Day hike - Walking time : 6h30
Level : Expert
Elevation gain : 950m / Loss of elevation : 950m
Conquering the Tournette is an adventure that requires physical preparation, good equipment and hiking experience.
Supervised by a mountain leader, you will evolve in safety and in small groups. You will also learn about the fauna, flora and specific geology of our mountains.
In the morning, we will leave early from the chalet de l'Aulp at 1426m in order to take advantage of the freshness and to avoid the crowd. The path up, already steep, zigzags through the mountain pastures. Arriving under the Pierre Châtelard, we finished the first part of the ascent and continued on a rocky ridge towards the chalet du Casset. The Tournette refuge, set on the edge of the cliffs, can be seen at the foot of the Casset cliffs. It is not uncommon to observe an old male ibex in the area. Our route then continues under the cliffs. The route becomes more technical in the limestone rocks and lapiaz. The summit is finally revealed under the rocky bars. Once we reach the Varo pass, we can finally see the Bornes and Aravis mountains. We are at the foot of the last part, the most technical but also the most beautiful. Many cabled and chained passages await us. They are there to secure the progression which can be technical. We are now at the foot of the "Fauteuil", the limestone monolith that forms the summit of the Tournette. To reach it, we will have to make a final effort by taking a path built into the rock with chains and a beautiful ladder to reach the summit. The reward is finally there! An exceptional panorama of Lake Annecy below. Behind us, the Mont-Blanc massif, the Swiss Alps, then further south the Vanoise and the Ecrins. The return journey will take place on the path that led up to the top.
You can also schedule your outing at another date and/or in a private group > Information and prices for private engagements.
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