Road biking and Cycling in the Alps: Chamonix - Annecy and its Lake


Chamonix - Annecy Bike Tour is one of the most beautiful one can make in the Alps.

If you want to make it in a day, you must start early in the morning. It is long, but very accesible. The passes (Aravis and Bluffy) are not very hard and the entrance in Annecy and the tour around the lake are simply fabulous.

Annecy Tour de France Panorama
Cycling close to th Annecy Lake
Annecy Bike Tour Map
Annecy Tour de France

We advise you leave Chamonix at 6am. Take the direction of Megève, then Flumet to atack the 1st pass - Col des Aravis. The descent is quiet until Thones, then climb the Col de Bluffy (very easy). Then descend to Lake Annecy. 40km to complete the tour.

You can return by the same way, but you also have two other options.

1 . Arriving at Saint Jean de Sixt, turn left to climb the Col de la Colombiere then Cluses Sallanches and Chamonix. The difficulty is approximately the same.

2. Arriving at Saint Jean de Sixt, turn left and follow Bonneville. The road is longer but there is less difference in height.

From Chamonix:

Chamonix - Les Houches - Servoz - Le Fayet - Megève - Flumet - Col des Aravis (1486m) - La Clusaz - St Jean de Sixt - Thones - Col de Bluffy - Talloires - Tour du Lac d'Annecy - Col de Bluffy - return is the same ... - Fayet - Servoz - Les Houches - Chamonix

245 km and 3600 m elevation.