on Crête des Gittes to get to the Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme: The Mont Blanc was visible along the way. I then continued walking until Col des Fours. From there, I made a first detour to the Tête Nord des Fours (North Head), the highest peak of the day. Then I went up on the other side of the pass to the Tête Sud (South Head). I thought I could go down to the Lac de Mya from there but I could not find a trail. Instead, I went back to Col des Fours and started down from there and made a detour through the Lac de Mya, before finally making the descent to the valley. Along the way, I saw a herd of ibexes and a few marmots (mostly a furry blur though). At Ville des Glaciers, I took the last shuttle to Les Chapieux, a bit further below in the valley towards Bourg Saint-Maurice. I had to switch to another shuttle to reach Bourg Saint-Maurice. I walked around the village for a bit before taking the train, first to Chambéry then, finally, to Annecy.

Above,in Albertville, waiting for the shuttle to Beaufort.

Above, Beaufort-sur-Doron.

Above, Lac de Roselend.

Above, at the Refuge de Plan de la Lai.

Above, Rocher du Vent (Rock of the Wind).

Above, Plan de la Lai.

Above, at the Rocher du Vent.

Above, Lac de la Gittaz.

Above, view from the plateau on top of the Rocher.

Above, Lac de Roselend.

Above, looking towards Beaufort.

Above, Via Ferrata climbers.

Above, on the way to the Roches Merles.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, Crête des Gittes.

Above, Aiguille de la Pennaz.

Above, at the Roches Merles.

Above, Col de la Sauce.

Above, marmot hole.

Above, Tarentaise cow.

Above, cows at Col de la Sauce.

Above, Roches Merles and Rocher du Vent.

Above, Plan de la Lai.

Above, on the Crête des Gittes.

Above, looking towards Les Chapieux.

Above, view from the summit of Crête des Gittes.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme.

Above, Les Chapieux.

Above, on the way to Col des Fours.

Above, Aiguille des Glaciers.

Above, at Col des Fours.

Above, Tête Sud des Fours.

Above, Tête Nord des Fours.

Above, view from Tête Nord des Fours.

Above, Lac de Mya.

Above, Tête Sud des Fours.

Above, Col des Fours.

Above, an alpine ibex.

Above, Tête Nord des Fours.

Above, Lac de Mya.

Above, marmot.

Above, Ville des Glaciers.

Above, Vallée des Glaciers.

Above, Aiguille des Glaciers.

Above, at Les Chapieux.

Above, Les Arcs above Bourg Saint-Maurice.

Above, Bourg Saint-Maurice railway station.