The Giffre is a clay-limestone massif located in the south-east of Haute-Savoie and offers many hikes with breathtaking landscapes. The Giffre is in places a karstic relief, i. e. resulting from the hydrochemical and hydraulic erosion of soluble rocks, especially on the side of the Désert de Platé. The Giffre Massif includes three glaciers: the Ruan Glacier, the Prazon Glacier and the Tré-les-Eaux Glacier, which unfortunately are condemned to disappear before the end of the century due to global warming. The Giffre is the only massif with that of Mont-Blanc to offer hikes beyond 3000 m in altitude, with in particular the Buet, the Tour Sallière, the Dents du Midi or the Grand Mont Ruan. The massif is full of breathtaking landscapes, especially near Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, a cirque classified as a Natural Reserve since 1977, offering magnificent views of waterfalls and rock giants such as the Tenneverge overlooking the cirque.
31 August 2008 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Long ago, on the beach of Emosson, some clay dried. Later, some 240 million years ago, a herd of archosaurs (ancestors of dinosaurs and crocodiles) passed; They have engraved their tracks in the clay. The water covered
6 August 2008 | by Pierre-Alexandre
Let’s go to Morzine for a hike that takes part of the “GR 5 Tour des Dents Blanches” to get to the Tête de Bostan.
The route starts from the Pont de Chardonnière, crosses the Terres Maudites
1 July 2007 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The Aouille or Aiguille du Criou is a large rocky plate that culminates at 2023 m of altitude by a vertiginous cliff of more than 700 m above the Refuge de Folly.
Highly visible from Samoëns, the Criou Massif is a belvedere of choice on the Valley of the Giffre, with a superb outlook on the Aravis
13 January 2007 | by Pierre-Alexandre
From the Col de Pierre Carrée, which is the northern part of Flaine ski resort, it is possible to take a pedestrian route that leads among the pines to reach a beautiful point of view on the valley of Cluses and the ski resort of Carroz d ’Araches.
On the other side is the panorama of the immense
7 August 2005 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The ascent of Mont Buet can be seen as the culmination of a hiking season of varying levels of difficulty, as the objective is very high, the elevation gain very important, and the route very long.
Several technical difficulties are encountered: a trail with cairns only after the refuge, a passage of large
13 June 2005 | by Pierre-Alexandre
The itinerary that I propose describes a loop that starts from the car park of the Allamands, leads to the Refuge du Col de la Golèse, climbs a little more and goes down to the Refuge de Bostan nestled at the foot of the impressive walls of the Aouille du Criou.
Note the possibility of climbing the Tête de