Semnoz Pass


Country: France

Start / Finnish: Annecy/Alleves

Highest point: 1660 m

Open end-to-end:  all year.

Road condition: paved, good.


 It is located in the Bauges range, in Haute-Savoie, France.                                                                         


Semnoz, also known as Crêt de Chatillon, is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.660 m above the sea level, located in the Bauges range, in Haute-Savoie, France. The road to the summit is called D41. It’s asphalted but includes some steep sections. The pass has been climbed by the Tour de France race. At the top there’s a small ski station.

Semnoz, nicknamed ‘Annecy Mountain’, is the town’s lungs. It rises up behind it, on the edge of the Massif du Bauges National Park. The Semnoz ski resort is consisted in 20 km of slopes. It is opened from 17th December to 8th March.

There are several routes to reach the summit. Starting from Quintal, the ascent is 11.3 km long. Starting from Col de Leschaux, the ascent is 13.4 km long. Starting from Annecy, the ascent is 17.4 km long. And starting from St Jorioz, the ascent is 22.78 km long.


  • If you are looking for an accommodation there are plenty in Annecy. From a 5-star hotel to a 2 star, there are various options: Alpen Roc, Alp Hotel, Christiania Hotel.
  • As you might know France is a country known for its cheese, we recommend stopping by some local farms where you can taste the natural French cheese such as: La Ferme de l’Angelie.

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