La Tête de la Mandallaz

Annecy

A stunning forest run to a famous summit

Trail Running Difficult

Distance
13 km
Ascent
614 m
Descent
614 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
491 m
High Point
892 m
Gradient
12˚
La Tête de la Mandallaz Map

As you will be able to tell from looking at the plethora of trails around the Tête de la Mandallaz, there is a lot to explore in the area and this route is merely one many possible itineraries that are possible on and around the peak.

Description

Park up next to the cemetery in the tiny village of La Balme-de-Sillingy. The run begins with a relatively gentle section of climbing vageuly eastwards into forests and this early section serves as a nice warm up. Things get tougher just after you cross through an open field, re-enter the trees and reach a junction. Turn right at the junction and begin climbing south on much steeper terrain. The path begins to bend around south-west and then makes the long climb up to the summit of the Tête de la Mandallaz itself. The initial section of the climb feels tough but once you emerge onto the mountain's summit ridge and the huge view to the south opens up, it should be (just) enough for you to forget the lactic acid in your legs and lungs!

Once on the summit, take some time to soak in the fabulous vista across Annecy, its namesake lake and the mountains of the Haute Savoie. Follow a path east off the summit and then either follow our suggested itinerary (which takes you along a gently descending path all the way) or, if time and/or energy are lacking, take the cut-out path which lies a couple of hundred metres north of the summit and follow it back to the ascent route.

Difficulty

Difficult

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

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