Overview for Aravis Range to Lake Annecy
The Aravis massif is a hidden gem, rising between the lower terrain of the Rhône Valley to the West and the towering Mont Blanc range to the East. The range is footed by old farming villages, famous among the locals for their artisanal cheese production. The upkeep of old traditions gives an extra dimension to the area, adding to its air of authentic Alpine charm. The tour ends with a beautiful arrival at Lake Annecy, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps.
- Four of the most authentic and best-preserved villages in the French Prealps: Grand Bornand, Chinaillon, Clusaz and Saint Jean de Sixt
- The capital of Reblochon – the beautiful town of Thônes
- The charming village of Talloires
- Superb panoramas over Lake Annecy
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Day 1: Arrival Saint Jean de Sixt
Your journey begins in the authentic village of the Aravis. Accommodation in a 3* hotel with a swimming pool in Saint Jean de Sixt. Depending on your arrival time, you can take a walk and visit the village.
Day 2: Saint Jean de Sixt – Les Confins
The route takes you up to The Plateau des Confins. Here you can choose between two itineraries: a) a longer version by the Pointe de Beauregard and the pass of the Aravis with walking distance up to 7 hrs; or, b) 4 hrs walk by the Mouilles de la Perrière and the top of Tete de Danay (1731m) with a very beautiful panorama on the chain of Aravis in the East and on the Mount Lachat de Chatillon and the valley of Bouchet.
Walking for the day: 4 to 7 hours, ↑1220/ 750m (21 km) ↓830/ 350m according to the chosen route
Day 3: Plateau des Confins – Chinaillon
In the morning, you will walk by the pass of Annes (1721m), passing by the bottom of the summit of the Aravis: the Pointe Percée (2750m). The high mountain pastures of the Confins plateau, after that you will reach the Bouchet valley in the beautiful corrie, under the Pointe Percée (2750m) and the Pointe du Roulletaz (2077m). The path by-passes some sides of the mountain to cross the pass of Borneronde and the pass of Annes (1721m) easily. You can have a lunch break at the cottage at the pass of Annes.Then you will descend to the hamlet of Chinaillon under the ridges of the Pointes d’Almet, Grande Combe and the Pointe de Deux Heures.
Walking for the day: 5 to 6 hours, ↑800/600m (15 km) ↓850/650m according to the chosen route
Day 4: Chinaillon – Grand Bornand
Leaving Chinaillon behind, you will climb by the ridge of Aiguille Verte (2000m) and the Lessy Lake. The view from the Aiguille Verte to the summit of the Aravis (Pointe Percée) is splendid, after that, you will cross the pass of Forclaz and go down to the hamlet of Mayse (sheepfold, cottage, drinks, snacks). The stage continues with a climb to the pass of Planay between the Roc des Tours and the Roc des Charmieux and a descent to reach the itinerary that will lead you to the Mouilles, Tannaz and the Grand Bornan. You can picnic in the chalet of Mayse.
Walking for the day: 4-7 hours, ↑1070/470m (18km) ↓1450/650m according to the chosen route
Day 5: Grand Bornand – Thônes
There are two options for today’s walk to Thônes:
Option 1 – You go to Saint Jean de Sixt via the small pastures of Pochons and Frasses (less than 2 hours walking), or you take the local bus to St Jean de Sixt, and you walk to Thônes via the pastures of Mont, les Fours and Fételay. Beautiful view over the Tourette massif.
Option 2 – A longer walk, same difficulty – from Saint Jean de Sixt you can climb to the plateau of Beauregard and “Le Planet”.
Walking for the day: 5 to 7 hours, 14/18 km, ↑870/1050m ↓1130/1240m according to the chosen route
Day 6: Thônes – Annecy
Early transfer to Montremont (9km).
Ascension to the foot of Tourette by the Col de Nantes pass (1426 m) with simply breathtaking views over the lake of Annecy. Descent to the bottom of the Lanfon by the path around the lake. You will reach Talloires near the lake. You will then take a boat that goes around the lake to reach Annecy by Doussard and Duingt. Overnight in Annecy.
Walking for the day: 4 to 5 hours, ↑600/850m ↓1000/1270m (3 walking options)
Day 7: Departure or Extension
Departure on your own or extension upon request.
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Accommodation in 2* hotels or equivalent, 3* in Saint Jean de Sixt, Le Chinaillon and Thônes, 3* hotel in Annecy. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel (from the ones pictured above) is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfasts and dinners are included and served at the accommodation. Packed lunches are available at an extra cost from the accommodation (pack of five lunches available at an extra cost).
Please note that dinner is not included on Day 6 in Annecy, where you will have plenty of options to dine in one of the many restaurants in the old town.
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Geneva is the most convenient airport.
From Geneva, there are bus and train connections to Annecy (duration approx. 2-3 hours). For further information, timetables and tickets, visit SBB. From Annecy to St Jean de Sixt you can take a bus for a 50 minutes journey (July and August only) with Voyages CROLARD.
Free parking is available at the starting hotel.
A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.
- In bigger towns, you will have no problems finding English speaking service in hotels or restaurants. However, we suggest carrying a dictionary or a phrasebook with you. Please be aware that only a few restaurants offer multi-lingual menus.
- The currency in France is the Euro (€).
- 112 enables anyone to call emergency services from anywhere in the European Union.
- Up-to-date travel advice on France is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
The walking sections require good fitness level; there are no steep descents and ascents. You walk on walking paths or forest trails as well as on asphalted paths. Daily walking times are not more than 6 hours (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available from June till September. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.
The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the June-September period, the daily averages are 20 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain.
Included for Aravis Range to Lake AnnecyGo to top of page
- Six overnight stays in private en-suite rooms
- Six breakfasts and five dinners
- Luggage transfers on walking days
- Transfer from Thônes to Montremont (9 km)
- Boat fare to Annecy on Day 6
- Detailed route descriptions, travel and tour documents (one set per room)
- GPS data to use via our smartphone app
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
Options and Extras
- Single room supplement
- Solo traveller supplement
- Extra nights
- Optional five picnic lunches
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Flights and connecting land transfers
- Bus fare to the pass of Bluffy
- Lunch meals / Picnics
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme