Glacier path

Champagny en Vanoise

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A la découverte des Glaciers
Parking du Laisonnay d'en bas
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise
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The waymarked Glacier trail, created by the Vanoise Park, lets you discover some of the highest Vanoise glaciers and helps you understand the origin of glaciers, the way they built up, etc. Starting from Le Laisonnay, walk up to the Glière dried lake (former glacier lake), then to the Grand Plan chalet: behold the view over the glaciers and the Grande Casse. Perfect for a family outing!
Duration : 4hrs
Distance : 15 km
Positive drop : 810 m
Type : outward and return

The itinerary, in the heart of the Vanoise National Park, is marked out with 8 numbered milestones which give you a lots of information about the mountain glaciers.

Arrival at the Glière refuge where you can eat (possibility to stay for the night - reservation is required). You continue to the Plan du Sel mountain pasture where Beaufort cheese is made (purchase on site) and where herds of Abondance and Tarines cows graze.

Glière refuge : +33 6 77 08 96 85
1/ | Point n°1 | From the Laisonnay car park (1560m), take the tarmac road for 300m; after the bridge, first turn left onto the track which then goes to the right, towards the Glière refuge (1996m). | Point n°2, n°3 et n°4 | From time to time, a trail allow you to shortcut. 2/ From the refuge, retrace your steps to get back on the track that climbs to the chapel and the lake. | Point n°5 | On the left, a fairly steep path rises up to join the track higher up; | Point n°6 | you quickly reach the Plagne mountain pasture; you pass below the Plan du Sel chalet where the mountain Beaufort cheese is made, the "Prince of Gruyères" with a registered designation of origin. 3/ The itinerary continues on a path | Point n° 7| that crosses under the chalet of Grand Plan; it rises slowly up the Combe du Grand Plan (East) to go straight under the Col de la Croix des Frêtes | Point n°8 |
Niveau difficulté
Level bue - Medium
For beginners / novice
Free access.
From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable weather.
OK for families with children
Elevation gain
810 m
810 m
Type of itinerary
♿ Tourism and Disability
Not accessible in a wheelchair

Glacier path

Parking du Laisonnay d'en bas
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise

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