Vanoise Hikes

Hiking in France’s Vanoise National Park is wonderful. Located in the Alps, the Vanoise is known for some of the best hiking trails in Europe. Known locally as Parc National de la Vanoise, it is in the south west of France, sharing a border with Italy and the Gran Paradiso National park. The hiking in the Vanoise is incredible, with views of jagged peaks, glaciers and even an historic Salt Road. Come and enjoy the richness of the wildlife and enjoy all the welcoming refuges in Vanoise National Park.

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THE TOP 10 HIKING TRAILS IN THE PARC NATIONALE DE LA VANOISE

Hiking in France’s Vanoise National park is spectacular. Located in the Savoie region, there are 107 summits greater than 3,000m. Our top hikes take you through all the great landscapes the Vanoise has to offer, including lush green meadows, mountain peaks, mineral deposits and glaciers. A hiking-holiday in the Vanoise allows you to combine some of the most dramatic mountains in Europe with well-known mountain towns like Tignes and Val d’Isere. There are also charming villages such as Bonneval-sur-Arc and Lanslevillard. Below we share our 10 favorite hikes to do in the Vanoise.

#1. Col d’Aussois & Pointe de l’Observatoire (16.4km, 947m, 6-8h): The hike to the Col d’Aussois is a wonderfully long hike taking you through green fields and ending in a very rocky, mineral landscape. Climb to the top of the Pointe de l’Observatoire for even better views. You will find yourself hiking through the world of the ibex, with some of the best panoramic views in the Alps.

#2. Glacier du Grand Méan (12.7km, 1,057m, 5-7h): The hike to the Glacier du Grand Méan is a beautiful hike. This is another classic hike in Vanoise National Park. This hike will take you through a variety of landscapes and give you the opportunity to admire the unique little piece of Greenland in Vanoise.

#3. Refuge du Mont Thabor (11.1 km, 944 m, 4-6h): The hike to Refuge du Mont Thabor is a great day hike which is a perfect day out. You will enjoy the view on the lake above the refuge and the stunning reflection of the Cheval Blanc Mountain. A classic Vanoise hike.

#4. Le Lac Blanc de Termignon (3.4km, 297m, 1-2h): Le Lac Blanc de Termignon is a wonderful family hike in the alpine pastures of Vanoise National Park. Do not be fooled by the lack of distance, this short hike offers a beautiful panoramic view on the Dent Parrachée.

#5. Aiguille Percée (7.9km, 701m, 3.5-5h): The Aiguille Percée hike takes you to one of the best geological curiosities in Vanoise National Park – the eye of the needle. The hike begins in Tignes, and although it is quite a climb, the final view and mineral site is impressive.

#6. Col de la Lose (12.2km, 966m, 5-6.5h): The Col de la Lose hike takes you to the border between the French and Italian alps. Hiking along a steep path, you find yourself in a lost paradise (that we think should be named “The Ibex Kingdom”), here you will find views of a waterfall and a glacier. We love this hike!

#7. Refuge du Fond des Fours (7.6km, 630m, 3-5h): The Refuge du Fond des Fours is an easier hike, which is perfect for a family outing in Vanoise National Park. Hike through pastures close to a cute stream as you gently climb to the Refuge du Fond des Fours

#8. Refuge du Mont Pourri (9.5km, 968m, 4-6h): The Refuge du Mont Pourri hike will take you among bearded vultures, glaciers, waterfalls, marmots, and a lake. You will hike around a large circuit with stunning views, showcasing all that Vanoise has to offer, from all sides.

#9. Lac des Vaches et Col de la Vanoise (13.5km, 821m, 5-7h): The hike to Lac des Vaches et col de la Vanoise is a stunning hike with an impressive variety of landscapes. This hike takes you along part of Vanoise portion of the historic Salt Road and along the waterfront of the Grand Casse!

#10. Vallon du Prariond (6.1km, 493m, 2-3h): The hike to Vallon du Prariond may be the shortest hike on our list, but it is not any less impressive than the others. You will start the hike with an amazing view over the L’Isère River into the rocks of the Gorge of Malpasset. It will lead you to a little green paradise in only one hour of hiking! Over there, the view on the glacier is gorgeous and the Marmots are not shy.

01. Col d’Aussois & Pointe de l’Observatoire

01. Col d’Aussois & Pointe de l’Observatoire

  • Difficulty
  • 16.4km
  • 947m
  • 6-8h

02. Glacier du Grand Méan

02. Glacier du Grand Méan

  • Difficulty
  • 12.7km
  • 1,057m
  • 5-7h

03. Refuge du Mont Thabor

03. Refuge du Mont Thabor

  • Difficulty
  • 11.1km
  • 944m
  • 4-6h

04. Le Lac Blanc de Termignon

04. Le Lac Blanc de Termignon

  • Difficulty
  • 3.4km
  • 297m
  • 1-2h

05. Aiguille Percée

05. Aiguille Percée

  • Difficulty
  • 7.9km
  • 701m
  • 3.5-5h

06. Col de la Lose

06. Col de la Lose

  • Difficulty
  • 12.2km
  • 966m
  • 5-6.5h

07. Refuge du Fond des Fours

07. Refuge du Fond des Fours

  • Difficulty
  • 7.6km
  • 630m
  • 3-5h

08. Refuge du Mont Pourri

08. Refuge du Mont Pourri

  • Difficulty
  • 9.5km
  • 968m
  • 4-6h

09. Lac des Vaches and Col de la Vanoise

09. Lac des Vaches and Col de la Vanoise

  • Difficulty
  • 13.5km
  • 821m
  • 5-7h

10. Vallon du Prariond

10. Vallon du Prariond

  • Difficulty
  • 6.1km
  • 493m
  • 2-3h

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

– John Muir