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Vallon d'en Haut - Chalets du Criou - Aouille de Criou
15.3 km 1440 m 1420 m
départ Samoëns (74)
The Aouille or Aiguille du Criou is a large rocky plate that culminates at 2023 m of altitude by a vertiginous cliff of more than 700 m above the Refuge de Folly. Highly visible from Samoëns, the Criou Massif is a belvedere of choice on the Valley of the Giffre, with a superb outlook on the Aravis Range, the Mont Blanc Massif, and the Grand Massif. Although without difficulty until the Chalets du Criou, this hike is for trained walkers because of the elevation gain and the length of the itinerary. I advise proceeding beyond the chalets to reach the cliff and the impressive view plunging on the Col de la Golèse. Courageous hikers will continue up to the summit of Aiguille du Criou materialized by a cross, However, be careful, as the elevation gain is substantial and the last part of the ascent requires a sustained effort. The difficulty is intermediate to get to the Chalets du Criou. However, it becomes “Hard” to reach the peak.
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Accum. Intermediary
POI Description Alt. Dist. D+ D- Dist. D+ D-
Trace n°43353
Ascent threshold : 10 m
Distance threshold : 30 m
Smoothing : Yes
Origin of altitudes : MNT Aster GDEM
Dominant terrain : Path
Max alti. : 2178 m
Avg alti. : 1375 m
Min alti. : 721 m
Longest ascent : 1440 m
Longest descent : 1430 m
Route completed by the author : nc
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