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The Forclaz pass near Annecy

A very short walk to discover one of the most beautiful panoramas on the lake of Annecy.

The col de la Forclaz is located just next to the lake of Annecy, not far from Talloires. The ascent from the lake must be done by car, there is a way to go up on foot but it is not very interesting. The col de la Forclaz is located at 1157 meters and the road to the top is easy. Once at the top there is a small parking lot which can be quickly full because it is very crowded during the summer. It is nevertheless quite easy to park by going away a little. You can then discover a magnificent point of view on the lake of Annecy, you can also after 15 minutes of walk go to the site of takeoff of the paragliders. If you pass in the area, do not hesitate to make a detour to admire the panorama.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 2 h.

View on the lake of Annecy.

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View on the lake of Annecy.
At the top of the Forclaz pass you can discover the grandeur of Lake Annecy.

The path of the walk

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The path of the walk
In this small walk you can go up to the top of the pass to see the paragliders take off. Just follow the road for 20 minutes. The only problem is that it is frequented by the mini-vans of the paragliding schools. You have to be careful.

Paragliding baptisms

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Paragliding baptisms
There are many companies that offer paragliding lessons on the Forclaz pass. The flight takes place with an instructor.

The restaurants

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The restaurants
There are several restaurants at the top of the pass that offer most of the Savoyard specialties.

View on the other side.

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View on the other side.
The view is also impressive on the other side. On the picture you can see all the cars parked at the top of the pass. There are a lot of people in the high season.

Parapentistes

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Parapentistes
A paraglider approaching the houses to do some acrobatics. Does the client appreciate it?

The forest and the lake

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The forest and the lake

The departure of the paragliders

The departure of the paragliders
After a few minutes of climbing you can see the paragliders' take-off area and why not go with them if you feel like it. The area is often called "paraglider's paradise" because there are many take-off and landing sites.

Arrival of the paragliders

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Arrival of the paragliders
After a few minutes flight (if you are a beginner) you can land in a field near the lake of Annecy. Some areas are reserved for paragliders.

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