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Type of Trip
Hiking is the best way to discover the Vanoise National Park. In particular, the glaciers tour is one of the most popular hikes there.
Vanoise is a protected area in the Alps. I discovered it when I was young. This is one of my favorite place for several reasons: it’s not invade by the tourists, the wildness of the fauna and flora, the quality of accommodations, the proximity with local people and the diversity of foods/cheese produced in the valley.
During this 7-day trekking, you will have the opportunity to see the real life/spirit of the alps mountains and to discover local food and especially cheese I select for my group, all are produced directly in the alpages.
During the 7 days of hiking we will explore the heart of the national park, a regulated and protected area due to its flora (1200 species, including 200 outstanding ones), fauna (1600 alpine ibex, 6000 chamois, 120 protected bird species) and landscapes.
Here is the daily program that I propose for this hiking tour:
Day 1: Meeting at 10 AM at the Townhall of Pralognan-la-Vanoise
From Pralognan to the Entre Deux Eaux Refuge
Duration: 5:05h; D+ 1100m, D- 396m
We go through the Barioz and Bieux villages to join the GR55 path toward Les Fontanettes halmet. Then the path rises to the left of the ski pistes to the Barmettes refuge. After the Glière bridge, we continue on the old mules path towards the Vaches lake, which we can cross over flat rocks called lauzes. From there we can admire the view of the Grande Casse and the Aiguille de la Vanoise. After the Long lake, the slope becomes easier, until we reach the Vanoise pass. At this point we see the valley of the Leisse river, leading to the Tignes village. After one last hour walking we arrive to the Entre Deux Eaux refuge.
Day 2: From the Entre Deux Eaux refuge to the Arpont refuge
Duration: 5:55h; D+ 879m, D- 695m
After crossing the river twice, the torrent of the Rocheure, we come to an intersection, and take the path that leads us to the Ferran rock. Then, we go through the Lozières lakes and ascend in south-direction among the screes and grassy slopes. From there, we see the Blanc lake in the opposite side of the valley. After reaching the Arpont refuge, we go up to the Arpont lake and finally return to the refuge to spend the night.
Day 3: From the Arpont refuge to the Plan Sec refuge
Duration: 6:10h; D+ 463m, D- 506m
We take a quite steep descent towards the south. At the Mont intersection, the path rises through the Combe de l’Enfer. Then we continue on this balcony path with panoramic views of the Dent Parrachée. Here, the views of the Maurienne valley and the Aussois lakes (Plan d’Amont and Plan d’Aval) is magnificent. To mark the end of our hiking day, we reach the Plan de Sec refuge.
Day 4: From the Plan Sec refuge to the Aiguille Doran refuge
Duration: 8:00h; D+ 916m, D- 1397m.
Firstly we cross the Seteria bridge, above the Plan d’Amont lake. We can now start the ascent to the Masse pass (2922 m), leaving behind us the Aussois lakes. At the intersection, we leave the GR55 to continue towards the Masse pass. From the pass, we follow the cairns until an unmarked path to climb the Rateau d’Aussois (3124 m), which may be your first time above 3000 m… We continue descending on the other side of the Masse pass, through a narrow path near the moraine of Rateau d’Aussois. We follow the trail in the meadow to reach the Aiguille Doran refuge.
Day 5: From the Aiguille Doran refuge to the Péclet-Polset refuge
Duration: 5:30h; D+ 907m, D- 346m
We take the path left to the Aiguille Doran refuge. It goes firstly through a pine forest and then through mountain pastures by the Povaret site. Then, the path gradually rises at the intersection of the Polset valley. To our right is the Partie lake. Just before the Chavière pass (2795 m), it is possible to cross snowfields until the early summer. Then, we descend to the Tarentaise valley towards the Péclet-Polset.
Day 6: From the Péclet-Polset refuge to the Valette refuge
Duration: 5:00h; D+ 875m, D- 760m
The trail descends gradually until the Ritort intersection, where we find the GR55. After the Motte hamlet, we cross the Doron de Chavière river. It is then that the track goes substantially upwards to the Montaimont hamlet and the Nants cirque. The panoramic path leading to the Nants chalets is spectacular! Finally, we reach the Valette refuge.
Day 7: From the Valette refuge to Pralognan-la-Vanoise
Duration: 5:00h; D+ 285m, D- 1450m
Today we continue northward along the Valette cirque, left to the Roc du Tambour. Then, we arrive near the Petit Marchet cirque, from where the road descends until the Petit Marchet summit. The short steep passage of the Grand Marchet cirque is equipped with a cable. We descend to the Arcelin cirque, following the path marked by cairns, and cross the Creuset creek towards the Fontanettes, then Pralognan. This is where the tour ends around 5 PM.
I will always try to follow as much as possible this program, but I may have to change it according to the conditions that we encounter, to ensure your comfort and/or safety.
The price per person is 869.00 € with a minimum of 6 participants.
I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this beautiful hike to discover one of the most beautiful areas in France. I would be thrilled to take you there and share with you an unforgettable experience.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
In refuges: dormitories and/or shared rooms.
Level: good walker, trained and accustomed to hiking and living in groups.
Walking time: 5-8h per day
Altitude change: D+ 285-1100 m, D- 396-1450 m
Meals: Lunch picnics with local produce whenever possible (cheese, meats, fruits and vegetables). Warm dinners, often local specialties. Varied breakfasts.
You will have to carry your belongings in a backpack (max recommended 10kg). This ensures greater autonomy and allows us to select more authentic accommodations.
About the Guide
Since 1982, I explore the world with curiosity and passion.
Legendary peaks, lost valleys, native forests, endemic species, ethnic groups and local minorities, culture and gastronomy. I'm a certified mountain leader (UIMLA). All my treks, during the summer and winter, are tailor-made. All I wish is to make sure you live an unforgettable journey. You'll find here some of the programs I have organised in the past. Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss about them.
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