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Trekking at the Heart of the Vanoise National Park

Technical lev. : 2 / 5

Technical lev. : 2 / 5

Quite easy mountain trekking, there can be dizzying passages where you have to be concentrated and if you don't feel dizzy it should be fine!
Learning how to start a mountain rescue and cartography.

Physical lev. : 1 / 5

Physical lev. : 1 / 5

We are taking it easy, without health concerns, motivation is enough, it's initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 500-600m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 5 days & 4 nights
  • Participants : 4 to 10 pax
  • From 4 to 8/07/22 - From 25 to 29/07/22
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

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.

From 620

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.

The Program of the Vanoise National Park Trekking Tour

DAY 1 - MONDAY
BOURG SAINT MAURICE - ARC 1800 - REFUGE DU MONT POURRI 

Vertical Drop: + 600 m and - 200 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours

Meeting at the Funicular in Bourg Saint Maurice at 9.30am, you can park your car in a free parking for the duration of the trek.

Departure with the funicular, to go up to Les Arcs then a shuttle takes us to Les Arcs 1800. We will leave the alpine ski resort which we coul admire without skiers, the ski lifts turn for Bikes ...
We start in the direction of the Chapelle des Vernettes, a superb Baroque Chapel of the Valley; then we will continue our walk in the forest before arriving in the mountain pastures. Here we will enter the Vanoise National Park, the landscape on the glaciers of Mont Pourri and Dôme de Sache are breathtaking.
We may meet herds of sheep with their Shepherd and Patous of protection to avoid the attacks of the Wolves.
We arrive at the Refuge, where the Team will install us.
This will be a great place for your first night in the mountains. This refuge is known by hikers and mountaineers, who will set off earlier than us for the ascent of Mont Pourri at an altitude of 3,779 meters, on the slopes and snow ridges of the Geay Glacier.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY
REFUGE DU MONT POURRI - LAC DE LA PLAGNE - REFUGE du PALET 

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

We will be starting by a balcony path under the Mont Pourri Glacier. After a few hours of walking we will have our pic-nic near the La Plagne Lake, where the bravest can have swim if the weather is good. We will then keep going to the Lac du Grattaleu to finnaly arrive at the Refuge du Palet above Tignes. A short climb to the Col will allow us to discover the great view on the Grande Motte and the Grande Casse, the highest peak of the Vanoise.
Bérangère and her team will welcome us to her Refuge, one of the many in the Vanoise National Park. Maybe a Park Ranger will be there to explain to us how life goes on in this territory, protected since 1960.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
PALET REFUGE - TIGNES - LA SAVINAZ GLACIER - LA MARTIN REFUGE

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

We will quickly pass the Col du Palet to then walk down to Tignes for a small shopping for lunch. We will then take balcony paths where small ascents and descents follow one another to finally reach the Refuge de la Martin, right under the Dôme de la Sache Glaciers ( 3588m).

Once at the Hut you can rest quietly as the day is quite short.
The view over the Haute Vallée de Tarentaise is magnificent, on the opposite side of the valley the peaks of the border chain stand in front of us!

DAY 4 - THURSDAY
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 wish, just before breakfast and without backpack, we can have an early start to get a closer look to the glacier and if we are lucky we might meet some Chamois along the path ... After this little walk in the morning fresh air, we will have breakfast and we will then walk down towards the village of Gurraz.  Once there, we will walk up again on a regular path in the shade of the forest to the small village of Cousset. Another small climb in the pastures will lead us to the Refuge de Turia. A great sunset may frame our last evening in this pleasant little Hut .

DAY 5 - FRIDAY
REFUGE de TURIA - ARC 2000 - ARC 1600 - BOURG SAINT MAURICE

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

We will leave the Hut early enough in the morning to enjoy the first rays of the sun. The balcony path is quick, we will descend under the Aiguille Rouge, the highest point of the Les Arcs Ski Resort. We will cross the most beautiful off-piste of Les Arcs on our balcony path, to arrive on the slopes of Villaroger. A small ascent will take us to the path which leads to Arc 2000, through a very beautiful larch forest. In Les Arcs 2000, we take a shuttle to Arc 1600, then the Funicular back down to Bourg Saint Maurice.

Dispersal of the group at 3:00 pm at Bourg saint Maurice train station.

End of the trip: see you next time for a new adventure!

OUR TIP

On Saturday morning Bourg Saint Maurice hosts the Local Market where you can find lots of products from our mountains and neighboring countries like Italy! If you want to take advantage of it, here's a tip for the extra night: Base Camp Lodge.

Arrival

End

Price *

Status

Du 27/06/2022 au 01/07/2022

au 01/07/2022

620

CLOSED

Du 11/07/2022 au 15/07/2022

au 15/07/2022

620

CLOSED

Du 25/07/2022 au 29/07/2022

au 29/07/2022

620

Bookings in progress

Du 01/08/2022 au 05/08/2022

au 05/08/2022

620

FULL

Du 08/08/2022 au 12/08/2022

au 12/08/2022

620

FULL

* Price per person (without insurance)

How to prepare your backpack for your trekking trip in France

The hiking backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack itself should not exceed 1,5 kilos.

Backpack for 5 days:

  • Small size: 45 liters
  • Large size: 50 liters

Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for the food that you will carry for lunch and sometimes for the day after.

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 kilo of food for the day.

Covid 19 Special:

  • a pair of light shoes or slippers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sleeping sheet for the refuge 
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcollic gel and masks

Head to toe material for your hiking trip:

  • one cap or hat for the sun
  • one hat for the cold
  • one buff or neck warmer, optional but very pleasant in bad weather
  • one type Goretex jacket or equivalent for bad weather
  • one pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • waterproof extra pair of ski gloves for altitude treks
  • one warm fleece or thick down to withstand freezing temperatures
  • two sweaters: one light and one warmer, if it's cold we will put all layers on
  • three technical t-shirts 
  • three underwear and 3 or 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the streams near the hut (take a solid soap to the washing)
  • one warm pant
  •  a pair of tights
  • one lighter pant, some come off to make shorts
  • one short pant
  • one over-pants in waterproof fabric or Gore tex type for Treks with altitude passes around 3000 meters
  • a light rain cape or waterproof bag protector
  • a waterproof bag to keep your spare clothes dry
  • a plastic or waterproof bag for dirty items
  • a change of clothes for the refuge
  • a pair of good quality mountain shoes with Vibram type sole or equivalent, if possible try them on before starting your hiking trip, beware of old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the middle of the mountains.

Do not forget:

  • sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses
  • one light headlamp
  • cash and your identity papers

Toiletries:

  • a light, quick-drying hand towel, hiking type
  • one body soap
  • one toothbrush with small toothpaste or a tube already started
  • one small shampoo (small size - specialty stores sell small bottles that you will keep your whole life as a hiker)
  • a pair of aarplugs to better sleep at night 

Pharmacy & others:

  • your usual or personal treatments
  • a light survival blanket
  • a nail clipper
  • what to make small dressings
  • a few compresses and sticking plaster or better Strappal

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

A small book or card game (less than 150 grams) ... if you want !

Necessary for meals:

  • a light Opinel type knife
  • a fork and a spoon
  • a nice specialty to share with the rest of the team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or wet hiker is a hiker without pleasure! So take the time to properly prepare your backpack.

Technical Level  2/5

Quite easy mountain trekking, there can be dizzying passages where you have to be concentrated and if you don't feel dizzy it should be fine!
Learning how to start a mountain rescue and cartography.

Physical level 1/5

We are taking it easy, without health concerns, motivation is enough, it's initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 500-600m of elevation gain in trekking.

INSURANCE

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

HOW TO REACH BOURG SAINT MAURICE 73700 

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

Meeting on the first day

Meeting at the Funicular in Bourg Saint Maurice at 9.30am, you can park your car in a free parking for the duration of the trek.

OUR TIP

On Saturday morning Bourg Saint Maurice hosts the Local Market where you can find lots of products from our mountains and neighboring countries like Italy! If you want to take advantage of it, here's a tip for the extra night: Base Camp Lodge or Hôtel de l'Angival.

Budget for the trekking trip of 5 days & 4 nights

THE PRICE INCLUDES

. Guiding of a certified trekking guide from our Team;

. Half board accommodation as described in the program;

. Picnics, every day (except for day 1);

. Mandatory transports along the program.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

. Cancellation / interruption of stay / luggage loss and accident insurance;

. Pic-nic on day 1;

. Drinks and personal expenses;

. Additional nights outside the program;

. Out-of-program visits and transfers;

. Tips;

. All that is not indicated in the section "The price includes".

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