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Vanoise Glaciers Trekking Tour

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Difficult trekking, there are several vertiginous, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to help the progression, it is not a Via Ferrata but we are obliged to use them. You must master the activity, you are independent in the mountains in easy passages, the guide will help you in difficult passages.

Weather forecast learning and learning of walking progression techniques with a mountain rope.
Maximum 10 people per trekking guide.

Physical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Physical lev. : 2.5 / 5

Intermediate level, between 2 and 3 stars, we will make some nice summits!
Effort corresponding to approximately 800 - 1000 m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 5 days & 4 nights
  • Participants : min 4 max 8
  • From 1 to 5/08/22 - From 22 to 26/08/22 - From 5 to 9/09/22
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

This alpine hiking trip takes place between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne in the French Alps, we will start from Pralognan: the "Little Chamonix" of the Vanoise.
It is a beautiful hiking itinerary at the heart of this French National Park, an area preserved since 1960.
The paths that we will be following are sometimes dizzying but the route and the view are beautiful. The comfort of the Vanoise mountain hut is excellent ...

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Vanoise National Park: trekking around the Glaciers

The park has been a protected area since 1963. It is located in Savoie, in a high mountain range. The Vanoise National Park has 107 peaks over 3000 meters, with the highest point of the Grande Casse at 3855 meters above sea level.

The heart of the Park offers 400 km of marked trails, the fauna is very varied with: marmots, eagles, chamois and the bearded vulture which has just been reintroduced.

We will surely meet the Ibex which is the emblem of the Park: fifty years ago there were only about fifty left near the Gran Paradiso Park and in the heart of the massif.

The paths we will follow will sometimes be vertiginous, but often the path and the view are magnificent. The comfort of the Vanoise huts is excellent ...

Vanoise Glacier Trekking in Savoy

A beautiful and wild trekking around the glaciers and at the heart of the National Park: here nature has resumed its rights for a long time and men 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.

The Vanoise Glaciers are located between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne, we will start from Pralognan: the "Petit Chamonix" of the Vanoise.

The paths that we will follow will sometimes be vertiginous but often the path and the view are beautiful. The comfort of the Vanoise refuges is excellent ...

The Trek takes place on the track of the Competition of the Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise (Tgv). This Trail is now quite well known in the world of Trail Runners. We will make a circle around the Vanoise glaciers in 5 days: it is a great hiking trip. The runners of the Ultra Trail do it in less than a day.

Hiking with a Trekking Guide:

The Esprit Montagne team prepares your itinerary in order to make you discover the most beautiful paths and off-trails of the Vanoise. Along the itinerary your Guide can show you basic orientation skills and the use of the maps. He will manage the pace and the weather in order that the trekking trip will as beautiful as possible. Your Guide is a certified UIMLA and is passionate about the region: he will make you discover his region and unearth the most beautiful places so that you can go back home with some beautiful pictures.

TREKKING PROGRAM

For those who would like to arrive the day before in Moutiers, here are some advises on Hotels: Auberge de Savoie - Hôtel Le Welcome

DAY 1 - MONDAY
PRALOGNAN - COL DU GRAND MARCHET - REFUGE DE LA VALETTE

Meeting in front of Moutiers Train Station at 8 a.m.
Bus transport from Moutiers to Pralognan at 8:30 am.

Vertical Drop: + 1200 m and - 200 m
Walking time: About 6 h

We will be starting our trekking day just above Pralognan, to walk up a valley at the feet of the Pointe du Dard: the walk will be quick, the path climbs into the Cirque du Dard which is well known for being the site of one of the largest avalanches in Europe (in winter). We climb between the wall of the Grand Marchet and the Aiguille du Petit Arcellin. The route is equipped with a cable to facilitate the way. We will arrive at the Col du Grand Marchet, which is an ancient suspended glacial cirque. The view from up there is magnificent, with some great waterfalls next to us. This path is not very popular in the event of bad weather, in such a case we will reach the Vallette Refuge by an alternative and easier path. The Refuge stands on the shores of a Lake and near the top of the Roc de la Vallette, one of the largest cliffs in Pralognan: it is quite a magical place.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY
REFUGE DE LA VALLETTE - COL D'AUSSOIS - REFUGE DU FOND D'AUSSOIS

Vertical Drop: + 1000 and - 1300 m
Walking time: approximately 7 - 8 hours

We will be leaving early enough to walk in the fresh air and maybe see some animals on the way, that are sometimes numerous in this area of ??the Vanoise National Park. We will be walking on a balcony path at the feet of the Vanoise Glaciers, the path follows the contour line and descends a little before going up to the Col d'Aussois. If the weather is good, we will be able to reach a small summit at 3000m, otherwise we will reach our refuge more quickly. Here we will be in the Maurienne, the refuge is large enough and comfortable.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY
REFUGE DU FOND D'AUSSOIS - BALCONIES OF HAUTE MAURIENNE - REFUGE DE L'ARPONT

Vertical Drop: + 600m and - 600m
Walking time: About 6 to 7 hours of balcony paths or alternating ascent and descent.

We will start by a great Balcony path under the Dent Parachée (3697m)! The Haute Maurienne valley and its glaciers are facing us, we will be feeling a little air of the Southern Alps here: the terrain is drier and the landscapes different. We will meet the herds of sheep and the famous Patou dogs, which are used to protect the sheeps from wolves, indeed, they are impressive by their size. Your Guide will give you some instructions in order not to disturb them ... The arrival at the Arpont Hut will be well deserved, the refuge was completely renovated a few years ago, it is one of the largest and comfortable huts in the Vanoise National Park.

DAY 4 - THURSDAY
REFUGE DE L'ARPONT - LAKE CHASSEFORET - COL DE LA VANOISE

Vertical Drop: + 1000m and - 700m
Walking time: 6 to 8 hours of walking

Today we are right at the heart of the Vanoise National Park, a protected area since 1960. You will start from the refuge by a balcony path at first, your Guide will then lead you on a path under the Chasseforêt Glacier and its lake, in the event of bad weather we will take the balcony path to reach the Col de la Vanoise or its surroundings more quickly. The path is quite fast and it allows to discover many little corners or to quickly arrive at the Felix Faure Refuge, which was also renovated a few years ago. It is a fairly comfort Trek! The view of the Grande Casse is magnificent! We will surely see mountaineers preparing the ascent of the Grande Casse, the highest peak of the Vanoise National Park which culminates at 3855 meters.

DAY 5: FRIDAY
COL DE LA VANOISE - COL ROSSET - PRALOGNAN

Vertical Drop: + 400m and - 1000m
Walking time: 4 to 6 hours

We will be leaving for the last day of the Trek, at the feet of the glaciers and the walls of the Vanoise. We will take the path of the Park Rangers to reach the Col des Rossets and then, depending on the weather and the group’s shape, we will reach more or less quickly Pralognan La Vanoise.

We will take advantage of this pretty little village of the Vanoise Park, which has been nicknamed the "Petit Chamonix" of Vanoise.

Bus transport to Moutiers station at 4:00 p.m. Arrival in Moutiers at 5:00 p.m.

END OF TRIP, everyone takes his way, See you soon for new adventures!

Arrival

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Price *

Status

Du 22/08/2022 au 26/08/2022

au 26/08/2022

660

CLOSED

Du 05/09/2022 au 09/09/2022

au 09/09/2022

660

CLOSED

* Price per person (without insurance)

How to prepare your backpack for your Hiking Tour 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.

Physical level 2.5/5

Intermediate level, between 2 and 3 stars, we will make some nice summits!
Effort corresponding to approximately 800 - 1000 m of elevation gain in trekking.

Technical Level  3/5

Difficult trekking, there are several vertiginous, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to help the progression, it is not a Via Ferrata but we are obliged to use them. You must master the activity, you are independent in the mountains in easy passages, the guide will help you in difficult passages.
Weather forecast learning and learning of walking progression techniques with a mountain rope.
Maximum 10 people per trekking guide.

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 Moutiers Train Station;
  • By car from Albertville, access by expressway to Moutiers, which is 2 hours drive from Lyon.

Meeting on the first day

On the first day, the meeting will be directly in front of the Train Station in Moutiers at 8:00 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 where.

Last day - departure

You will be back at Moutiers train station around 5:00 p.m. Do not take any transport before 6.30 p.m.

THE PRICE INCLUDES

. Guiding of a certified mountain guide from our Team;

. Half board accommodation as described in the program (5 guided days and 4 nights);

. Picnics everyday, except for day 1;

. Mandatory transports along the program.

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

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

. 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".Drinks;

 

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