This Alpine Trekking is located between the Tarentaise and the Maurienne in the French Alps, we will start from Pralognan: the "Petit Chamonix" of the Vanoise.
It is a beautiful trek itinerary at the heart of this French National Park, an area preserved since 1960.
The paths that we will follow will sometimes be dizzying but the route and the view are beautiful. The comfort of the Vanoise shelters is excellent ...
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 ...
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.
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.
For those who would like to arrive the day before in Moutiers, here are some advises on Hotels
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!
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If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack should not exceed 1.5 kg.
Backpack for 5 to 6 days:
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 forget :
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
Meeting on the first day
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 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.