The Nivolet cross from the Sire

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Starting point

Le Sire
73230 La Féclaz
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By car: Drive to La Féclaz resort (D912 from Chambéry). At the heart of the resort, follow the dead-end road leading to Le Sire for 2 km.


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Level green – easy
6 km
Round trip


The Nivolet Cross? It's the only thing you see on the road to
Chambéry! Perched at the top of its cliff at an altitude of 1547
metres, it dominates the town and Lake Bourget. Why not take a
closer look?

Come on, let's get on with it!

The path climbs up through the wildflowers to the beautiful Sire mountain pasture, right next to the ski lift. The walk gets off to a good start, with a superb view over Lac du Bourget and the goal of the trip in the distance: the Croix du Nivolet.

Right next to it, a paraglider takes off down the slope and soars into the air! Flying in this landscape must be fantastic...

Then the path enters the forest, and the cross disappears from view. We walk quietly along the wide path for a while.

Then, all of a sudden, there it is - impressive! Immense, 21 metres high! Shining brightly with its aluminum plates! Its two branches extend like protective arms over the valley.

The scenery is magnificent: from here, you can admire Lac du Bourget, the Chartreuse, the Bauges and Chambéry.

Now, as we look down on it, we'll be reminded of that beautiful walk.

Guidebook with maps/step-by-step

Departure point: from the Sire car park, take the pastoral path that climbs up to the mountain pastures near the ski lift. 1/ Join the paraglider take-off area, then walk past the old chalets at Le Sire. 2/ Follow the signs for the Croix du Nivolet, going around the Cairn (1558 m). 3/ The path becomes signposted GRP and passes the crossroads of Mont Nivolet (1511 m). 4/ At the Refuge du Nivolet crossroads, take the short out-and-back climb to the Cross and its panoramic view. Return by the same route


From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable weather.


Elevation gain 300 m
Cartographic references IGN Top 25 - 3332OT.
Animaux Pets allowed

Hosting conditions:
Pets only allowed on a lead.

Additional information


Car park


Pets welcome



Fiche détaillée de l'itinéraire © Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme
La Croix du Nivolet depuis le Sire © Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme
La croix du Nivolet depuis le Sire © Grand Chambéry Alpes Tourisme

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