10 October 2022/in Our hiking in Savoie, Haute-Savoie and elsewhere/by Bastien

25 July 2015

I had a very nice hike on Monday in the “Massif des Aravis”, from “Montmin” up “La Tournette”!

Thank you Laurence for helping me discover this beautiful hike.

The hike, with a backdrop of “Lac D’Annecy” is very technical in the final part: in fact, many passages are equipped with cables and chain. It is very common to come across Ibex and Chamois there.

A must to conclude your day is going to swim in Lake Annecy.


Tournette (2351 m) from Montmin

Practical information:

Map: IGN TOP 25 3431OT Lake Annecy
Departure altitude: 1050m
Arrival altitude: 2353m
Vertical drop: 1301m
Schedule: 4:20 climb, descent 2:45
Orientation: W.

Description of the route:

Since the Church of Montmin, follow the small road that leads to the reservoir 1127m then the marked trail that takes the direction of the “Combe Charvet”. The route skirts the cliff “Lars”, before joining the ridge “Frêtes”. Then by a rising traverse, we arrive at a small pass at the eastern tip of the “Bajulaz”. Then a path open to it find the normal route of chalet Aulp. It remains only to climb the last meters to reach the summit.

Descend by the same route or go down the path of the Aulp pass. From the parking “des Prés Ronds”, a path leads back to “Montmin” avoiding the paved road.

In winter, the classic route is the North east side.

By road: After “Thônes”, take the road to “Faverges”, pass the “Les Clefs” Hamlet and take the small road on the right Belchamp (sign: Tournette) and follow it to its end.

Go up the road then the upper slopes rather on the left.

Leave the forest, heading to the SW and aim for a gap to the left of the summit. Go up this couloir then head to the right to pass over rocky ledges. Shoes off at the base of the summit and walk up the small couloir (steep) 20m. Lead to wide ladder that gives access to the summit (cornices).

Descent by the same route (Orientation: NE; times are 3 to 3:30 hours of ascent; the descent altitude difference to Belchamp is 1400m)

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