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.
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!
DAY 0 - SATURDAY
NIGHT IN HOTEL IN BOURG SAINT MAURICE
Check-in possible from 2:00 pm at the Base Camp Lodge.
Meeting with your Trekking Guide at 5:30 pm for the week briefing and backpack check.
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
Bus transport towards Tignes Val Claret at 7:30 am.
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!
Du 23/07/2022 au 28/07/2022
Confirmed from 4 person/s
Du 27/08/2022 au 01/09/2022
Confirmed from 4 person/s
* Price per person (without insurance)
The price includes
Night before the trip and last night after the trek
We have chosen to include in the price the night before the trek beginning and the night after the end of the trek, in order to allow you to better organize your transports and to avoid to rush, as well as making your trip easier without having to worry about additional nights.
You will be given specific information about the hotel and how to reach it at the time of booking.
The price does not include
Your expenses on site
If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack should not exceed 1.5 kg.
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:
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:
Do not for?get :
Pharmacy & others:
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:
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.
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
Night before the trip
We have chosen to include in the price the night before the trek beginning, in order to allow you to better organize your transports and to avoid to rush, as well as making your trip easier without having to worry about additional nights.
Arrival and meeting
On Sunday, the meeting will be directly at the Base Camp Lodge at 5.30 p.m., for a briefing with your Guide and the rest of the group.
The Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Bourg Saint Maurice train station.
First night at Base Camp Lodge * * * * in Dormitory room.
All the following nights: in mountain hut, room or dormitory depending on availability.