VANOISE HIGH PASSES

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9 days 9 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level **** Level ****
From 1030 € From 1030 €

With ascent of the glacial dome of Chasseforêt

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.

You will like

  • A journey off the beaten track
  • Passing by high passes and the proximity to the glaciers
  • The ascent of a glacial summit at the end of the journey
  • Accommodation in mountain huts

VANOISE HIGH PASSES

From 1030 €

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Dates & prices

Tour organised on request for your group.
Price according to number of participants, please contact us.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunches and snacks during the day;
  • Accommodation in gîtes and refuges, shower tokens in accomodation if required;
  • Daily luggage transport between accommodation (except night 4) and bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point;
  • Airport taxes and other exclusions clearly described in the technical sheet.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

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)

Day 8

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)

Day 9

CHASSEFORET DOME 
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.

The trip

LEVEL ***

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.

GUIDING

Number of participants between 6 and 10 people supervised by qualified professionals (mountain leaders and high mountain guides).

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 
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

MEALS

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.

MAPS

IGN mpa 1:25000: Tignes-Val d'Isère 3633ET, Les Trois Vallées 3534OT.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

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.

BY TRAIN
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
https://www.oui.sncf

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

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Aussois Tourist Office: +33 (0)4 79 20 30 80
www.aussois.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 +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 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.

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