An amazing trip !
In our section "High passes", we have created several tours in Vanoise, crossings, with glacial summit at the end. But it was a shame to step on the Dômes de la Vanoise without crossing the ice cap, unique in Europe!
Here is the program for this great week: 4 days of high hiking, between "Col du Ravin Noir", "Col du Soufre", "Col Rouge", "Petit and Grand Marchet" ... followed by 2 days in the "great white", a crossing of the Glacial Domes of Vanoise with summits over than 3000m!
Small group of 8 to 9 people, with a High-Mountain guide for the last two days!
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Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Aussois (or at Modane train station at 1:15pm).
AUSSOIS - FOND D'AUSSOIS
After a short debrief, littlle warm-up climbing to Fond d'Aussois refuge by the lakes of Plan d'Aval and then Plan d'Amont.
2.5 hour walk / Elevation: +830m / 8 km
COLS DE LA MASSE, DU RAVIN NOIR ET DE CHAVIÈRE
1 day, 3 passes! Climb to "Col de la Masse", then cross off-trail to "Col du Ravin Noir" (2940m), wild. On the Orgère side, several routes bring you to find the path of the last pass, at 2796m, making sure not to disturb the shepherd, his sheep and his dog. From there, descend to Peclet-Polset refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1050m -930m / 11 km
COL DU SOUFRE - COL ROUGE
Here are two neighboring and yet very different passes. The "Col du Soufre" is really original, with a little Icelandic air. The crossing from one to another allows you to explore a wild area, along the Lakes of "Mont Coua". Reaching the "Col Rouge" via the "Passage des Eaux Noires"! Then descend into the large valley of Chavière, stopping at the Ritord farm to taste the best of Beauforts cheese. Night in a lodge, in a dormitory, with luggage.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +820m -1570m / 17 km
PETIT ET GRAND MARCHET - COL DE LA VANOISE
A good climb takes us to the Valette hut. Crossing two cirques, under the waterfalls of the ice cap. A final climb leads to the "Col de la Vanoise", along the spire, at the foot of the famous Grande-Casse summit. Alternatively, it is also possible to go through the "Col Noir" and the Patinoire lake, a beautiful getaway with a wide view over the "Aiguille de la Vanoise" and "Grande-Casse". In the evening, meeting with the guides for the next day's race. Night in refuge, in dormitory.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1750m -960m / 15 km
5 hour walk / Elevation: +1230m -360m / 13km by the Patinoire lake
ACROSS THE NORTH GLACIERS
To walk on a glacier, you have to wake up early! So start will be very early from the refuge by a path in the rocky terrain, to the "glacier de la Réchasse" where the glaciers walk begins. The next step is the "col du Dard", then we descend behind the "Mont Pelve" to the pass of the same name. The landscape is changing, between glaciers and rocky summits, wonderfull. Descent to the "refuge de l'Arpont", by the glacier or by the "dôme de Chasseforêt" summit if the group is in good day! Night in refuge, in dormitory.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -1150m / 13km by the Réchasse summit
COL DE LABBY - ACROSS SOUTH GLACIERS
Let's go, the last one before the sunset! The route continue to the "glacier de la Mahure", the way of "col de Labby" (3324m), near to the "Dent Parrachée". A very nice high mountain atmosphere for the last day! After the pass, we just have to go down to the Génépy lake and then the "refuge de la Dent Parrachée" for a last blueberry cake!
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1120m -1400m / 14km
End of the tour at 2pm in "Plan d'Amont" and taxi transfert to Aussois.
Elevation: +/- 1100m approximately per day.
Walking time: 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: mountain route for trained hikers, with off-trail sections. The glacial crossing requires specific equipment but does not present any technical difficulties. It is necessary to arrive well trained to be able to take full advantage of the journey. In case of bad weather, there are optional routes.
Between 6 and 9 participants supervised by qualified professionals.
The equipment (helmet, harness, crampons) is delivered on day 3 at Pralognan, with the luggage.
The High Mountain guides join the group on evening 4, at the Col de la Vanoise refuge.
The glacier hike between the Dômes de la Vanoise has no technical difficulty. Only the exit of the glacier can be a little tricky.
Guiding: 1 guide for 4 persons maximum (except at the start of the season, 1 guide for 5 persons).
5 nights in dormitory, in refuge.
All accommodation offers hot showers.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of a healthy salads and local products.
The luggage transport is provided on day 3, at the refuge above Pralognan. You will be able to change your clothes, and get mountaineering equipment for the following days (see "Equipment" section).
Meet Sunday at 13:30 in Aussois (or in front of the train station in Modane at 13:15). Plan to have lunch before.
Inbound: Depart from the Gare de Lyon train station (Paris) at 6:44am arrive in Modane at 10:52am.
Return: Depart from Modane at 7:12pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon train station at 11:26pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at www.voyages-sncf.com
Take the A6 motorway to Lyon, then the A43 direction Chambery and Modane.
At Modane follow direction Aussois via the D215. Free car-park at Aussois.
End of trek at 4 p.m. at Aussois.
Tourist Office Aussois: +33 (0)4 79 20 30 80 www.aussois.com
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on : +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag up stairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).
If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.