Self-guided LAKES AND HIGH PASSES OF VANOISE

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
Without baggage transport Without baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 480 € From 480 €

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

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

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 gites, refuges and small friendly hotels

Self-guided LAKES AND HIGH PASSES OF VANOISE

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Dates & prices

THE PRICE

Includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day ;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€) ;
  • Accommodation in gites, refuges and small hotels ;
  • Tourist taxes ;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

Does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.) ;
  • 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.

L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

Departure of the hike at Orgere refuge.

ORGERE REFUGE - CHAVIERE PASS - PECLET-POLSET REFUGE
From Orgere refuge, ascent to the Chaviere pass, entrance to the heart of the Vanoise National parc. The path goes across green pastures and rocky landscapes to the gorgeous refuge of Peclet Polset. Night in refuge.
4 hour walk / Elevation: +900m / -350m

Day 2

SOUFFRE PASS - PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
From the refuge, the path goes near the sumptuous "Lac Blanc" before rising towards the Souffre pass behind which is the large Gibroullaz glacier. Descent by the same path before going along the large valley of Chavière to reach Pralognan la Vanoise, capital of hiking. Night in hotel / gite.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +400m ; -1100m

Day 3

VANOISE PASS  -  ENTRE DEUX EAUX or PLAN DU LAC REFUGE
Short transfer to "Les Fontanettes". Climb to Vanoise pass (2517m). Amazing view over the "Aiguille de la Vanoise" and the "Grande Casse" (3855m), highest point of the mountain range. Going to "Lac des Vaches" and its famous ford, and then Long lake and Rond lake. Arriving in Leisse valley and Entre Deux Eaux refuge or Plan du Lac refuge. View over the "Dômes de la Vanoise". â€‹Night in refuge.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1250m -500m

Day 4

ROCHEURE LAKE - FOND DES FOURS REFUGE
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 Fond des Fours refuge, at the the foot of the north face.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750 m ; -450 m

Day 5

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

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: +600 m ; -700 m

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.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- IGN maps with the route highlighted. 
- 1 road-book containing all the necessary information for the trek. 
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 4 nights in dormitory, in refuge ; 1 night in a room of 2 or 3 poeple in hotel or gite.
All accommodation offers hot showers except Fond des Fours refuge.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Two options:
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle (exept on day 4).

MEALS

Breakfasts and dinners are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation in the evening (except day 1). Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

MAPS

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

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure of the hike from the refuge-Porte de l'Orgère.

BY TRAIN
2020 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 some people to share their 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

Tourist Office Aussois: +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 transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle (except day 4). 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.

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