The Glaciers de la Vanoise is located between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne, we will start from Pralognan "Petit Chamonix" de la Vanoise.
It is a superb itinerary in the heart of the National Park, an area preserved since 1960.
The paths that we will follow will sometimes be dizzying but often the path and the view are superb. The comfort of the Vanoise shelters is excellent ...
A superb Wild Trekking around Glaciers and in the Heart of the National Park, Nature has resumed its rights here for a long time and Man takes pleasure in living with Nature. A return to the Sources, which will do you good.
The flora is very varied like the landscapes, due to a great geological variety.
Ibexes, Chamois, Marmots, Eagles and Lammergeiers will share our path.
Elevation: + 1000 m and - 500 m
Walking time: About 5 to 7 hours
We start above Pralognan and join the Rosset pass, the path is fairly regular and the view of the Domes of Vanoise and the Grande Casse (3855m) is magnificent, the large walls of the Aiguille de la Vanoise, of the Grand Marchet are facing us, Pralognan "Petit Chamonix" values ??its reputation. At the Vanoise pass of a superb lake for lunch before quickly descending to the Croe Vie bridge and reaching the Refuge d'Entre Deux Eaux, we will discover the production of Bleu de Termignon and make cheese purchases for the coming week. Catherine's Alp.
Elevation: + 850 and - 600 m
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours of walking mainly off-trail
We leave the country of Marmots and mountain pastures to reach the Nival floor, we will spend the day on the moraines and scree near the superb lakes under the Vanoise glaciers. A superb day off-trail in good weather, in case of bad weather we will stay on the trail, lower but much faster to reach the refuge of Arpont. At the refuge we will put the bags and for the motivated we can go up to the splendid lakes of L'Arpont then we will enjoy the new Refuge de l'Arpont which is very beautiful and comfortable.
Elevation: + 600m and - 600m
Walking time: About 6 to 7 hours of balcony paths or alternating ascent and descent.
We leave by a superb balcony path under the Dent Parachée (3697m), the Haute Maurienne valley and its glaciers are in front of us, we feel a little of the Southern Alps here, the terrain and drier and the different landscapes, we meet the flocks of sheep and the famous Patou which are used to protect the sheep from the Wolves, indeed they are impressive by their size. Your guide will give you some instructions so as not to disturb them ... The arrival at the Fond des Fours refuge will be well deserved and we will surely share a good local beer.
Elevation: + 900m and - 1400m
Walking time: 6 to 8 hours of walking
We go up with the sunrise which is nice considering the altitude of the refuge, the view at the top of the point of the observatory is magnificent especially since we arrive quite early before the cumulus clouds reach the summits, the descent this fact after the meal and nap so that the snow returned on the descent of the pass, the Vanoise glaciers overhang us and we see again the valley of Pralognan. Here the valleys have been hollowed out by the glaciers of the last glaciations, the Ariande circus will be the last showcase to discover the day before arriving at the Refuge de la Pêche whose comfort is unusual in the mountains.
DAY 5: THURSDAY:
REFUGE DE LA PECHE - LAKE OF VALETTE - REFUGE OF VALETTE
Elevation: + 800 m and - 400m
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours
Small day, we take the balcony paths and enjoy the valleys, under the Domes of Arpont (3599m), Nants (3570m) and Sonnailles (3361m).
The Valletta refuge is a little corner of paradise, we will enjoy it.
Elevation: + 1000m and - 1500m
Walking time: 6 to 8 hours of walking
We end with the most technical and perhaps the best day, if the weather is not in the game we will descend by the Prioux and the day will be shortened.
We will pass on fairly vertiginous paths, cables and ladders are in place to facilitate the passage, at the end of the week we were able to progress well and we are preparing for the difficulty especially that we have already done the mountain . Your guide will take the time to help you and shorten the day in the middle of the day. The cirques of Petit and Grand Marchet are as magnificent as that of Dard, where one of the largest avalanches in the Alps sometimes descends certain winters.
We end the day in Pralognan, a pretty little village in Vanoise.
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* Price per person (without insurance)
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.
Count 2 liters of water and 1 kg of food for the day.
Count an extra kilo for 10-day treks.
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)…
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).
On the first day, the meeting will be directly in front of the Train Station in Moutiers at 8:30 in the morning. From there a bus trasport will take the whole group to Pralognan, the trekking departure point.
You can park you car in a free parking not too far away from the Train Station: click here to see.
You will be back at Moutiers train station around 5:00 p.m. Do not take any transport before 6.30 p.m.