The Alps from one side to the other to meet people and discover mountains. The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean sea is a long-distance journey. The opportunity to take a long break and put daily life aside.
This itinerary runs along the Swiss and Italian borders while crossing five departments and some of the most famous massifs in the Alps.
2nd section: Mont Blanc, Beaufortain, Vanoise
This section takes you through the giant glaciers of the Mont Blanc to those of the Dômes de la Vanoise equally as impressive due to the area they cover. Along the way, milk drums remind you of the authenticity of pastoral life here, rooted in the Beaufortain pastures. No factory farming here with herds of more than 150 cows. This section also is the way between three major valleys in the Alps: the Chamonix Valley, the Tarentaise and the Maurienne valleys.
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Daily departure from 20th of June to 1st of September 2022
540€ per person, classic accommodation (based on 2 people)
Single person supplement: 60€
Comfort option, 4 nights in a room of 2/3 persons : 85€/pers.
With baggage transport (except days 3, 5 and 6)
785€/ person for groups of 2, classic accommodation.
690€/ person for groups of 3, classic accommodation.
645€/ person for groups of 4, classic accommodation.
610€/ person for groups of 5, classic accommodation.
590€/ person for groups of 6 , classic accommodation.
Single person supplement: 230€
Comfort option, 4 nights in a room of 2/3 persons : 85€/pers.
Information and reservation by phone or mail.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Start at the Prarion gondola in les Houches.
LES HOUCHES - COL DU TRICOT - CONTAMINES
Take the gondola to start you on your way to the Col du Tricot at the foot of the Bionnassay glacier. Descend to the village Les Contamines and Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge.
Night in a small dormitory in the Nant Borrant refuge.
5 - 5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -1250m
1 hour walk / Elevation: +250m from Les Contamines to Nant Borrant
COL DU BONHOMME - CORMET DE ROSELEND
Climb up along the Roman road to the famous Col du Bonhomme on the Tour of Mont Blanc. Then cross the Gittes ridgeline and traverse through the vast Beaufortain pastures at Cormet de Roselend.
Night in dormitory on the Cormet de Roselend plateau.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1350m -700m
COL DU BRESSON - PORTE DE ROSUEL
Balcony trail overlooking Lake Roselend and climb up to Col du Bresson at the foot of the Pierra Menta. Descend to the valley of Ormette via small canals and hamlets to reach the Tarentaise valley. Taxi transfer from the Saint Guérin chapel to reach Peisey Nancroix and Rosuel. Night in a dormitory in a refuge without luggages.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1170m
COL DE LA SACHETTE - TIGNES
Enter into the Vanoise National Park at the foot of Mont Pourri and the Dome de la Sache. Detour possible to the lake in La Plagne before climbing to the Col de la Sachette (2713m). Descend into la Sache valley and the Tignes-Champagny natural reserve to the village of Tignes les Boisses.
Night in a hotel.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -850m
VALLEY OF LA LEISSE - COL DE LA VANOISE
Short transfer by local bus to the Val Claret village. Depart to discover the wide spaces of the Vanoise National Park and climb up to the Col de la Leisse. Descend the Leisse Valley with its lakes and where the 1700m south face of the Grande Casse overhangs the trail.
Night in a dormitory in the refuge Col de la Vanoise (*without baggage).
6.5 - 7 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -650m
CIRQUES DU PETIT AND GRAND MARCHET
Leave the refuge and take the balcony trails overlooking the Pralognan Valley: Combe de l'Arcelin, Cirque du Dard, Grand Marchet, Petit Marchet, Valette Lake and Combe des Nants. Descend into the Prioux Valley.
Night in a dormitory in a refuge without luggages.
6.5 - 7 hour walk / Elevation: +1000m -1800m
COL DE CHAVIERE - VALLEE DE LA MAURIENNE
Walk up to the Chavière Valley dominated by the Dômes de la Vanoise, in a moon-like world, dotted with cairn forests. The Aiguilles de Péclet-Polset show us the col de Chavière nearby. Walk down into the Valley of Maurienne among the pastures and to Modane.
6 - 6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -950m to the Orgère refuge
1.5 hour walk / Elevation -880m additional descend to Modane on foot
End of the trek around 5:00pm at Modane train station.
Elevation: +/- 600m to 1200m approximately per day.
Walking time: 4 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult and is open to children from 12 years.
Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:
In France trails are marked with red and white stripes for Grande Randonnée (in both directions).
It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000.
Without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle except days 3, 5 and 6.
For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
6 nights in refuge, in a dormitory.
D1, D2, D3 and D4 in a room of 2/3 people, extra cost 85€/pers.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation in the evening.
To be able to easily walk 15km (on flat trails) in 3 hours maximum.
If this is not the case, at least 3 weeks before departure, 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to undertake some prior fitness training: 4 to 5km of jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
IGN Top25 3531 ET St-Gervais ;
IGN Top25 3532 OT Beaufortain ;
IGN Top25 3532 ET Les Arcs ;
IGN Top25 3633 ET Tignes ;
IGN Top25 3534 OT Trois Vallées.
From mid June to mid September.
Depart from the Prarion cable car in Les Houches.
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) - St-Gervais-le Fayet by TGV, then to Les Houches on the Mont Blanc Express. Return: Modane - Chamonix via Chambery. www.oui.sncf
Take the A40 motorway direction Chamonix, exit 21 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.
Free parking near the train station. Then train to Les Houches on the Mont Blanc Express. Return: Modane - Saint-Gervais-le-Fayet via Chambery on train. www.oui.sncf
1 hour by car to Chamonix.
Bus and minibus services direct to your accommodation (25-35€ pp each way)
2h15 by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix, 4h15 journey (40-45€ pp return)
7 hours by car to Chamonix.
Train every 2 hours to Chamonix / 5-6 hours journey (80-120€ pp return)
End point around 5:00pm at Modane train station. Do not hesitate to visit the museums in Modane whilst waiting for the train.
Chamonix Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24 www.chamonix.com
If you book a night in the Chamonix valley, ask the hotel reception for a bus/train pass to use public transport for free in the Chamonix valley.
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 (except days 3, 5 and 6) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!
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.