Mont Rond / Col de la Faucille

Last winter, on Christmas day, I went to Col de la Faucille, in the French Jura near Geneva. There is a ski resort there but there was barely any snow. I took the ropeway to the summit of Mont Rond and walked around for a bit.

Above, Mont Rond.

Above, at Col de la Faucille.

Above, TV relay at the summit of Mont Rond.

Above, Pays de Gex, Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

Above, not enough snow to ski.

Above, Jura.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Haight

After the Presidio, I walked to the Golden Gate Park then continued to the observation area of the Twin Peaks. Finally, I headed down to Market Street and my hotel.

Above, De Young Museum in the Golden Gate Park.

Above, California Academy of Sciences.

Above, Hamon Tower. It houses an observatory. Unfortunately, the museum was just closing when I arrived so I could not get in.

Above, walking up the road to the Twin Peaks.

Above, the Financial District.

Above, view of Market Street and the Financial District from the observation area of the Twin Peaks.

 

 

Above, radio tower of Mount Sutro.

Above, radio towers near the observation area.

Above, going up to the summit of one of the Peaks.

Above, Market Street.

Above, the second Peak.

Above, on Haight Street.

Above, Twitter HQ on Market Street.

Khewra Salt Mine

The Khewra Salt Mine is located in the Salt Range mountains in Punjab, Pakistan, between Lahore and Islamabad. It is Pakistan’s largest and oldest salt mine and the world’s second largest. It is said to have been discovered when horses in the army of Alexander the Great began licking the stones near the mine. It is now a major tourist attraction in the area.

Above, parking near the mine.

Above, entrance of the mine.

Above, I took a train to reach the main cavern. It is also possible to walk but the train is more practical.

Above, mosque made out of salt bricks.

Above, in the Salt Range near the mine.

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 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.