La Tournette

La Tournette, Annecy: Address, La Tournette Reviews: 5/5

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Survivory
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg890 contributions
Oct 2020
This is the highest peak around Lake Annecy and it can be climbed from more than one direction. I would say that most people that come with the aim to get to the top arrive from the lake and drive up to Chalet de l'aulp. From there you follow the signs. As with most other hiking places in the area, the hiking paths are very well marked and easy to follow. If you "attack" the peak from the other side (from Les Clefs) you need a map and gps because there the paths are not as marked.

We started our climb a bit further down at Col de la Forclaz and did not go all the way to the top. But the view of the lake and mountains is anyway fantastic and the hike can be done by most people that are reasonable fit without any special gear. Good hiking shoes helps.
Written October 24, 2020
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Jurma S
The Hague, The Netherlands208 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We parked the car at the beginning of the trail. It is possible to drive to the restaurant le Chalet de l’Aulp where the trail begins. You have to be in good condition if you take the steep route. When you reach the shepherds shelter, the route will split left and to the right. We went left. It was a steep climb at 2/3 of this route but manageable if you are in shape and are a experienced hiker. Bring water, food and wear hiking boots or shoes with a good grip cause you’ll need it.

It took 2,5/3 hours to get to the top en less than 2 to get down. We celebrated with a gigantic lunch at the restaurant Le Chalet de l’Aulp. 2x 3-course lunch with 2 cokes and 2 beers. Paid around €50. Highly recommend it!
Written November 10, 2019
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Claire O
13 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Beautiful walk, it can be challenging at times especially the further up you get but each step you make the view just keeps getting better and better. Definitely not to be missed if you are up for a strenuous walk up to the top and back. Loved it!
Written September 19, 2019
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rovingsteve
Ramsgate, UK310 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
only for the fit and well as is tricky in places. offers great views of Lake Annecy and the surrounding area
Written August 13, 2018
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MrsCanas
Sydney, Australia34 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We attempted to drive up but the last stretch was covered in snow so we had to stop and play in the snow on the side of the road. The views are amazing here.....so serene!
Written April 15, 2018
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robertthomas10
Paris, France164 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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Fabio C
Annecy, France44 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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Celeste
1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Family
Great hike to go on with a family, as a couple, or just in general. You can start at several different points at the mountain and there are several restaurants at the bases. The hike was steep but doable- a good 3 hours up, 2 down. At the top, there are chains that you have to scramble up. You can turn around at any point in the trail and head the same way down. The views are amazing--a wonderful day trip!
Written August 15, 2017
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monique r
38 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
20 kms far from Annecy..surrounded by many mountains reflecting in the splendid lake..
a quite difficult.walk..up to thr top..2000 m high...moe difficult at the end. you ll find a restaurant " refuge " on the way..
from thete up..the point of wiew is..wwwaooww.!!.
but..i insist...its not a simple ascension..for trained persons...
Written July 17, 2017
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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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