These guided walking weekends in the French Alps are based close by the shores of the beautiful Lake Annecy not far from the beautiful town of Annecy in Haute-Savoie. Annecy sits at the end of the lake which is partly fed by subterranean rivers coming from the Bauges mountains.
The Bauges Mountains Recognised as a GEOPARK by UNESCO
There is a range of walking available either in the Aravis or Bauges mountain ranges that overlook the lake. Both mountain ranges are part of the pre-Alpes formed from limestone. The Bauges mountains have been recognised as a Geopark by UNESCO.
Lake Annecy is surrounded by mountains. To the East is the mountain range of the Aravis the “home” of the famous Reblochon cheese and resorts such as Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz. This side of the lake is over looked by La Tournette (2351m) and we may have the opportunity to climb this mountain during the weekend.
On the West side of the lake rising from the outskirts of Annecy is the whale-back shaped mountain of le Semnoz. It’s flanks are wooded but the crest is a great view point towards Aix-les-Bains and across Lake Annecy towards Mont Blanc. The ridges alpine pastures are home to herds of cows, bells tinkling, whose milk goes to producing one of the local cheeses, Reblochon.