First of its kind in France, the Vanoise National Park was established in 1963. A vast territory where flora, fauna and rocky mineral world are all preserved. Between the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys, its borders meet the Gran Paradiso massif and National Park in Italy, forming the largest nature reserve in Europe.
The tour will bring you around the famous "Dômes de la Vanoise", a range of glaciers extending over twenty kilometres at the centre of the Park and passes at the foot of the Grande Casse, the highest summit in Savoie at 3855m. In 1860, a rich Englishman employed a courageous woodsman to cut more than 800 steps in the ice so the summit could be reached for the first time.
Crossing typical landscapes of the Alps, this hike offers some more technical variations depending on your preference and on the actual conditions...
From 495 €Book online
Choice of departure from 24th June to 4th September 2024
Tour in 6 days / 5 nights
Without baggage transport
495€ per person, classic accommodation
Single departure (without luggage transfer): +75€
With baggage transport (except day 5)
For 2 persons: 780€ per person
For 3 persons: 715€ per person
For 4 persons: 655€ per person
For 5 persons: 620€ per person
For 6+ persons: 595€ per person
With baggage transport only on Day 1 and Day 4
For 2 persons: 620€ per person
For 3 persons: 570€ per person
For 4 persons: 545€ per person
For 5 persons: 530€ per person
For 6+ persons: 520€ per person
We propose the same circuit in a 7-day version, with a departure on foot from Termignon on the first day: Contact us.
Information and booking by telephone or e-mail.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
PLAN DU LAC REFUGE - AIGUILLES DE LANSERLIA
Departure from Termignon and bus transfer to Parking de Bellecombe (without luggage transport) or Plan du Lac refuge(with luggage transport).
Hike to Lanserlia lake, a short walk plunging you into the most secret atmosphere of the Vanoise. It is possible to do a longer hike through the wild plateau du Turc and descent to the Vallon de la Rocheure. Night in refuge.
5.30 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -750m /14km
7 hour walk / Elevation : +850m / -850m / 18km (by the plateau du Turc)
VANOISE PASS - PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
Traverse Leisse Valley and climb to Vanoise pass at the foot of Grande Casse, the Vanoise glacier. Descend to Pralognan-la-Vanoise passing by "Lac Long" and "Lac des Vaches". Night in a hotel.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550 m -1500 m / 17km
PETIT MONT BLANC - LES PRIOUX
Climb to Petit Mont Blanc with its stunning panoramic viewpoint over Pralognan valley, Grande Casse mountain range and the Dômes de la Vanoise. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1250 m -950m / 13km
CHAVIÈRE PASS - ORGÈRE REFUGE
Gentle climb to Péclet Polset refuge, then to the "lunar" Chavière pass at 2896m. Descend to Partie lake and Povaret valley to reach Orgère refuge. Night in a refuge.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -900m / 18km
BARBIER TRAIL - PLAN SEC REFUGE
Long crossing on the nature discovery trail of Vanoise Park to reach the Barbier pass, then Aussois valley and its two wide lakes. Small detour is possible to the Masse pass at 2923m. Night in Plan Sec refuge or La Dent Parrachée refuge (*without your baggage).
5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m - 550m / 13km
BALCONY TRAIL OF GENEPY - TERMIGNON
Long balcony trail overlooking the Maurienne valley and Arc river. The trail then runs under Dent Parrachée foothills and Arpont glacier. Going down to Termignon.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +780m -1800m / 17km
End point at Termignon.
OPTIONAL 7th DAY ON DAY 1 :
TERMIGNON - PLAN DU LAC
The hike starts in Termignon, along the Doron de Chavière, with a slightly steep climb between meadows and forest. The effort is rewarded by the spectacle that unfolds on arrival on the mountain pasture: vast panorama, lakes with turquoise waters in which the snow-covered summits are reflected, stone chalets and a few Tarines for background music!
Night in a refuge on the Plan du Lac plateau.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1250m -200m / 13km
Elevation: +/-250m to 1350m average per day.
Walking time: 5 - 6 hours average per day.
Type of trek: mountain hike on marked trails including gravel paths.
You have to be in a general good fitness level. Please practice a cardio sport such as hiking, running, cycling, from 3 to 4 hours a week.
Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
Please find the description of the levels by clicking here: levels of difficulty
One month prior to departure, we will send you your travel documents. We offer two roadbook versions:
The "paper" version we send by post:
- 2 IGN TOP 25 maps with route layout.
- 1 road book with all the necessary information for the hike.
- 1 card holder.
- The list of accommodations.
The "digital" version is an application to download on your smartphone, accessible to each of the participants of the file. The information for downloading and using it is sent by e-mail.
The tour is well indicated with yellow paint markings and regular signs on the ground.
The trails also are numbered.
It is preferable to know how to read a 1/25000 topographical map.
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle (except Day 5)
CLASSIC: 1 night in a 2-person bedroom, in hotel and 4 nights in refuge, in dormitory.
All accommodation offers hot showers. However, due to increasingly recurrent periods of drought, access to showers is not guaranteed.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation the day before.
Please inform us about your food allergies and special diets at the time of booking.
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.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
IGN MAPS 1:25000: Les Arcs 3532ET, Tignes-Val d'Isère 3633ET, Les Trois Vallées 3534OT.
Departure from mid-June to mid-September.
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 10:41am arrive in Modane at 2:50pm. Then bus from Modane depart 3:15pm arrive Termignon 3:50pm.
Return bus: depart Termignon 9:30am arrive Modane 10:00am
Return: depart Modane at 10:04am arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 3:15pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on www.oui.sncf
Take the A41 motorway to Chambery, then A43 to Modane. Follow direction Termignon.
Big and free parking in Termignon at the foot of the ski pistes.
End point in Termignon to collect your baggage.
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. Under no circumstances, we can replace your personal civil liability.
The repatriation insurance EUROP ASSISTANCE that we offer is dedicated to French speaking people living in Europe. If it is not your case, we advise you to subscribe to another travel insurance which will cover you in case of injury and repatriation during your trek.
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.
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.
You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag, with all your possessions inside, of 10kg maximum per person. Your baggage will be transported daily, except day 5, between accommodation by our logistics vehicle where access is not always easy.
Baggage which is too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers, please think of their backs!
On night 5, your luggage won't be dropped off at your accommodation (you will get it back the day after). Here are the things to bring with you (about 2 kilos are enough!):