VANOISE HIGH PASSES

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level **** Level ****
From 1065 € From 1065 €

High altitude trek, crossing the glacier

An amazing trip !
In our section "High passes", we have created several tours in Vanoise, crossings, with glacial summit at the end. But it was a shame to step on the Dômes de la Vanoise without crossing the ice cap, unique in Europe!
Here is the program for this great week: 4 days of high hiking, between "Col du Ravin Noir", "Col du Soufre", "Col Rouge", "Petit and Grand Marchet" ... followed by 2 days in the "great white", a full crossing of the Glacial Domes of Vanoise!
Small group of 8 to 9 people, with a High-Mountain guide for the last two days!

You will like

  • A journey off the beaten track
  • Passing by high passes and the proximity to the glaciers
  • 2 days crossing the ice cap with a guide
  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Small group of 9 persons max

VANOISE HIGH PASSES

Next date Next departure 10/07/22

From 1065 €

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 10/07/22
to 15/07/22
Open departure 1065 € Book online
From 17/07/22
to 22/07/22
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From 24/07/22
to 29/07/22
Guaranteed departure 1065 € Book online
From 31/07/22
to 05/08/22
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From 07/08/22
to 12/08/22
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From 14/08/22
to 19/08/22
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From 28/08/22
to 02/09/22
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From 04/09/22
to 09/09/22
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From 11/09/22
to 16/09/22
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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 lunch and simple snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in gites, refuges and small hotels, shower tokens in accomodation if required ;
  • Tourist tax ;
  • The luggage transport night 3 ;
  • Guiding for crossing the glacier and equipment.

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 within the corresponding technical sheet.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

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L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Aussois (or at Modane train station at 1 p.m., optional transfer).

AUSSOIS - FOND D'AUSSOIS
After a short debrief, littlle warm-up climbing to Fond d'Aussois refuge by the lakes of Plan d'Aval and then Plan d'Amont.
2.5 hour walk / Elevation: +830m / 8 km

Day 2

COLS DE LA MASSE, DU RAVIN NOIR ET DE CHAVIÈRE
1 day, 3 passes! Climb to "Col de la Masse", then cross off-trail to "Col du Ravin Noir" (2940m), wild. On the Orgère side, several routes bring you to find the path of the last pass, at 2796m, making sure not to disturb the shepherd, his sheep and his dog. From there, descend to Peclet-Polset refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1050m -930m / 11 km

Day 3

COL DU SOUFRE - COL ROUGE
Here are two neighboring and yet very different passes. The "Col du Soufre" is really original, with a little Icelandic air. The crossing from one to another allows you to explore a wild area, along the Lakes of "Mont Coua". Reaching the "Col Rouge" via the "Passage des Eaux Noires"! Then descend into the large valley of Chavière, stopping at the Ritord farm to taste the best of Beauforts cheese. Night in a lodge, in a dormitory, with luggage.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +820m -1570m / 17 km


 

Day 4

PETIT ET GRAND MARCHET - COL DE LA VANOISE
A good climb takes us to the Valette hut. Crossing two cirques, under the waterfalls of the ice cap. A final climb leads to the "Col de la Vanoise", along the spire, at the foot of the famous Grande-Casse summit. Alternatively, it is also possible to go through the "Col Noir" and the Patinoire lake, a beautiful getaway with a wide view over the "Aiguille de la Vanoise" and "Grande-Casse". In the evening, meeting with the guides for the next day's race. Night in refuge, in dormitory.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1750m -960m / 15 km
5 hour walk / Elevation: +1230m -360m / 13km by the Patinoire lake

 


 

Day 5

ACROSS THE NORTH GLACIERS
To walk on a glacier, you have to wake up early! So start will be very early from the refuge by a path in the rocky terrain, to the "glacier de la Réchasse" where the glaciers walk begins. The next step is the "col du Dard", then we descend behind the "Mont Pelve" to the pass of the same name. The landscape is changing, between glaciers and rocky summits, wonderfull. Descent to the "refuge de l'Arpont", by the glacier or by the "dôme de Chasseforêt" summit if the group is in good day! Night in refuge, in dormitory.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -960m / 11km
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -1400m / 13km by the Chasseforêt summit

 

 

 

Day 6

COL DE LABBY - ACROSS SOUTH GLACIERS 
Let's go, the last one before the sunset! The route continue to the "glacier de la Mahure", the way of "col de Labby" (3324m), near to the "Dent Parrachée".  A very nice high mountain atmosphere for the last day!  After the pass, we just have to go down to the Génépy lake and then the "refuge de la Dent Parrachée" for a last blueberry cake! 
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1120m -1400m / 14km

End of the tour at 2pm in "Plan d'Amont" and taxi transfert to Aussois.

The trip

LEVEL ****

Elevation: +/- 1100m approximately per day.
Walking time: 7 hours per day.
Type of trek: mountain route for trained hikers, with off-trail sections. The glacial crossing requires specific equipment but does not present any technical difficulties. It is necessary to arrive well trained to be able to take full advantage of the journey. In case of bad weather, there are optional routes.

GUIDING 

Between 6 and 9 participants supervised by qualified professionals.

GLACIATE CROSSING

The equipment (helmet, harness, crampons) is delivered on day 3 at Pralognan, with the luggage.
The High Mountain guides join the group on evening 4, at the Col de la Vanoise refuge.
The glacier hike between the Dômes de la Vanoise has no technical difficulty. Only the exit of the glacier can be a little tricky.
Guiding: 1 guide for 4 persons maximum (except at the start of the season, 1 guide for 5 persons).

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 5 nights in dormitory, in refuge.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

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.

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

The luggage transport is provided on day 3, at the refuge above Pralognan. You will be able to change your clothes, and get mountaineering equipment for the following days (see "Equipment" section).

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meet Sunday at 13:30 in Aussois (or in front of the train station in Modane at 13:00, transfer in option). 

BY TRAIN
Inbound: Depart from the Gare de Lyon train station (Paris) at 06:46 arrive in Modane at 11:49.
Return: Depart from Modane at 19:15 arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon train station at 23:13.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at www.voyages-sncf.com

BY CAR
Take the A6 motorway to Lyon, then the A43 direction Chambery and Modane.
At Modane follow direction Aussois via the D215. Free car-park at Aussois.

End of trek at 4 p.m. at Aussois.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

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

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 transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag up stairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).

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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