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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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Height difference : +/- 450m to 1350m
Walking time : 4h to 6h30 per day
Type of walk : mountain route with no technical difficulty. Some variants are proposed with steeper passages requiring a sure footing.
Number of participants : between 6 and 12 people supervised by a qualified professional (mountain leader).
With luggage transport: your luggage is transported to your accommodation each day by a logistics vehicle.
2 nights in refuge, in a 4-person bedroom,
2 nights in hotel in a 2-person bedroom,
1 night in refuge in a 2-person bedroom.
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!
Special on Sundays evenings at Bellecombe refuge (nights 1 and 2)
Massage possible on Sundays evenings at Bellecombe refuge, please book with Véronique at 07 86 63 87 97 or email@example.com (a minimum of registrants is required).
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.
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.
Start of hike in Termignon.
Arrival at Modane train station and then bus from Modane to Termignon.
Timetables must be checked on SNCF.
Motorway to Modane then follow Termignon. Large free car park in Termignon in the centre of the village.
End of trek in Termignon.
If you are late, contact the agency: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
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.
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!