Pointe de Tréchauffé
Pointe de Tréchauffé is a summit of Chablais, which rises to 1627 m above sea level, and is the subject of a magnificent hike in the heart of the Aulps Valley. The route I propose describes a loop starting above the Chalets de Tréchauffé to reach the Pointe de Saugeon at first, go down to the Col de l’ Aiguille before going up to the Pointe de Tréchauffé and finally down to the Col de Nicodex and the Col de Tréchauffé. The very well marked itinerary promises the walker a panorama of all splendour on the peaks of Chablais. I have classified this outing as “intermediate” because of the series of very steep (but perfectly safe) metallic stairs and the way down to the Col de Tréchauffé, which is a bit tricky because of the piles of stones that have to be crossed in some places.
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Altitude: 1,627 m
- Route: 2 hours 00 min
- Elevation Gain: 520 meters
- Round-trip: 5.7 km
- Map: IGN 3528 ET
From Thonon-les-Bains, take the D902 road towards Morzine. After a dozen kilometres, turn left on the D122 road to La Forclaz. Follow the direction of Belvédère de Tréchauffé and park on the parking lot of the Belvédère just before the road descends.
GPS Coordinates (WGS 84) of the Starting Point : 46.320136, 6.625038
Take the path in front of the Belvédère’s parking lot, which quickly rises up the slope with short switchbacks, then further into the forest. At the end of the woods, the cairn marking the summit of Pointe de Saugeon (1445 m) is soon reached. Continue down to Col de l’Aiguille and follow the signs for Pointe de Tréchauffé. The path again enters the undergrowth and winds its way up to a very steep passageway with metal stairs. Without this equipment, the very slippery and steep passage would be really perilous, or even impossible to climb. After a few switchbacks, at the end of the forest, a sign indicates the summit on the right, a few meters from there, and a stopover is required to admire the splendid view of Mont Billiat, the Roc d’ Enfer and a very large part of Lake Geneva. At the bottom, the Lac du Jotty makes it easy to find your way on the map. Follow the path and continue up to Col de la Crottaz which offers an amazing panorama on the Dent d’ Oche, the Cornettes de Bise, the Mont Chauffé and the Dents du Midi. The path loses altitude to reach the Col de Nicodex and the Chalets du Poisat (1436 m) nestled under the Mont Ouzon (1880 m). The mountain pastures are magnificent and there is a great feeling of tranquillity. Continue along the path which turns into a passable track until you reach a fork where you have to turn right to reach the Col de Tréchauffé and its mountain pasture and herd of goats, which is a joy for the youngest. From there, there is a 10-minute walk to reach the car park of the Belvédère situated a little higher up.
It is worth noting that “Le Chamois” restaurant sells goat cheese and the possibility to eat regional products.
Photos of Pointe de Tréchauffé
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