TOUR OF VANOISE GLACIERS self-guided

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 415 € From 415 €

At the heart of France's first National Park

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 Gran Paradiso massif in Italy, forming the largest nature reserve in Europe. 
The journey will bring you around the famous "Dômes de la Vanoise", a range of glaciers extending over twenty kilometers at the center of the Park. The tour goes at the foot of Grande Casse, Savoie highest summit, at 3855m. In 1860, a rich Englishman employed a courageous woodsman to cut more than 800 steps in the ice so the summit can be reached for the first time.
Crossing typical landscapes of the Alps, this hike offers some more technical variations that you can do depending on your preference and on the actual conditions...

You will like

  • Wild and preserved territory of France's first National Park
  • An original journey around "Dômes de la Vanoise" glaciers
  • Passing through the typical village of Pralognan-la-Vanoise
  • Discovering "Petit Mont Blanc"
  • The great variety of landscapes between the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and a small friendly hotel

TOUR OF VANOISE GLACIERS self-guided

From 415 €

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

6 days tour, daily departures

Without baggage transport
415€ per person, classic accommodation
Extra for a single departure (without luggage transfer): 55€

With baggage transport (except day 5)
Choice of departure from 21 June to 6 September 2020
For 2 to 3 persons: 735 per person
For 4 to 5 persons: 615€ per person
For 6+ persons: 550€ per person

7 days / 6 nights tour possible: supplement 120€ per person

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes: 

  • 5 nights half-board from dinner of the first day 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€);
  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • Daily baggage transport, if you have chosen this option (except day 5);
  • Organization and booking fees, touristic taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches (about 10€ per picnic);
  • Hot shower tokens if required;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.;
  • The bus transfer on Day 1 (6€) or taxi in low season (June & September);
  • The return journey from your home;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

PLAN DU LAC REFUGE - AIGUILLES DE LANSERLIA
Departure from Termignon and bus transfer to Plan du Lac refuge.
Hike to Lanserlia lake, a short walk plunging you into the most secret atmosphere of Vanoise. Night in a refuge.
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -600m

Day 2

VANOISE PASS- PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
Traverse Leisse Valley and climb to Vanoise pass at the foot of Grande Casse, the glacier of the Vanoise. Descend to Pralognan-la-Vanoise village passing by Long lake and Vaches lake. Night in a hotel.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -1350m

Day 3

PETIT MONT BLANC - LES PRIOUX
Climb to Petit Mont Blanc with its stunning panoramic viewpoint over Pralognan valley, Grande Casse mountain range and Dômes de la Vanoise. Night in a refuge.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -700m

Day 4

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.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -850m

Day 5

BARBIER TRAIL - PLAN SEC REFUGE or DENT PARRACHÉE
Long and easy 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: +850m -350m

Day 6

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.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +250m -1350m

End point at Termignon.

The trip

LEVEL ***          

Elevation: +/-250m to 1350m average per day.
Walking time: 5 - 6 hours average per day.
Type of trek: mountain route with no technical difficulty.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 2 IGN TOP 25 maps with the route highlighted;
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek;
- 1 waterproof map holder;
- Accommodation list.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

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.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Two options:
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle (except Day 5)

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 1 night in a comfortable hotel in a 2-person bedroom.
                 4 nights in a refuge, dormitory room of 4-10 persons.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation the day before.

FITNESS LEVEL

Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours. If this is not your case, we recommend to prepare 3 weeks before the tour: 2 to 3 times a week, go running 4/5km or walk/ride a bike for 3-4 hoursYour physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

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

DEPARTURE

From mid-June to mid-September.
Choice of departure day

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

BY TRAIN
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
https://www.oui.sncf

BY CAR
Take the A41 motorway to Chambery, then A43 to Modane. Follow direction Termignon.
Big and free parking in Termignon at the foot of ski tracks.

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

End point in Termignon to collect your baggage.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Termignon & Haute-Maurienne Vanoise tourist office: +33 (0)4 79 20 51 67
http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/stationvillage/termignon

Hôtel** La Turra (Termignon): +33 (0)4 79 20 51 36
http://www.hotellaturra.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 together the belongings of two people usually leads to 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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