Noé went to discover the beautiful massif of Bauges during the weekend of November 11th to 13th, he took advantage of the Friday holiday to go 3 days in bivouac and reach some summits at more than 2000m of altitude. He shares his adventure with us in pictures.


Noé NIVAULT, alternating buyer at AlpinStore
Practice: hiking, biking, running, crossfit

"It's simple, sport is paramount and represents a set of values inseparable from my nature."


The planned itinerary was about 66km with 6000m of positive and negative altitude difference. I had divided the hike in 3 stages with the objective to spend time in the nature and to do 12 of the 14 summits over 2000m of the Bauges massif. It's a massif in which there are protected and regulated areas, so ask before planning a bivouac. It is located between Chambéry, Albertville and Annecy and thus divided between Savoie (73) and Haute-Savoie (74).

But the reality of the terrain made that I didn't go exactly where I was going.
In the end, I started on the ascent of 7 summits with a topography of about 60km and 5400m of positive and as much negative altitude difference.

It is necessary to know that there is a route which passes by the 14 summits of more than 2000m of the Bauges:

  • Tré le Molard (2035m)

  • Mont de la Coche (2070m)

  • Point ofArcalod (2210m)

  • Point of Chaurionde (2173m)

  • Pointe de la Sambuy (2198m)

  • Mont d'Armenaz (2158m)

  • Mount Pecloz (2197m)

  • Point of Arces (2076m)

  • Pointe des Arlicots (2060m)

  • The Grand Parra (2012m)

  • Dent d'Arclusaz (2041m)

  • Mount Colombier (2045m)

  • Dent de Cons (2062m)

  • Mount Trelod (2181m)

This route, whose summits are not named here in order, is about 90km long with a little more than 9000m of positive and as much negative altitude difference, is categorized in difficulty T5 and is a one-way route.
and is a one-way trail.

I decided to use this route and to make one that better suited my availability and my desires.


I had never been to the Bauges massif
and I really discovered a magnificent place, especially in Autumn with all these colors and its very different landscapes, from a scree as the point ofArcalod
to undergrowth or from the Arpette ridge to the cave of the miner, it is a very different and complete massif.

One can as well put oneself in difficulty as to make a family hike!

Talking about the point ofArcalod (2210m)that I tried to climb, the route is quite difficult to find, there is a system of colors that you have to follow but I did not made There is a system of colors to follow, but I only did what I wanted to do and when I realized that I couldn't see the colors anymore, I decided to continue climbing the wall. But when I arrived at 2130m of altitude, so close to the summit, I found myself facing a wall where I couldn't see how to evolve and at 45min from the sunset. So I decided to go back down and finish my day.

This will give me a good excuse to go back!


I took with me the bare minimum (with extra cold cuts and wholemeal bread of course) otherwise the classic hiking bag with warm clothes
in merino wool Icebreaker, a 170 that I wore during the day, the other in 200 that I kept dry for the evening and at nighta tent Nordisk Svalbard 1 SL tent, Monnet socks, waterproof bags from Sea to Summit and a knife multi-function knife Leatherman.


The brands I use for each hike are without a doubt Icebreaker for the technical clothes in merino wool so that I don't need to bring a lot of spare clothes, the merino wool allows a good management of sweat and heat; my knife
Leatherman that I take everywhere; and the waterproof bags Sea to Summit waterproof bags.

Then I discovered this tent of the brand Nordisk and it is very light for a 4 season tent and very quick to set up. I would like to test products like ThermaRest or Nemo for sleeping, which seem to be very efficient brands for this kind of mountain trips.


What I like the most is really to be in front of my abilities on the ground, to discover things about the place where I go like the history, the animals that live there and to meet people who share the same passions as me. Because hiking and bivouacking in November allows a natural sorting and creates the same constraint that makes us understand each other without necessarily talking to each other, and then comes the hiking discussion topics that I could enjoy for hours.