Vanoise is the oldest French National Park, covering a rich territory. We offer an original discovery, at the heart of a wilderness, away from the crowds and sometimes off-trail. A way to wander in vast nature, to tiptoe with the greatest respect in this fragile environment with the help of our guide. A way to rediscover the mountain with your eyes wide open. That journey will be punctuated by beautiful nights in mountain refuges and the ascent of the Chasseforêt glacial dome, one of the highest peaks of the Vanoise ice cap.
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Tour organised on request for your group.
Price according to number of participants, please contact us.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meeting at 1.30pm in front of Aussois tourist office (or at Modane train station at 1pm). Plan to have lunch before.
AUSSOIS - PLAN D'AMONT LAKE
Transfer to Aussois the departure point of the hike. Climb by Côtes hamlet and Aval and Amont lakes to Plan Sec refuge. Night in a refuge.
3 hour walk / Elevation: +850m
MASSE PASS - CHAVIERE PASS
The program of the day includes 3 passes in an alpine atmosphere. Climb by Masse pass (2922m) then the trail continues to the wild and beautiful Ravin Noir pass. After the descent to Partie lake you reach the GR which takes us to the Chavière pass (2796m). Short descent to the Péclet-Polset refuge for a night in dormitory (*without baggage.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1170m - 850m
SOUFRE PASS - ROUGE PASS
A day of exploration in an exceptional geological site connecting two unusual passes. From the refuge, climb to White Lake and the Soufre Pass (2817m) in colourful surroundings. After a short descent along Gébroulaz glacier the route then goes off-trail to reach the foot of the Rouge pass (2730m), to climb back up for a last push. Follow a beautiful descent into the valley to the Ritord pasture (the best Beaufort cheese of the region). Still a few km on to find the Repoju refuge, for a night in dormitory.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m - 1520m
PRALOGNAN BALCONY TRAIL
Climb to the refuge and Valette pass (2550m) then cross via the Petit Marchet circus up to Grand Marchet (2490m), under the waterfalls coming from Domes de la Vanoise glacier. Descend under the Aiguille de la Vanoise. A last climb to reach the Barmettes refuge. Night in dormitory (possibility of rooms as option).
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1280 m - 1000 m
VACHES LAKE - VANOISE PASS
A classic unmissable, one of the main landscapes of the Vanoise at the foot of the Grande Casse (3855m) with spare time to stroll along the lakes. From the pass, descend into the wide Leisse valley under the watchful eye of the ibex. In the valley, climb to the Leisse refuge. Night in a refuge (*without baggage).
5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m - 450m
LIESSE PASS - GRAPILLON LAKE
Climb under the Grande-Motte foothills to the Leisse pass. Leave the Tignes valley and its ski lifts to reach the wide Santon valley. After 2km between the slopes and ski lifts of Val d'Isère, we find the wild mountain off-trails up to the Grapillon lake. Follow a long wild traverse along the Lores mountains, a territory full of chamois, to reach the Fond des Fours refuge and its friendly Pyrenean keeper. Night in a dormitory, with a kettle of hot water as a shower! But very good beer! (*without luggage).
5 hour walk / Elevation: +720m - 650m
ROCHEURE PASS - LANSERLIA PEAKS
The day begins with crossing the Méan Martin glacial circus, rich in rocks and various plants. Ascend to the superb Rocheure pass (2911m). Descend to the Femma refuge and the wide mountain pastures full of marmots. Depending on the fitness level of the group, it is possible to continue off-trail via the Lanserlia peaks and the wild Turc plateau or continue in the valley up to the Plan du Lac refuge. Maybe see a visit by the huge bearded gypaet that nestles nearby. Night in a refuge dormitory.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550m - 720m (+/- 400m to Lanserlia)
LAUZIERES AND CHASSEFORET LAKES
A softer and adaptable day. Take a short walk to Lait lake before going down to the Rocheure bridge. Climb under the eastern foothills of the Domes de la Vanoise then traverse going from lake to lake. A small detour to admire the high mountain landscape of the Chasseforêt lake. Quickly reaching the Arpont refuge with an architecture as amazing as many of the recent refuges in the park. Calm afternoon and night in dormitory (*without baggage).
4 hour walk / Elevation: +600m - 620m (+/- 250m to Chasseforêt lake)
Early departure with a high mountain guide for the Dome ascent. This ascent is easy from the Arpont glacier offering a view over the whole Domes de la Vanoise ice cap, of the main peaks and over the Maurienne valley. Descend to the Arpont refuge and finally to Termignon village and the end point of the hike.
8 hour walk / Elevation: +1300 m -2300m
Also possible for less elevation and descent: crossing from Arpont to the Dent Parrachée refuge via glaciers (maximum altitude 3500m at the Arpont pass), hike classified as easy. In this case, the start and the end of the hiking week would be in Aussois.
8 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -1450m
End of hike around 4pm at Termignon and transfer to Aussois.
The program is establish according to the latest informations available. Unknown factors and situations beyond our control may affect this itinerary and may change the route, timings etc.
Elevation: +600 to 1250m approximately per day.
Walking time: 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: mountain route for experienced hikers with technical sections. The last day (glacier crossing) requires specific equipment but does not present any technical difficulties.
Number of participants between 6 and 10 people supervised by qualified professionals (mountain leaders and high mountain guides).
1 night in a gite in a small dormitory;
7 nights in refuge, in dorms from 4 to 10 poeple.
Hot showers every night, exept on night 6
Double room possible on day 4 and day 8, with extra cost and depending on availability
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of a healthy salads and local products.
IGN mpa 1:25000: Tignes-Val d'Isère 3633ET, Les Trois Vallées 3534OT.
Meeting point on Sunday at 1:30pm in front of Aussois Tourist Office (or in front of Modane train station at 1:00pm). Plan to have lunch before.
End point at Aussois.
2019 timetable. Inbound: Depart from the Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 7:53am arrive in Modane at 1:37pm.
Return: Depart from Modane at 4:24pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 9:18pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at
BY CAR 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
Aussois Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 20 30 80
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If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible +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.