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Trekking in the Vanoise National Park, trekking in the French Alps, trekking maurienne, trekking val d'isere, trekking france| esprit montagne

At the Heart of the Vanoise National Park

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700 €

We propose you a route that crosses the heart of the National Park, passing through easy passes, at the feet of the most beautiful glaciers, such as those of the Grande Casse (3855 mt), the Grande Motte and the Dôme de la Sache (3588m ). A wild route through some altitude passages which alternate with the vast Vanoise mountain pastures and the magical environment of its lakes.



At the Heart of the Vanoise National Park

Located between the high valleys of Maurienne and Tarentaise, the Vanoise National Park was the first National Park created in France in 1963.
Very rich in flora and fauna, the Vanoise Park borders 14 km of its limits with the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy to form the largest natural reserve in Europe: the ibex and the bearded vulture are some of the species protected symbols of the two Parks.
We propose you a route that crosses the heart of the National Park, passing through easy passes, at the feet of the most beautiful glaciers, such as those of the Grande Casse (3855 mt), the Grande Motte and the Dôme de la Sache (3588m ). A wild route through some altitude passages which alternate with the vast Vanoise mountain pastures and the magical environment of its lakes.

JOUR 1 - DIMANCHE
BOURG SAINT MAURICE - LAC de LA PLAGNE - REFUGE D’ENTRE LE LAC

Meeting in the morning at 9:00 am at the Funicular parking in Bourg Saint Maurice.

Bus transfer from Bourg Saint Maurice to Rosuel at 10:00 am.

Vertical drop: +600 m
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours

We will be starting from Rosuel, we leave in the direction of the La Plagne Lake, by a forest path which allows us to walk in the shade. We may be able to observe Bearded Vultures, there is a nesting area in one of the cliffs under Mont Pourri: several chicks have born here in recent years. We then cross some beautiful alpine pastures, this is the fishermen's path between a very pretty stream and the lake.
Once at the Lake we can take swim or taste a slice of the blueberry pie from the Entre Le Lac refuge, where we will spend the night, the stage is short for the first day.

DAY 2 - MONDAY
REFUGE D'ENTRE LA LAC - COL DU PLAN SERY - GRAND TUF – REFUGE de PLAISANCE

Vertical drop: +700 m and - 700 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

We leave for the Plan Séry Pass on a good path, the walk is regular, at the Pass we leave off the trail towards the Grand Tuf. We will be able to see ibexes and hopefully maybe bighorn sheep too. The bighorn sheep were resettled in the region by local hunters, but when the ONF(National Forest Organisation) asked to exterminate them since it was not a local species, they moved into the National Park to search for some refuge. 
The descent to the Plaisance refuge will be on a good path under the Bellecôte summit. We will enjoy the sunset over the Grand Bec de Pralognan.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY
REFUGE de PLAISANCE - LA LAISONNAY D'EN HAUT – REFUGE de LA GLIERE

Vertical drop: - 650 m and + 600 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

We start the day with a descent,  walking on the fresh air of a beautiful waterfall; we will arrive at the small hamlet of Laisonnay to then start the regular walk under the North Face of the Grande Casse (3855m) and Epéna. Vanoise highest peak overlooks us and the 800 m cliff of L’Epéna stands before us.
It’s nice to have such a great view and to keep going on our easy path.
We will arrive at the Glière refuge, and once we are set into our rooms down we will have te time to enjoy the view on the glaciers…

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
REFUGE de LA GLIERE - COL de LA GRASSAZ - LAC VERDET - REFUGE du PALET

Vertical drop: + 850 m and - 350 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

We walk up to the Col de la Grassaz, from up there the view on the North face of the Grande Casse and on the Grande Motte is magnificent. We will then cross over to Lac Verdet to enjoy our picnic is suc a beautiful place a meal.
We are not very far from the refuge. A small descent and a small climb later we will arrive at Lac du Grattaleu, just before the Refuge du Palet.

DAY 5 - THURSDAY
REFUGE du PALET - TIGNES - SAVINAZ GLACIER - REFUGE de LA MARTIN

Vertical drop: + 500 m and - 800 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

We quickly pass the Col du Palet to then walk down to Tignes, where we will buy something for lunch.
We will then we take a balcony path and after several small climbs and descents we will reach the Refuge de la Martin under the Dôme de la Sache glaciers ( 3588m).

DAY 6 - FRIDAY
REFUGE de LA MARTIN - LA GURRAZ - REFUGE de TURIA

Vertical drop: - 700 m and + 850 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

For those who want, just before breakfast and without a bag, we can go for a little walk in the fresh air to see the glacier, we can generally see chamois ... After this little walk we eat at the refuge to then walk down towards the Gurraz vilage.
We will then walk up on a regular path, sheltered by the shade of the forest, to reach the small village of Cousset. Another small climb in the pastures leads us to the Refuge de Turia. We will enjoy a superb sunset at the refuge, it’s a very nice little hut for our last evening.

DAY 7 - SATURDAY
REFUGE de TURIA - ARC 2000 - ARC 1600 - BOURG SAINT MAURICE

Vertical drop: - 500 m and +200 m
Walking time: 3 to 4 hours

We leave the refuge early in the morning to take advantage of the first sunbeams. The balcony path is fast, we will walk under the Aiguille Rouge: the highest point in Les Arcs station.
We will cross the most beautiful off-piste in Les Arcs by our balcony path, to arrive on the Villaroger slopes. A small ascent will take us to the path that leads to Arc 2000 through a very beautiful forest of fir trees. At Arc 2000 we will take a shuttle bus to Arc 1600 and then the Funicular to find Bourg Saint Maurice.
We will arrive in Bourg Saint Maurice at noon or just before the end of the market, we can have luch all together  in Bourg Saint Maurice, then it will the end of the trip.

END OF THE TRIP: see you next time for a new adventure!

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18/08/202022/08/2020700 €4 Pers. FULL

* Price per person (without insurance)

The price includes

  • assistance of a certified mountain guide from our Team;
  • Half board accommodation as described in the program (7 guided days and 6 nights);
  • Picnics, every day;
  • Mandatory transports along the program.

The price does not include

  • Cancellation / interruption of stay / luggage loss and accident insurance;
  • Cable car tickets (optional on free time);
  • Drinks and personal expenses;
  • Additional nights outside the program;
  • All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".

Your expenses on site

  • Drinks;
  • Out-of-program visits and transfers;
  • Tips.

The backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack should not exceed 1.5 kg.

Backpack for 5 to 6 days:

 
Leters:
  • Small people: 40 liters max
  • Tall people : 50 liters max

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for picnics that you will carry for lunch.

Kilos to carry - It is better to wash than to carry:
  • Small size: 6/7 kilos max, without water and food
  • Large size: 8/9 kilos max, without water and food

Count 2 liters of water and 1 kg of food for the day.
Count an extra kilo for 10-day treks.

Head-to-toe material for the Trek:

  • 1 cap or hat for the sun
  • 1 Hat for the cold
  • 1 optional buff or choker but very pleasant in bad weather
  • 1 Jacket Type Gore Tex or similar windproof and waterproof
  • 1 pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • 1 additional pair of ski warm gloves for altitude treks
  • 1 warm fleece or thick down to withstand negative temperatures
  • 2 sweater: a light one and a warmer one, if it's cold you can put all the layers on
  • 3 Technical T-shirts
  • 3 underwear and 3 - 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the torrents near the shelters (1 solid soap to wash)
  • 1 Warm pant
  • 1 Tight
  • 1 Lighter pant, there are pants that you can zip off to make shorts
  • 1 Short
  • 1  waterproof over-pant  (Gore tex or other) for Trek with altitude passes around 3000m.
  • 1 light rain hood or waterproof bag protector
  • 1 waterproof bag to keep items dry inside your backpack
  • 1 bag for dirty things
  • 1 light sheetbag for sleeping at the huts
  • 1 pair of light slippers for the refuge, in case you do not want to wear the hut' slippers or a pair of light Trail shoes.
  • 1 pair of mountain shoes with Vibram type sole of good quality or similar: if possible try ans wear your shoes before the trek, watch out for old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the mountains.

Do not forget  :

  • Sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • one pair of sunglasses category 3
  • one front lamp
  • cash money for huts and documents

Toiletries  :

  • 1 Lightweight Quick Dry Toilet Towel
  • 1 Body soap
  • 1 Toothbrush with small toothpaste or a started one
  • 1 small shampoo (small format - specialized stores sell small bottles that you will keep your hiker's life).
  • 1 pair of earplugs to better sleep at night in a refuge

Pharmacy & others:

  • Your Usual or Personal Treatments
  • 1 Light Survival Blanket
  • 1 nail clipper
  • What to make small dressings
  • Some compresses and plaster or better Strappal

Your guide will have a more complete pharmacy in the event of a larger accident.

For realx time: A small book or Card game (less than 150 grams)…

Necessary for meals:

  • 1 TuperWare large enough to contain a nice salad for lunch
  • 1 light knife: Opinel type
  • 1 Fork and 1 Spoon
  • 1 nice specialty to share with the rest of the Team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or soaked hiker is a hiker without pleasure, so take the time to properly pack your bag.

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is advised as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and mountain rescue (10,000 Euros guarantee approximately).

Access

How to reach Bourg Saint Maurice, 73700

  • By train, access by TGV to Bourg Saint Maurice station - the hotel will be reachable by shuttle;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers - Bourg Saint Maurice is 2.5 hours from Lyon.

 

Meeting on the first day

On the first day, the meeting will be directly at the Funicular car parking next to Bourg Saint Maurice train station. Those arriving by train are 2 minutes walk from the car parking, those arriving by car can leave it in the free parking during the whole week.

Last day - departure

You will be back at the Funicular car parking around 5:00 p.m. Do not take any transport before 5.30 p.m.

Further information
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