The Haute-Maurienne valley is a remote area populated by hardy Savoyards who retain the will to preserve their country. In this territory in the middle of nowhere, traditional villages are classified amongst the most beautiful in France and the mountain landscapes are easily accessible. Situated between the Vanoise and Gran Paradiso National Parks. From the comfortable hotels in the valley, each day a different path will take us into into suspended valleys, to mountain lakes or along balcony trails. In the evening, it's time for cosy beds, good food and local specialties like the rare blue cheeses of Bonneval and Termignon.
No stress during this tour... The itinerary can be adapted and it is even possible to have a rest day.
First of its kind in France, the Vanoise National Park was established in 1963. A vast territory where flora, fauna and a rocky mineral world are all preserved. Between the Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys, its borders meet the Gran Paradiso massif in Italy, forming the largest nature reserve in Europe.
From 640 €Contact us
From 25th June to 1st September
With luggage transport
€ per person in hotel**
Single room supplement : €
For booking, please call or send us an email.
Does not includes:
The price is all inclusive from the departure point to the end point.
Meeting at Bonneval-sur-Arc for 3 nights in hotel**
Check in at the hotel. Possibility to visit the snow and mountain area (3€).
PETIT BONHEUR PATH
Little walk in the valley, along the River Arc. Do not miss the rock paintings! there are 8 deer painted in red, dating from the Neolithic age, represented on the Castle rock. Bus transfer to go back to Bonneval-sur-Arc.
2 hour walk / Elevation : -70m / 6km
CARRO REFUGE - MAURIENNE BALCONY TRAIL
Short bus transfer to the Iseran pass to gain altitude. Balcony trail to the Carro refuge facing tumbling glaciers, a perfect spot for a lakeside picnic lunch, close to Italy. Return through Ecot, a classified dry stone hamlet. Night at the hotel.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +530m -1200m
CIRQUE OF EVETTES GLACIER
Climb via Plan des Roches or the gorge to Reculaz waterfall. Beautiful finish at Plan des Évettes, a classified site at the foot of glaciers and under the summit of Albaron (3637m). Return gently via the refuge and by the balcony trail to Bonneval. Night at the hotel.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation : +/- 800m (possibility to shorten the stage)
BONNEVAL - BESSANS
Short bus transfer to St Barthélémy Chapel to gain some altitude. Balcony trail on a beautiful sunny terrace overlooking the valley. Panorama overlooking the high peaks. Descend to the village of Bessans, full of stories and legends. Night in a hotel.
4 hour walk / Elevation: +400m -840m
BESSANS - RIBON VALLEY - LANSVILLARD
Little climb to discover the wild and wide Ribon valley. Going back via the Alp path through a pretty forest and descend through pastures to the village.
4 hour walk / Elevation : +500m -720m (possibility to shorten this stage)
Descend to Lanslebourg village by the path of "petit bonheur" and gently climb to the point of view "La Turra de Termignon" which embraces the entire valley. Go down through the Pré des Chamois and Pré du Coin to Termignon village.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation : +600/850m -700/950m
OR THE HAUTE MAURIENNE BALCONY
Short bus transfer to the Madeleine pass and climb to the pretty refuge Vallonbrun. Long balcony trail overlooking the valley to Termignon village.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -1150m
Departure from Termignon and bus transfer to Plan du Lac refuge. Hike to Lanserlia lakes, a route that plunges you into the most secret atmosphere of the Vanoise. Return by bus to Termignon.
4 hour walk / Elevation : +470m -470m
End point at Termignon in the afternoon.
Elevation: +500m / -750m average per day (excluding Day 1)
Walking time: 4.5 hours average per day (excluding Day 1)
Type of trek: mountain route with no technical difficulty.
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;
- Bus timetables.
Haute Maurienne is an area where the trails are well indicated. GR is indicated with red and white paint markings but sometimes the colour may change on other paths. Trust the signposts.
It is best to know how to read a 1/25000 topographical map.
with baggage transport: your luggage is transported daily by our vehicle.
COMFORT: 6 nights in hotel**, twin/double room (for individuals it can be a room of 3 sometimes). 4 hotels have been chosen for their warm welcome, their good cuisine and their location. Single room available on request subject to supplement.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation the day before.
You can stock up each day in the villages giving you the opportunity to buy local products (Beaufort, Bleus...).
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 4/5 km or walk/ride a bike for 3 to 4 hours. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)
IGN Top 25 - 3633 ET - Tignes - Val-d'Isère - Haute-Maurienne
IGN Top 25 - 3434 OT - Val Cenis - Charbonnel
Meeting at Bonneval-sur-arc for 3 nights in hotel**
Many departures from Paris - Gare de Lyon (TGV direct 4h06). Then bus transfer from Modane to Bonneval-sur-arc and from Termignon to Bonneval (ligne M12 - Belle Savoie Express - 2 or 3 buses a day). http://itineraire.mobisavoie.fr
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
Take the A41 motorway to Chambery, then A43 to Modane. Follow direction Termignon.
Free parking at Termignon.
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 at Termignon in the afternoon.
Termignon & Haute-Maurienne Vanoise Tourist office: +33 (0)4 79 20 51 67
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 taking 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.