The Plan des Gouilles refuge by the Enclos du Seil

Champagny en Vanoise

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Le refuge du Plan des Gouilles par les Enclos du Seil
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Barrage de La Couaz Champagny le Haut
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise
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Informations COVID-19

If you want to sleep at the refuge, it is required to book in advance, to sign the individual commitment form to hand in to the guardian (you can find this form on this link: and bring your own sleeping bag or duvet, slippers, hydroalcoholic gel and a mask. Contact the Plan des Gouilles refuge : +33 6 08 98 19 02 / /
Let yourself be carried away in the beautiful forests on the northern slope in the dale of Champagny. This itinerary takes you over the Pontille Gorges up to the Plan des Gouilles refuge.
Starting point: Champagny Le Haut, dam in La Couaz
Arrival: idem
Duration: 3:45 hrs

Longer and more difficult alternative route (red level) than the trail 8b : the Plan des Gouilles refuge.

From the car park, cross the wooden bridge over the Doron. Take the path on the right which heads up into the forest (sign) and goes across over the Gorges de la Pontille. Keep walking straight on, the path crosses the stream and the Combe de Verdon heading up to the meadows and the chalets of the Enclos du Seil (alt. 1690 m).

From there, at the two crossroads, turn left heading up to the Méribel Chalet which can be reached in about 30 minutes (alt. 2004 m). The path to the left gets across the grassy slopes of the Méribel mountain (alpine pasture) to stop under a rocky ridge. The path gets steeper after a slightly aerial crossing, then it goes on the flank between spruce trees and boulders (magnificent open view).
BE CAREFUL in case of humidity or rain, because the trail runs on slippery rock slabs.

Further on, the path goes downhill and, in a few bends, enables you to get your footing in a large combe, which you can cross to reach a large scree. There, take the path heading on the right, in a few bends in a last steep slope enabling you to get to the Plan des Gouilles refuge in 30 minutes.

The refuge offers a hospitable terrace: it's the opportunity to have a drink, a bite, or even spend the night in this amazing site (tel : +33 6 08 98 19 02 /

Great panoramic viewpoint:
From the top, you can behold the whole valley of Champagny le Haut. On the other side, admire the Bellecôte Dôme and the Mont Blanc...

Take the uphill trail up to the crossroads; there, the path heads down steeply along the line of a ridge, it weaves to enter further down into the forest.
At the crossroads (alt.1775 m), turn left (sign) heading to La Couaz.
The path goes down into the forest, goes up to the right and heads back to the dam (starting point).
Free access.
From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
Minimum age
11 yrs
Animals accepted
Elevation gain
1152 m
Type of itinerary

The Plan des Gouilles refuge by the Enclos du Seil

Barrage de La Couaz Champagny le Haut
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise