This is an amazing hike near Annecy, France. If you're lucky enough you will be able to see the Mont Blanc.

It is at the place called Chalet de l'Aulp (1424 m) that we began this walk. This is after the tarmac road terminus. A small remark: the stony road but carrossable continues to the chalet where you can park your car. But you can also start it from a place called Les Prés Ronds (1216 m).

At the chalet de l'Aulp, take the path on the right, which winds on the ridge in the direction of Pierre Châtelard. Very quickly, the climb is sustained before a crossing on the right in direction of the chalet du Casset. From there, you can see slightly below the shelter of the Tournette. That's near where we spent the night, but you can turn left towards Col du Varo (2151 m) and passe near the refuge for the return loop.

It's okay to sleep in a tent there but we asked to the guardian of the shelter to be sure.

Some delicate passages require the use of hands but many of them are well equipped and which will serve you both ascent and descent.

All that remains is to climb the final climb of the Armchair (2351 m) and appreciate the view.

All along you will have a fantastic view of Annecy's lake and surrounding mountains.

Enjoy ! 

Pack List

  • Proper hiking gear
  • Water
  • Food
  • Your camping gears (if you want to spend the night there)
  • Cameras
  • Warm clothes (it can be really chilly and windy up there)
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RT Distance 3.9 Miles
Elevation Gain 2854.3 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Scenic
Wildlife

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