A summit and vistas in a site dominated by pastures.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Head to the Sur Lyand cross country ski resort on the D123 from the village of Gignez in the municipality of Corbonod in the department of Ain near Seyssel, on Route du Col de la Biche.
Park in the main car park of the cross country skiing centre (S), then walk back up the road and you will already find yourself in pastures that are delineated on the road by cattle grids heading towards Col de la Biche as far as the cross of Famban (1) 1316 m.
Then head due south following a farming track through the large pasture, using a small peak in the distance as a bearing.
After crossing the pasture and passing barriers and fences, reach a ridge trail (2) that is well marked and signposted; follow it up to Col de Charbemènes at 1,317 m (3) at a junction of the trails.
From the pass follow the marked trail that leads you to the Grand Colombier cross in about 40 minutes (4) at 1,525 m.
Orientation table and views over Lake Bourget, Lake Annecy, the Rhône, the Gorges du Fier...
Back to Charbemènes Pass (3) by the same route.
Arrive at the pass and head to the right in the pasture where the route will gradually move north into the woods and lead to a further pasture at Les Platières; continue to follow the directions and signs to “Sur Lyand".
Head left (5), the track will head north again and cross the Combe Giret (6) before reaching the path near the start.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1228m
1 : km 1.27 - alt. 1315m - Croix de Famban
2 : km 3.34 - alt. 1396m - Sentier de Crête
3 : km 5.19 - alt. 1316m - Col de Charbemènes
4 : km 6.58 - alt. 1506m - Grand Colombier cross - Col du Grand Colombier
5 : km 9.95 - alt. 1232m - Les Plattières
6 : km 12 - alt. 1254m - Combe Giret
D/A : km 12.89 - alt. 1228m
Light equipment is sufficient for this walk, but do still bring good shoes.
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