The Nivolet Cross circuit from Feclaz

A circuit from Féclaz to the Nivolet Cross overlooking Chambéry.

Technical sheet
No. 64490
A Les Déserts walk posted on 05/06/14 by bernardino. Update : 18/07/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 9.94km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 284m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 292m
Highest point Highest point : 1537m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1294m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Bauges
Location Location : Les Déserts (73230)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.64174° / E 5.984638°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3332OT
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Description

Park at the car park in front of the Aurora Chalet (S), a cottage belonging to the FOL.
At the crossroads, take the D206a for about 500 m (sign for Chalet de Glaise, Cross de Nivolet) at the crossroads following (1) Turn right on the forest track leading to Chalets de Glaise.

(2) Pass by the track to the right and turn left through the pasture to reach the forest.
Then follow the yellow markings present on posts and on panels with a Green background and Yellow line (standard PR® trail markings: “Promenade et Randonnée” Walks and Hikes). Continue this PR® route for about 2 km before reaching a new crossroads.

(3) Turn left, the panel indicates, in green: Nivolet Cross 10 minutes, (and 20 min in Blue, but this is the time taken in winter with snowshoes), to then reach the cross.

(4) Start the return journey by the same route as far as the previous crossroads (3).

(3) Then take the road opposite in the direction of the Sire car park. The trail is also marked Yellow but the lines are on the trees. Stay in the forest for about 2 km before reaching the alpine chalets overlooking the Sire, continue on to the car park at the summer camp.

(5) Take the paved road that starts from La Féclaz. Stay on this road for 1 km, reach a left turn.

(6) Take the path on the right, join the track from the Chalets de Glaise, take it in a right turn. Then reach the chalets (2) and take the outbound path to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.57 - alt. km 0.57 - Crossroads D206a track
2 : km 1.06 - alt. km 1.06 - Chalets de Glaise
3 : km 3.32 - alt. km 3.32 - Croix de Nivolet crossroads
4 : km 4.04 - alt. km 4.04 - Croix de Nivolet - CROIX DU NIVOLET
5 : km 7.15 - alt. km 7.15 - Summer camp car park
6 : km 8.15 - alt. km 8.15 - Crossroads of trails
D/A : km 9.94 - alt. km 9.94

Useful Information

No water refill point, make sure you bring plenty as the woods are very warm here in summer.
The view from the Nivolet Cross over Chambery and Lake Bourget is a real bird’s eye view.
Belledonne is visible almost in its entirety as the view starts at the Grand Pic and ends at the Grands Moulins.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3332OT.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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