Founded in 1922, the Gran Paradiso National Park, first of its kind in Italy and Europe, was created to protect wildlife and is a safe haven for plants and animals including: chamois, ibex, marmot, fox and vulture. This park adjoins its little brother in France, the Vanoise National Park. Both together, it's offering a protective area of 1200 km2. Between the two parks is a large massif and several high mountain passes. A challenging trek with basic comfort level in the refuges but offering a real immersion into a virgin mountain space.
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Meeting point at Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station at 10:00am.Transfer to departure point in Sainte-Foy Tarentaise.
LAC NOIR - REFUGE ARCHEBOC
Climb through Ruitor valley to Montseti pass. Descent via Lac Noir (Lake Black) and Mercuel valley. Night in Archeboc refuge, without your baggage.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +650m -500m
COL DU ROCHER BLANC OR DU MONT - REFUGE BEZZI
Climb to Argentière pass, then traverse the wild plateau from Lake Blanc to Rocher Blanc pass (2833m), the border with Italy. Descent into Valgrisenche valley by Lake Grapillon. Another route is possible passing by Mont pass (2636m). Descent to Bezzi refuge.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -900m
COL BASSAC DERE - LAKE GOLLETA - REFUGE BENEVOLO
Hike alongside Gliairetta glacier. Climb to Bassac Déré pass at 3083m and then descend to the glacial lake of Goletta, then to Benevolo refuge. Night in the refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -800m
COL ROSSET - LACS LIETA - LACS DE NIVOLET
Traverse the pastures and ascend Rosset pass at 3023m. Descend to Rosset plateau by Lake Chavaney and Lake Lieta. A dreamlike landscape facing the Gran Paradiso summit! Arrive at the lakes of Nivolet. Night in refuge on the edge of the lake, without your baggage.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -550m
COL DEL FERAUDA - REFUGE MUZIO
A day hiking on unmarked trails through pastures and meadows, along altitude lakes and rocky ridges before reaching Ferauda pass. Descend to Muzio refuge. Night in the refuge, without your baggage.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +400m -1250m
COL DU CARRO - BONNEVAL SUR ARC
Climb through Carro valley and take the (cabled) passage of Carro pass (3122m). Descend by Lake Noir and Lake Blanc to Carro refuge, then to Ecot village, listed among the most beautiful villages in France. Night in gite in the traditional Bonneval-sur-Arc village.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1250m -1300m
COL DE BEZIN - LA FEMMA
Climb to Pont de la Neige. Climb to Bezin pass (2929m) via unmarked trail. Traverse the wild, deserted and glacial plateau of Méan Martin to reach Rocheure pass (2911m). Stunning view over the Dômes de la Vanoise. Descent and night in Femma refuge, without your baggage.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +700m -850m
COL DE PIERRE BLANCHE - TIGNES
Departure to Pierre Blanche pass (2842m), with in line of vision the Vanoise peaks and the Grande Casse summit at 3855m, highest summit of the range. Descend to Leisse valley and Lake Plan des Nettes. A few more lakes on the path and the last mountain pass (Leisse pass at 2761m) to finally arrive at Tignes ski resort.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -1000m
End point in Tignes at 3:00pm, transfer to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, arrival at 4:00pm.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.
Elevation: +/-1000m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 8 hours average per day.
Type of trek: mountain route with few aerial passages. Some parts of the route are off the marked trails.
Group from 6 to 10 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader. At the beginning of summer, this number can be reduced depending on snow conditions.
7 nights in dormitory in refuges or gites.
All accommodation offers hot showers, except on day 4.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully daily prepared by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
A good fitness level is highly important for this tour.
Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours. This trek, requires a certain physical fitness level but presents no particular technical difficulty. Good advance preparation is nevertheless necessary in order to appreciate the beauty of these high-altitude stages. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
IGN Top 25 - 3532 ET - les Arcs, la Plagne and Top 25
3633 ET - Tignes, Val d’Isère (1/25 000)
Istituto Geografico Centrale: map 102 Valsavarenche, Val di Rhêmes, Valgrisenche
Meet Sunday at 10:00am at Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station. Transfer to departure point at Sainte-Foy Tarentaise.
2019 timetable. Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 11:52am or 12:45pm arrive in Bourg-Saint-Maurice at 7:22pm.
Return: depart Bourg Saint Maurice at 4:39pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 10:14pm.
Times given are indicative and must be verified in a train station or on
Take the A430 motorway to Albertville, then the N90 to Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The train station is on the main road in the town centre.
Free parking behind the train station, at the bottom of the funicular.
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End point of the trek at Tignes at 3:00pm, transfer to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, arrival around 4:00pm.
Bourg Saint Maurice Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 07 12 57
Sainte-Foy Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
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.
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.
Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics 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 the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!
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.