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Hiking in the Aravis

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Located at the edge of Lake Annecy, the Aravis massif is a remarkable playground for hikers of all levels. Focus on the 10 most beautiful hikes in the Aravis.

Pointe d'Orcière

This hike is accessible to children and occasional walkers because the route has a reasonable drop for an alpine route (500 m). Allow for more than 4 hours of walking to reach the summit, contemplate the Bouchet valley and return to your starting point (a place called Le Torchon in Manigod).

  • Length: 11 km
  • Duration: 4h30
  • Level: Easy
  • Elevation: 540 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Aravis and pastures of Blanchet

Probably one of the most beautiful mid-level hikes in the Aravis range. From the center of La Giettaz, you will walk among the pastures and come across some torrents and wooden chalets on the way. The trail is well marked (yellow markings).

  • Length: 12 km
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Intermediate level
  • Elevation: 690 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Lessy Lake and Aiguilles Vertes

During this walk which leaves from Petit-Bornand, you will quickly pass from alpine pastures to rocky paths and shaded paths in the forest.

  • Length: 12.3 km
  • Duration: 5:45
  • Intermediate level
  • Elevation: 930 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Peyre Lake

You will leave from the Col de la Colombière at Le Reposoir to reach the beautiful Peyre Lake (approximately 1 hour 40 mins climb). If the sky is clear, you will have a privileged view of the Aravis range and the Mont-Blanc massif.

  • Length: 5.10 km
  • Duration: 2h30
  • Intermediate level
  • Elevation: 490 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Pointe de l'Almet

One of the most accessible loop circuits from the Col de la Colombière to the resthouse, above Le Grand Bornand.

  • Length: 11.5 km
  • Duration: 5h30
  • Intermediate level
  • Elevation: 940 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Pointe de Tardevant

A difficult circular circuit with more than 1,000 m of elevation gain with, as a bonus, 360 ° panoramic views of the highest Alpine peaks. The hike starts from the Confins car park in La Clusaz.

  • Length: 12.8 km
  • Duration: 6h15
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 1,085 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Pointe de Deux Heures

This hike starting from the resthouse (col de la Colombière) is a good alternative to the Peyre lake circuit if you want to spice up your day.

  • Length: 8.2 km
  • Duration: 3h30
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 530 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Mont Lachat

The beauty of the landscapes is up to the efforts to be made: more than 6 hours of walking and 1,300 m of elevation. If you are an excellent walker, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Aravis and Lake Annecy. This route starts from the town of Saint-Jean-de-Sixt.

  • Length: 11.65 km
  • Duration: 6h30
  • Level: Difficult
  • Elevation: 1,310 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Pointe Percée

Direction Le Grand Bornand for a very difficult circuit reserved for excellent walkers. Allow a little more than 5 hours to climb the more than 1100 m of elevation gain, admire the landscape from the summit of Pointe Percée and descend. If you want to avoid meeting other hikers, take the path that goes through the Cheminées de Sallanches.

  • Length: 9.15 km
  • Duration: 5:15
  • Level: Very difficult
  • Elevation: 1,120 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

Mont Fleuri

A circuit little used from La Clusaz which requires excellent physical condition and experience of treks in the high mountains.

  • Length: 13.6 km
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Level: Very difficult
  • Elevation: 1,350 m
  • Loop tour: Yes

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