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Samoëns / Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R110 Refuge Tornay-Bostan » Salvagny
  |   4h20   |   15.3 km   |   115 m   |   1100 m

On leaving the Tornay-Bostan hut, this stage – which is entirely downhill – joins the GR® 5 at the Allamands hamlet, taking several hairpin bends on the road and then heading through forestland to Samoëns. Next, it runs alongside the Giffre stream and crosses the Tines gorges before opening onto the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval plain, which it crosses to reach Salvagny, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Refuge Tornay-Bostan
1757 m
| D  4.1 km / 1h15
1122 m
| D  5.5 km / 1h10
714 m
| D  5.7 km / 1h55
764 m
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Useful guidebooks
  • Du Léman au Mont Blanc - Tour des Dents du Midi - Réf. 504 ~ Fédération Française de Randonnée (ISBN 2-85699-807-0)

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  • Daniel - 2015-09-16
    The Auberge at Salvagny seems to have a new owner. At E 40 (dorm, demi-pension) very good value for money.
  • tof - 2015-02-08
    Trieste-Monaco le 13/9/14
    Jusqu'au col de Cou, chemin historique des contrebandiers.

    Au col, un centre ornithologique. Proche de l'arrête de Berroi face aux Dents Blanches. Si les observateurs sont en place vous pouvez avoir l'occasion de faire de belles observations (ce jour: chamois, et un gypaete barbu réintroduit dans les Grisons).

    Au col de Cou, la France. Premier souci de balisage: le balisage GR5 envoie vers les chalets de Freterolle, plein ouest sur un sentier PR.
    Pour véritablement suivre le GR5 rester sur le chemin qui descend en longeant quelque temps la crête frontière.

    Arrêt et pause à Samoens, camping municipal. Très bon marché et très bon sens de l'accueil.
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    Trieste-Monaco on 13/09/14 Until neck Neck, historical path of smugglers. At the pass, an ornithological center. Close to the stop Berroi face Dents Blanches. If observers are in place you can have the opportunity to make beautiful observations (date: chamois, and a bearded vulture reintroduced in Graubünden). At the Col de Cou, France. First concern markup: the GR5 markup sent to the cottage Freterolle due west to a PR trail. To truly follow the GR5 stay on the path that descends along the border ridge some time. Stop and pause in Samoens, municipal campsite. Very cheap and very good sense of welcome.
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    Samoens is indeed a very touristic place.Lots of people showing off at the bar terraces of the cute main place in July 2013

    you can find in Samoens mountain equipement (gas,clothes,etc..), one bakery is making great bread and homemade ginger bread. The alpine garden is Free and worth a visit. Not a good idea to stay overnight there in my opinion (probably overpriced accomodation)

    There are few places to bivouac out of town on the way up towards refuge Bostan
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-03-22
    I didn't get an accommodation in Salvagny because of too many other hikers.
    However, I got an offer from the woman at the atelier in Salvagny to set up my tent at a private area. If you are in the same bad situation, carrying a tent with you, just ask her.
    Maybe you get the same offer. It was one of the best places where I've been for camping (lake, view to the waterfall). Please give her my kindest regards!
    It's possible to buy some goods down in Sixt.
  • Daniel - 2010-10-17
    Try not to stay in Samoëns. It is a tourist place and prices are accordingly. The free Alpine Garden is worth the climb however. About twice daily a bus to the nearest railway station EUR8
Last update : 2019-12-17