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Lélex - The High Summits

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  • Lélex centre
    / Lélex centre
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  • / descendre sur la droite, direction Pont de la Fruitière.
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  • / le pont de la Fruitière (C)
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  • / le pont du Niaizet à 850 m d'altitude.
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  • / après le pont, le sentier remonte vers le Plat des Menues.
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  • / la jonction de la RD 991, la traverser. la suite du sentier est en face. (panneaux rando)
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  • / le départ du sentier "des 32 contours"
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  • / le sentier des 32 contours. Longue montée à venir.
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  • / en sortant de la forêt (G), on aperçoit la croix du Reculet
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  • / depuis "Thoiry Derrière" le sommet du Reculet est bien visible.
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  • / la vue depuis la Croix du Reculet
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  • / vue depuis le Reculet sur "Thoiry Derrière" et le massif du Crêt de la Neige. (en septembre)
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  • / la Croix du Reculet à 1717 m d'alt.
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  • / Panorama depuis la Croix du Reculet.... la plaine lémanique, les Alpes avec le Mont Blanc.
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  • / entre le Reculet et le Crêt de la Neige ; vue sur le massif du Crêt de la Neige.
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  • / panorama depuis le Crêt de la Neige sur la plaine lémanique et les Alpes.
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  • / depuis le Crêt de la Neige : vue côté Nord
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  • / le canyon du Crêt de la Neige.
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  • / entre le Crêt de la Neige et le Grand Crêt.
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  • / ( J ) "Sous le Crêt" ; on quitte le chemin des crêtes pour descendre sur Lélex.
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  • / (K) arrivée aux Brillonnes d'en Haut, au croisement, tournez à gauche.
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  • / suivre "Brûlat Frésy" - Lélex (balisage jaune)
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  • / chalet du Ratou à 1200 m d'alt.
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  • / bientôt l'arrivée à Lélex
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m 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Le Crêt de la Neige Le Reculet Au Bon Saucisson Refuge de la Loge O' Ptit Morfalou Hôtel du Centre
Between the Reculet and the Crêt de la Neige, nestled in a valley, the walker can see the remains of an ancient altitude village. The 20 barns were surrounding the main building where cheese was made. 
difficult
Distance 17.9 km
7:00 h
1,095 m
1,018 m
1,716 m
849 m

This hamlet was allotted to the Thoiry commune by the Amédée Savoie count on October 4th, 1394.  The valley is called ‘’of the new house’’ or ‘’of desert’’.

 

From Lelex village (A), go to the Old Chapel (B), then take the great GR walk to the Fruitière Bridge (C), then the Niaizet (D).

Passing along a peat land, continue through a wide path to the Niaizet Bridge (E), then go up to the Menues Plat (F) on your right close to an ancient custom office. 

There starts the ‘’32 Contours’’ path (32 curves) leading to Thoiry-Derrière G), then to the Reculet cross (built in 1892) (H).  Return down to the prior cross point, then use the GR to Crêt de la Neige (I), considered the Jurassien chain highest point at 1720m.  Continue to Grand Crêt; at the ‘’Sous le Crêt’’ (J) locality, walk through the revolving gate and take the GR down to Brillones d’en Haut (K).  From there turn left to Brulats-Frésy (L) then right to go down towards the Ratou Chalet (M) then Lélex.

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Anne-Marie Barbe 
Update: January 26, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
1,716 m
Lowest point
849 m
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Rest Stop

Au Bon Saucisson
Rucher GAEC Famille BERRY
Restaurant le Dahu
O' Ptit Morfalou
Refuge de la Loge
Restaurant - Bar le Centre
Restaurant - bar l'établi

Safety information

Emergency call : 112

Tips and hints

Start

Thoiry (1,712 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.256971, 5.929813
DMS
46°15'25.1"N 5°55'47.3"E
UTM
31T 725805 5126772
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Destination

Thoiry

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Coordinates

DD
46.256971, 5.929813
DMS
46°15'25.1"N 5°55'47.3"E
UTM
31T 725805 5126772
w3w 
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Author’s map recommendations

IGN  3328 OT  CRET DE LA NEIGE

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
17.9 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1,095 m
Descent
1,018 m
Highest point
1,716 m
Lowest point
849 m
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