Hike Cessens La Chambotte

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Hike “Cessens – La Chambotte”

  • Highest point: 715 meters
  • Itinerary (loop, round trip, one way): loop
  • Time required: 3 hours
  • Elevation gain: 200 meters

A nice and easy hike in the coutryside, with great viewpoints and heritage signs. 

Description of the “Cessens La Chambotte” hike

The path will first lead you across the village and its surrounding meadows and then quickly climb up through the forest to a small chapel, via an ancient roman road.

From the church parking lot, look for and follow the «Boucle des Tours de Cesar» direction on the yellow signs and walk up to the chapel.

A small path next to the chapel (right handside when facing the entrance) will lead you to a viewpoint over the Albanais region and the surrounding mountains, including the Bauges and the Mont-Blanc ranges (the Mont-Blanc mountain can be seen when weather is clear). A viewpoint indicator will help you locate the different points of interest. Roundtrip walk to the viewpoint is about 10 minutes.

Back at the chapel, walk up the road, towards Col du Sapenay, for about 100 meters. Then take the small road on your left (towards «Chez Carabins») and go down to the end of the road. When you reach “Chez Carabins”, the road will turn into a trail that you should follow straight across the meadows (do not take the marked trail indicated on the right when crossing the meadow). After crossing the field, the trail will turn to the left.

From the meadows, you may see the end of the Lac du Bourget and the little harbor of Chatillon.

Walk through the forest, down to road D991B leading to the Col de la Chambotte – please note that the trail is steep and should be avoided when wet. When you reach the road, turn left and walk up for about 1 kilometer to the charming village of “La Chambotte“.

This part of the hike offers very nice views over the Lac du Bourget. However, be aware that you will share the road with cars and bikes and that you should always pay attention to traffic, especially when walking through the tunnel.

Walk past “La Chambotte” village. After 100 meters, a trail will depart to your left, with yellow signs pointing to “Col du Sapenay” and “Chindrieux“. Follow that forest path straight to the end, it will lead you back to Cessens. At the end of the trail, go left and then make a right at the next crossroad to reach the parking lot.

How to get there?

In Cessens, park on the church parking lot (right behind the church – on the Sapenay road)
Map: IGN Top 25 – 3331 OT Rumilly/Seyssel

Best hiking period

  • Best time: from April to October.
  • Closed during winter time.
  • It is strongly advised not to do this hike when weather is wet as parts of the trail can be very slippery.

Access information  is available at the townhall : +33 4 79 63 10 10.


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