LAKES AND HIGH PASSES OF VANOISE

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 705 € From 705 €

6 days at the heart of France's first National Park

The first of its kind in France, the Vanoise National Park was established in 1963. A vast territory where flora, fauna and a rocky mineral world are all preserved. Between the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys, its borders meet the Gran Paradiso massif in Italy forming the largest nature reserve in Europe. At the centre of this mountain range lays the icecap of the Domes de la Vanoise, extending over twenty kilometres. 
This journey, at the heart of the park, takes a route via high mountain passes which connect Aussois, Pralognan and the Haute Maurienne. Trails at high altitude in a fragile mineral world, through vast mountain pastures of the Vanoise where dry-stone buildings punctuate this beautiful route.

You will like

  • The wild and protected area of the first National Park in France
  • A route over high mountain passes along glacier of Dômes de la Vanoise
  • A great variety of landscapes between Maurienne and Tarentaise
  • Stages at Pralognan and Bonneval-sur-arc villages
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small friendly hotels

LAKES AND HIGH PASSES OF VANOISE

Next date Next departure 14/06/20

From 705 €

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From 14/06/20
to 19/06/20
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From 21/06/20
to 26/06/20
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From 28/06/20
to 03/07/20
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From 05/07/20
to 10/07/20
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From 12/07/20
to 17/07/20
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From 19/07/20
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From 26/07/20
to 31/07/20
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From 02/08/20
to 07/08/20
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From 09/08/20
to 14/08/20
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From 16/08/20
to 21/08/20
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From 23/08/20
to 28/08/20
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From 30/08/20
to 04/09/20
Open departure 705 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 11/09/20
Guaranteed departure 705 € Book online

THE PRICE

Includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunches (from the dinner of day 1 to the picnic lunch of day 6) and snacks;
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels;
  • Shower tokens if required;
  • Baggage transport between accommodations (except on Day 4);
  • Bus transfers.

Does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.);
  • Luggage transport on Day 4;
  • Lunch on day 1;
  • Touristic visits;
  • Airport taxes;
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting point on Sunday at 2:15pm at Aussois tourist point (or in front of Modane train station at 2:00pm). Plan to have lunch before.

AUSSOIS  -  PLAN D’AMONT LAKE
Cross Aussois village, climb up to Côtes hamlet and continue to Aval and Amont lakes to Plan Sec refuge. Night in a dormitory in the refuge.
3 hour walk / Elevation: +850m

Day 2

AUSSOIS PASS - PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
Start from Chapelle Notre Dame des Anges. Climb to Aussois pass (2914m) with its backdrop of Dôme of Vanoise, Dent Parrachée and Mont-Blanc. From the pass, possible to continue to the Observation Point at 3015m. Descend through the Ritor valley to Prioux anda quick transfer to get to Pralognan, the capital of hiking. Night in a gîte.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -1300m

Day 3

VANOISE PASS  -  ENTRE DEUX EAUX or PLAN DU LAC
Short transfer to Les Fontanettes. Climb to the Vanoise pass (2517m). Amazing views over Aiguille de la Vanoise and Grande Casse (3855m), highest point of the mountain range. Passing Lac des Vaches and its famous ford, follow Long and Rond lakes to arrive in Leisse valley and Entre Deux Eaux or Plan du Lac refuges. View over the Dômes de la Vanoise. ​Night in a refuge.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1250m -500m

Day 4

ROCHEURE LAKE - FOND DES FOURS
Departure towards Rocheure valley, climb up to the lake and to the mountain pass at 2900m high. Cross the desert and wild Méan Martin high glacial plateau to reach the foot of the north face and the Fond des Fours refuge. Night in a refuge (*No luggage transport).
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -450m

Day 5

COL DES FOURS  -  BONNEVAL SUR ARC
Climb to Col des Fours (2976m), then descend to Pont de la Neige below the Iseran mountain pass. Cross mountain pastures to arrive at the very pretty Bonneval-sur-Arc village. Night in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -1200m

Day 6

MAURIENNE BALCONY - EVETTES VALLEY
Depending on the group and on the weather, balcony trail of Haute Maurienne valley, facing Albaron summit (3637m) or hike in Evettes valley passing by the beautiful village of Ecot (classified village).
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -700m

At the end of the tour, taxi transfer to Aussois or Modane arriving at 3:30pm.

The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, unknown factors and situations beyond our control can affect this itinerary and may change the route, timings etc.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 900m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: mountain trail with no technical difficulty.

GUIDING

Group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 5 nights in a dormitory.

All accommodation offers hot showers except Fond des Fours refuge.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR LUGGAGE

For the night without your luggage 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!)

MEALS

Breakfasts and dinners 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 (except Day 1).

MAPS

IGN maps 1:25000 : Les Arcs 3532ET, Tignes-Val d'Isère 3633ET, Les Trois Vallées 3534OT.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point Sunday at 2:15pm in front of Aussois tourist office (or in front of Modane train station at 2:00pm). Plan to have lunch before.

BY TRAIN
2019 timetable. Inbound: depart from the Paris-Gare de Lyon at 6:27am or 7:53am, arrive in Modane at 10:47am or 1:56pm.
Return: depart from Modane at 5:50pm or 6:04pm arrive in Paris-Gare de Lyon at 10:14pm or 00:11am.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf

BY CAR
Take the A6 motorway to Lyon, then the A43 direction Chambery and Modane.
At Modane follow direction Aussois via the D215.
Free parking next to the tourist office. 

CAR-SHARING                                                                                                                                Get in touch with people to share a lift! Here are some website recommendations:  https://www.blablacar.fr https://covoiturage-libre.fr https://www.laroueverte.com  https://www.roulezmalin.com

At the end of the tour, taxi transfer to Aussois or Modane arriving at 3:30pm.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Aussois Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 20 30 80
www.aussois.com

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

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

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

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.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be daily transported between accommodation by our 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 to refuges, which access is not always easy!
Please use one bag per person; gathering the belongings of two people often results in a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg are better than one bag of 20!

Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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