La Tournette

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  • Andreas V
    42 contributions
    Dangerous beauty
    La Tournette is very special and beautiful. I was hoping to make it to the top, but the whole place was melting and I could hear the deep sound of avalanches nearby. I went as far as the shelter, were crossing was very slippery and dangerous,because of the free fall starting just a couple of meters from the path and melted snow braking in big chunks under your feet. I should have guessed when I saw that there is none to be found there. But still, amazing.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • J_comme_Julie
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    Great adventure
    Excellent day hike experience. It is definitely not an easy hike and I would never have done it if I knew…but it’s really worth it. La Tournette, the views are magnificent and there is such a tranquility. I will definitely climb it next time I’m in the region.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Adèle C
    2 contributions
    The best spot for hiking and ibex
    La Tournette is one of the best hiking I've done ! It's neither easy nor difficult. You just need to have a minimum hiking experience as haut-savoyards and have the appropriate equipement (hiking shoe, maybe walking pole...). Don't forget your gloves when the temperature drops ! At the top, there is a magnificient panoramic view over Haute-Savoie (Annecy lake, Mont-Blanc...) ! Also if you have the chance you can bump into ibex. I deeply recommend this hiking !
    Visited September 2023
    Written October 18, 2023
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Adèle C
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Sep 2023
La Tournette is one of the best hiking I've done !

It's neither easy nor difficult. You just need to have a minimum hiking experience as haut-savoyards and have the appropriate equipement (hiking shoe, maybe walking pole...). Don't forget your gloves when the temperature drops !
At the top, there is a magnificient panoramic view over Haute-Savoie (Annecy lake, Mont-Blanc...) !

Also if you have the chance you can bump into ibex.

I deeply recommend this hiking !
Written October 18, 2023
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J_comme_Julie
London, UK7 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Excellent day hike experience. It is definitely not an easy hike and I would never have done it if I knew…but it’s really worth it.
La Tournette, the views are magnificent and there is such a tranquility.
I will definitely climb it next time I’m in the region.
Written September 7, 2023
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Hivedoc
Kensington, MD261 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
I hiked La Tournette with my ten year old son in late June. To get to the trail head a car is necessary. From Annecy it is a 20-30 minute drive along the lake to the small town on Montmin. In Montmin, there is a small turn off up a steep hill with a sign labeled La Tournette Haute Savoie. Two miles or so on a small road between houses and you will hit a parking lot. Most seem to park there or you can continue on a dirt road up to a cheese shop and cafe where there too is parking. This will shorten your climb by 20 minutes through a pasture.

Assuming one parks in the lower lot, the trail starts as a moderated slope through pastures with cows and tall grass. Past the grazing land the trail gets steep and soon great views of Lake Annecy appear. Along the way there are nice places to rest including some huts with views of the Alps and lake. Eventually, there are snow fields and easy waterfalls to navigate. The trail is well marked and near the top there are chains and rails to help with more steep and difficult rock scrambles. From the top, views of the lake to one side and Mt. Blanc to the other can't be beat. There were also many ibex to encounter along the way.
Written July 4, 2012
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Fabio Cardoso
Annecy, France45 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
This hike was amazing, If you are looking for a couples or family hike this is perfect.
I saw a lot of people hiking with tents (going up in the afternoon) so they can spend the night at the top and then climb down in the evening.

It took us 7 hours in total from the bottom to the top and back, about 4 hours up and 3 hours down. It's 13Km long (Hiking). I will post a photo of the path time and distance.

We started and finished our hike at "Monté Médio - Via Ferrata Annecy". Tip: You can start the hike a bit higher up, We thought you couldn't drive all the way up but you can, you can leave your car at the "Chalet de L'Aulp". I think you might be able to gain an hour by starting up there.

The views that you will be able to see are just breathless the thing we wanted to see the most was Mont Blanc but for that you will need to get all the way to the top. We saw loads of goats and cows in the mountain, they would come close to you even lick your harm and legs because of the salt from your sweat. (Amazing if you like to take photos with animals).

When you your about 20 min from the top the climbing if very steep so there are chains to help you.

There is a natural river at halfway where we had to refill our bottles with water without filtering it. Anyway no one was sick after that so I am guessing that the water was good to drink.

IMPORTANT: This is the following things that I advise taking with you for this climb.

1. Sun cream
2. 2 liters of water per person
3. Food with sugar (Keep up the strenght) trust me you will need it.

I hope this was helpful for you.

Enjoy the climb and be safe :)
Written November 15, 2017
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Brad P
Phoenixville, PA21 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
I hiked La Tournette alone while staying in Annecy. It was a beautiful July day - 80 degrees and sunny. I wanted to provide a little more info about the trail head for those that follow. I had a car and drove from Annecy - about 40 minutes along the lake and up a winding road with lots of bicyclists to Montmin. You know when you get there because at the peak, there is a restaurant (Hôtel - Restaurant L'Edelweiss - great view), and several gift shops. This peak is also where they run most of the paragliding from (also a must). Continue on that road about 3K to a sweeping right hand turn at the end of which there is a road that cuts off hard left. Take that road up 2K or more - it will feel like you are on a one way. There is a parking lot that accommodates about 50 cars. You can start from there (I did) or drive another 2-3K up a dirt road to another spot/lot at a working farm/restaurant. That road is really bumpy so take your car or rental at your own risk. The hike from the lower lot to the upper lot is 30 minutes. From there you head straight up a marked trail through some pastures. You really can't get lost as the trail to the top is very well marked. It is a 6 hour hike up and back and that is moving at a pretty good clip. The views of Lake Annecy along the entire trip are simply amazing! As you get to the top, there are several sections with chain assist on some rock faces. The peak provides a great view of the lake and of the snow covered alps. On the way down, make sure and stop in the farm for some local cheese and the hostile/restaurant (lower lot parking) for a beer :)
Written July 23, 2015
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Michelle M
Annecy, France173 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
Although I live right beside La Tournette, I've only hiked it fully twice. The Lake (Montmin) side is the fastest and therefore busiest trail. The back trail (Serreval) is interesting as it passes a lovely mountain refuge where you can also stay for the night (with hot showers and great dinner/breakfast deals!). Their flock of goats graze the high pastures around the gite and you pass them on the way up to the top. You can then split the hike into two parts if you are unsure of your fitness level. But overall, easy to complete La Tournette in a day. Usually best to hike in September. No technical equipment needed. The very top has metal stairs and a chain to hold for the most awkward parts. Well worth it for the open views at the top.
Written September 22, 2013
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Dan W
Cranleigh, UK155 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
I dragged my family up La Tournette one sunny August day. We parked a little below the Chalet de l'Aulp where the tarred road turns in to track. I wasn't prepared to risk our car on the track but many did and seemed fine. The extra distance there and back added about 50 minutes to the overall walk.

The walk is pretty brutal, climbing 1200m in altitude while seemingly travelling even less horizontally. Certainly from the top we could see our car clearly way below us. The path is pretty good going, if steep for the first 2 hours and the last hour has quite a lot of rocky scrambles with chains attached to the rock for hand holds.

My children are 11, 13 and 15 and range in athletic attitude and aptitude. We had a few tears on the way up as it is pretty steep (did I mention that already?) but the occasional appearance of wild ibex and the magnificent views kept everyone going. It took us 3 hours from the chalet (3:40 from our car) which meant we got to the summit at around 1:45pm just as the clouds came in, which was a shame but not unpredictable. Lunch at the top with views through gaps in clouds then a 3 hour walk down again. It rained at little at the top of the descent which made some of the rocky bits a bit slippery but nothing too bad.

Great day out and a real sense of achievement for all
Written September 2, 2016
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bweeindc
Washington DC, District of Columbia122 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We parked near the Refuge du Pre Verel and walked up (about 20 minutes) to the Restaurant Le Chalet de l'Aulp where the trail to La Tournette begins, although you could park at the restaurant, too. The trail up to the Refuge de la Tournette (a 2 - 3 floor enclosed structure mid-way up la Tournette) is easy. An immersive Photosynth 360 view from near the Refuge is available at: https://goo.gl/x0zytt

The Refuge de la Tournette sports a cable system for hauling stuff up from the terminus at the bottom, which is the Refuge du Pre Verel. The latter is a nice place to stop and get a lunch if you're down early enough, and the terminus anchor point for the cable is right by one of the outdoor tables. Follow the cable, and you'll see Refuge de la Tournette.

Wear sturdy shoes and/or bring a hiking pole, it'll help on the way down: certain parts of the well worn trail don't afford too much purchase to the soles of the shoes.
Written September 9, 2015
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robertthomas10
Paris, France169 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
6 of us did the hike from the lake to the top and camped overnight facing the Mont Blanc. Great views, beautiful wildlife, steep parts with some sections offering chains for help. The best hike around the lake. You can cut the hike in halp by starting at the chalet de l'Aulp.
Written December 11, 2017
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James B
15 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
To start with we drove up the winding gravel road to the restaront car park at the top and set of for our hike. We were taken up La Tourette by our eurocamp guide Karl. It is quite a technical hike and I wouldn't recommend it to any inexperienced hikers also do be aware of the temperature on the day we did it it was 20 in Annecy 16 at the restaurant and probably below 10 at the top and when it starts raining or you get wind it is very very cold. To start of with we hiked up into the fog and about half way it started raining in the fog. We were looking for the refuge as a marking point and we had an amazing moment were Karl said I think the refuge is about there, and then the fog cleared it was just there! We went over to the refuge and waited for the weather to clear. Karl said we will wait until 1:00 and make our decision then we had 15 minutes for the weather to clear, then the weather cleared in our area and Karl asked what the time was it was 30 seconds to 1:00. as we continued up we continued up through a dozen of "technical" bites with chains to help you up. As we got up we got back into the clouds with occasional breaks in the clouds, this was when we could see the amazing views. At the top we climbed up this giant rock at the top, (the summit.) we continued up using the rocks and chains to help us up, and a ladder at the top, ( a luxury for a mountain) at the top we could see the cross and took photos and enjoyed a few snack although it was very cold. At the bottom The adults enjoyed a beer and the kids a Oringina.
We went up in 3hours and down in 3 hours but do leave time for waiting, lunch, bad weather ext
What an adventure.
Written August 8, 2016
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