Follow the footpaths deep into the heart of the Annecy Mountains.
Hundreds of kilometres of footpaths criss-cross the Bauges, Bornes and Aravis mountains, inviting you to enjoy all sorts of hiking experiences. Enter the Bange or Diau caves, descend the wild Ablon gorge, learn about the history of the Glières plateau, admire the waterfalls of Angon or Nant Debout, explore the Parmelan karren, sit on top of the Fauteuil de la Tournette or walk up to the Pointe Percée or the Mont Charvin. Between forests, rocks and mountain pastures, these hikes – and many others – explore a whole diversity of different terrain that will fill you with wonder!
The region is traversed by a number of long-distance hiking routes, including a section of the famous GR 96 trail which crosses the Glières plateau and takes you around the Aravis mountains in 4 days. Other loop itineraries – which by definition can be started at a number of different places – follow local long-distance (GR) trails: Tournette-Aravis (9 days), Tour du Val Sulens (5 days), Tour du Lac d’Annecy (5 days) and Tour de la Sambuy (3 days). All great ways to soak up the surrounding atmosphere and experience life at nature’s pace.
Walk through woods to reach the Mont Veyrier ridge or across forests, mountain hamlets and meadows on the Bochettes loop trail to enjoy the beautiful views over Lake Annecy. The Danay circuit, mainly on forest trails and the Sulens ascent across mountain pastures lead to 360° panoramas of the Aravis range and neighbouring mountains. If you keep your eyes peeled on the Aiguille Verte trail, you might spot a bearded vulture and will enjoy a view stretching as far as Lake Geneva and the Mont Blanc!
For seasoned hikers, the Trou de la Mouche, Pointe Percée and Trou de la Chapelle trails are somewhat more challenging, with exposed sections, requiring a good level of physical fitness and a degree of mountain experience. But at the top you’ll be rewarded by the awe-inspiring beauty of these unusual summits. Don’t hesitate to call upon the services of a mountain guide!
These two easy-to-use apps ensure you never miss a thing when it comes to the natural and cultural heritage of the Annecy Mountains. Besides maps, itineraries and GPS features, the selection filters help you find just the right hiking route for you, along with audio content about heritage gems, wildlife, plants, etc. encountered along the way. Don’t hesitate if you want to travel light and enjoy the scenery!
Download the Virées en Aravis app