TOUR DES GLACIERS DE LA VANOISE Comfort

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Comfort (room)
Level *** Level ***
From 780 € From 780 €

Enjoy the unspoilt nature of the National Park without sacrificing comfort!

Between the high valleys of Maurienne and Tarentaise, the Vanoise massif is a condensed version of all the richness of the Alps: geological crossroads, protected climatic conditions and altitudes that range up to the 3855m of La Grande Casse allow for a magnificent diversity of landscapes, flowers and the remarkable presence of all the alpine fauna, on the limit of the "High Mountain".

This is our revisited Tour des Glaciers, with accommodation in rooms and new stages. A tour for a privileged immersion in this exceptional mountain!

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  • The wild and preserved territory of France's first national park
  • An original itinerary around the glaciers of the Dômes de la Vanoise
  • A visit to the typical village of Pralognan-la-Vanoise
  • Accommodation in friendly refuges and hotels, in rooms.

TOUR DES GLACIERS DE LA VANOISE Comfort

From 780 €

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

6-day accompanied tour, with luggage transport.

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THE PRICE

Includes : 

  • Supervision by a qualified mountain leader;
  • Full board meals, snacks;
  • Nights in huts and hotels, in rooms for 2 to 4 people;
  • Daily transport of luggage between accommodations;
  • Organisational costs and tourist taxes. 

Does not include :

  • Personal expenses (drinks, visits...);
  • The journey from your home to the reception area and back;
  • Cancellation assistance insurance 4.2% of the price of the stay.
  • The rate is all inclusive from the meeting point to the point of dispersion.

The route day to day...

Day 1

TERMIGNON - AUBERGE DE BELLECOMBE

Meet at 10:30am in front of the tourism office in Termignon
The hike starts in Termignon, along the Doron de Chavière river, by a steep path up across forests and grass fields. The effort pays off after arriving in the pastures, with a stunning scenery on mountain lakes, snowy mountain tops and stone houses. Installation for two nights in a refuge (2350m), 
5h walk / Elevation : +1100 m -100 m

Day 2

LES AIGUILLES DE LANSERLIA
From the refuge, departure for a loop around the Aiguilles de Lanserlia, a secret hike across the wild atmosphere of the Vanoise. Possible to make it longer, across the plateau du Turc. Back to the same refuge. 

3h30 walk / Elevation : +480 m -480 m
5h30 walk / Elevation : +830 m -830 m by the plateau du Turc

Day 3

COL DE LA VANOISE - PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
Across the vallon de la Leisse and up to the col de la Vanoise (2517m) between the Grande Casse, highest summit of the mountain range (3855m), and the Vanoise glaciers. From the pass, down to the village of Pralognan, across the famous ford of Lac des Vaches. Installation in a hotel for two nights in Pralognan.
5h30 walk / Elevation : +500 m -1350 m

Day 4

THE RIDGES OF MONT CHARVET (2362m) – PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
A gorgeous loop from Pralognan to discover one the most famous hike of the valley. Various landscapes, 360° scenery and amazing colours. The Petit Mont Blanc ( 2680m)(+/- 1000m) or the Petit and Grand Marchet circus (2554m) (+ 1150m / - 840m) are other options for that day. Back to Pralognan in the afternoon for a second night in a hotel.
6h30 walk / Elevation : 1000 m -1000 m

Day 5

COL D’AUSSOIS – REFUGE LE MONTANA OR REFUGE DE PLAN-SEC
The tour of the glaciers continue with the ascension of the col d’Aussois. After a quiet start in the Chavière valley and little break for local cheese in the Ritor pasture, the path climb across a landscape that become more and more mineral, all the way to the Col d'Aussois at 2914m ! Descent above the Maurienne valley to the dam of Plan d'Amont. Night in a refuge.
6h30 walk / Elevation : +1215 m -960 m

Day 6

BALCONY PATH OF THE GENEPY – TERMIGNON
The tour ends with a gorgeous path above the valley of Maurienne and under the Dent Parrachée and the glacier of Arpont before the final descent to the village of Termignon. 
5h walk / Elevation + 450 m -1350 m

End of the hike in Termignon around 15h30.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Height difference : +/- 450m to 1350m
Walking time : 4h to 6h30 per day
Type of walk : mountain route with no particular technical difficulty. Some variants are proposed with steeper passages requiring a sure footing.

TRAINING

Number of participants: between 6 and 12 people supervised by a qualified professional (mountain leader).

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

With luggage transport: your luggage is transported to your accommodation each day by a logistics vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION

COMFORT :
2 nights in a refuge in a room for 4 people,
2 nights in a hotel in a double room,
1 night in a refuge in a room for 2 people.
Bring a sleeping bag + a pillowcase for the first 2 nights
All accommodation is equipped with hot showers.

The accommodations that welcome us on the first and last days of this tour offer the comfort of very recent rooms, from 2 to 4 people, which allow more privacy than in a dormitory, with shared sanitary facilities.
These are mountain refuges and not high altitude hotels. One is a former mountain pasture chalet and the other is a refuge of the Vanoise Park. They compensate for a certain rusticity with an authentic setting and a warm welcome!

THE MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
For lunch, your guide will prepare a picnic based on salads of regional products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnic. 

PHYSICAL CONDITION

You should be able to walk 20km (on the plains) in a maximum of 4 hours.
If this is not the case, within three weeks before departure, at a rate of 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to undertake a good training: 4 to 5 km of jogging or 3 to 4 hours of hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will facilitate your stay and allow you to enjoy it all the more.

Practical information

ACCESS TO THE STARTING POINT

Start of the hike in Termignon.

BY TRAIN

Going
The day before: departure from Paris Gare de Lyon at 10.57am, arrival in Modane at 4.10pm
Then bus from Modane to Termignon, departure at 4.50 pm, arrival at 5.20 pm

Return
Bus from Termignon to Modane, departure at 2.50pm, arrival at 3.20pm
Then train: departure from Modane at 15:52, arrival Paris Gare de Lyon at 21:02

All train timetables should be checked with Sncf: https://www.oui.sncf/
http://www.mobisavoie.fr/8495-horaires-ete-2018.htm

BY CAR

Motorway to Modane then follow Termignon.
Large free car park in Termignon in the centre of the village.

End of the tour in Termignon.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER THE TOUR

OT Termignon : +33 (0)4 79 20 51 67
http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/stationvillage/termignon/

Hotel** La Turra : +33 (0)4 79 20 51 36
http://www.hotellaturra.com/

TO CONTACT US

If you are late, contact the agency: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

Special equipment 2021

> Sleeping bag
> Indoor slippers
> Masks for any shops or accommodation that may require them
> Personal hydroalcoholic gel

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

  • Clothing
  • Hiking trousers
  • Shorts (1 swimming costume just in case)
  • Breathable" or merino wool T-shirts
  • Breathable" or merino wool long johns
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Windbreaker or Goretex jacket
  • Rain cape + gaiters or Goretex trousers + a bag cape
  • A pair of gloves and a light hat
  • Hat or cap
  • Hiking socks (double layer, with loops...1 pair per day)
  • Hiking shoes already broken in and with well-spiked soles
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A change of shoes for the evening

Miscellaneous equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Towel (quick-drying, available in specialist shops)
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or thermos (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife and cutlery
  • An airtight plastic box as a plate for your picnics
  • Coffee cup
  • Small personal first aid kit (painkillers, bandages, etc.)
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp or torch
  • A sheet and a pillowcase (the gîtes provide blankets)
  • Two telescopic poles (highly recommended)
  • Valid identity card or passport

BACKPACK

A comfortable 30-40 litre rucksack for your day's belongings (warm clothing, rain cape, water bottle, picnic box and cutlery, sun protection and identity papers) and some space for a picnic and snacks.

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your luggage is transported by a logistics vehicle from stage to stage. Your change of clothes should be grouped in one soft bag not exceeding 12kg! We particularly insist on the size and weight of your luggage: during your tour, it is handled by a driver several times a day (please think about their backs!) to be transported to refuges whose access is not always easy. 

Use one piece of luggage per person, as grouping the belongings of two people in a single container generally results in excessive weight. It is better to have two 10kg bags than one 20kg bag!

Beware, luggage that is too heavy or too large will not be taken in charge by the drivers!

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