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Trekking into the Vanoise & Haute Maurienne

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Technical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Intermediate screen between 2 and 3 Mountains.
Mountain trekking for experienced people, you have experience and skills in the mountains.
Some passages are dizzying and it is sometimes necessary to put your hands to help the progression.
Weather forecast learning and cartography experience: the guide could give you the map to learn how to manage a route.

Physical lev. : 3 / 5

Physical lev. : 3 / 5

For sporty people, we will have some good walking days and make some beautiful summits, you are confirmed in the activity or welcome in Trail initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 900 - 1200 m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 5 days & 4 nights
  • Participants : From 4 to 10
  • From 25 to 29/07/22 - From 28/08/22 to 1/09/22
  • All inclusive in mountain hut

The paths will be mainly between 2500 and 3100 m of altitude, we will follow the Haute Maurienne Glaciers and the  Vanoise Alpine pastures at the feet of the Grande Casse (3855 m) and the Grande Motte. We will discover mountain pastoralism, the making process of the local cheese “Bleu de Termignon” and we will meet flocks of sheeps protected by the famous "patous", the sheppard dog that keeps the wolf  away.

From 720

Trekking into the Vanoise & Haute Maurienne

We leave for an altitude trek, we will be mostly between 2400 and 3100 m of altitude off-trail, walking into alpine pastures, rock querries and snowfields, but the classic path is not very far in case of bad weather.
The Vanoise and Haute Maurienne are great spaces that can be compared to some far away treks but with the advantage of being just close by, at the heart of Europe and the Alps!
If you are searching for a little physical challenge, with good quality trails and some easy off-trail which can last almost the whole day: stop browsing, this Trek is for you!

HIKING PROGRAM

You can arrive a day in advance and we recommend the Base Camp Lodge in Bourg Saint Maurice.

DAY 1 - SUNDAY
TIGNES - COL and LAC DE LA LEISSE – PLAN du LAC

Vertical drop: + 650 m and - 600 m but 20 Km
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately

Meeting at the Funicular car parking at 8.00 am in Bourg Saint Maurice. You will be able to park your car in a free car park for the week. Remember to prepare the first picnic, then the refuges will give it to us.

Transport by bus to Tignes Val Claret at 8.20am.

We leave Tignes to quickly enter the Vanoise National Park, it is the first National Park in France to save the Ibex, a hundred resisted in Vanoise and in the Gran Paradiso Park in Italy: thousands of Ibex now live here in the largest protected area in Europe.
We pass the Col de la Leisse and follow the Lakes at the feet of the South Face of the Grande Casse, 2000 m high. It’s a magical place, like the place we’ll be sleeping tonight.

DAY 2 - MONDAY
PLAN du LAC - LANSERLIA LAKE - EDELWEISS CHALET

Vertical drop: + 1150 m and - 1100 m
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours approximately

We are going for a day off the beaten track, it is 80% off the track if the conditions are good. Direction Col du Grand Vallon, a magnificent view awaits us at the top. If the conditions are not ensured we will deviate at the Col de Lanserlia following a balcony path that we can take from the Plan du Lac too.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY
CHALET EDELWEISS – TRALENTA – REFUGE DU CARROZ

Vertical drop: + 1000 m and - 900 m
Walking time: About 6 to 7 hours and about an hour by taxi

We descend into the valley after a comfortable evening at the Refuge: the path is quite fast and we quickly reach the valley to take a Taxi and reach Bonneval sur Arc.
We walk across the village and join L’Ecot. We go up the Reculaz Gorges thanks to the cabled paths that run along the gorges, we can take the time to enjoy the Evettes Lake and the Evettes Glacier before going up to the Evettes Refuge.

DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY
REFUGE DU CARROZ - COL DES FOURS - REFUGE DU FOND DES FOURS

Vertical drop: +800 m and - 800 m and 18 Km
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours of walking

We leave early in the morning to walk on a balcony path which allows us to see the highest peaks of Haute Maurienne and their glaciers, we can stroll with marmots on this splendid path before joining the snow bridge. We will then climb up to the Col des Fours (2976 m) to reach the Refuge des Fond des Fours.

DAY 5 - THURSDAY
REFUGE DU FOND DES FOURS - COL DE LA ROCHEURE - POINTE DE LA SANA (3436 MT) - VA D'ISERE - BUS - BOURG SAINT MAURICE 

Vertical drop: + 1000 m and - 1650 m
Walking time: 7 to 8 h

It’s the last day so we’re leaving for the Vanoise highest peak accessible by feet if conditions allow it, otherwise the Col de la Rocheure will already be a nice goal. Since the glacier has become very little, the Pointe de la Sana is now accessible by snowfields and stone quarries. At the top we will overlook the Balme de l'Ours Glaciers and we will see a large part of our tour.
The descent through the valley of Pisset, then Manchet, will take us to Val D’Isère, where we can have a coffee before going back down by bus to Bourg Saint Maurice.

You can organise your transport from Bourg Saint Maurice from 6 p.m.

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

Arrival

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Price *

Status

Du 18/07/2022 au 22/07/2022

au 22/07/2022

720

FULL

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

au 29/07/2022

720

Bookings in progress

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

au 05/08/2022

720

FULL

Du 28/08/2022 au 01/09/2022

au 01/09/2022

720

Bookings in progress

* Price per person (without insurance)

How to prepare your backpack for your hiking trip in France

Hiking backpack for 5 to 6 days

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  2.5/5

Intermediate screen between 2 and 3 Mountains.
Mountain trekking for experienced people, you have experience and skills in the mountains.
Some passages are dizzying and it is sometimes necessary to put your hands to help the progression.
Weather forecast learning and cartography experience: the guide could give you the map to learn how to manage a route.

Physical level 3/5

For sporty people, we will have some good walking days and make some beautiful summits, you are confirmed in the activity or welcome in Trail initiation! Effort corresponding to approximately 900 - 1200 m of elevation gain in trekking.
 

Useful Information to organise your mountain trip

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 - the hotel is 5 minutes walk from the Train 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 8.00am, you can park your car in a free parking for the duration of the trek.

ACCOMMODATION

Nights in Refuge in room or dormitory according to availability.

Overnight stay after the end of the trek possible in different hotels in Bourg Saint Maurice, here is our advice: Base Camp Lodge or Hôtel de l'Angival.

Your Budget for a 5 days & 4 nights hiking tour

THE PRICE INCLUDES

. Guiding of a UIMLA certified hiking guide from our Team;

. Half board accommodation as described in the program;

. Picnics, every day (except for day 1, think of taking your own picnic lunch with you);

. Mandatory transports along the program.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

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

. Picnic on day 1, think of taking your own picnic lunch with you for the first day;

. 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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