Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass

Champagny en Vanoise

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Vers le refuge de la Glière
Parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas Champagny le Haut
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise
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Enter the Vanoise national Park and let yourself be carried away by the beauty of exceptional landscapes. Admire glaciers and high peaks such as the Grande Casse, the Grande Motte or the Épéna.
Departure : Champagny Le Haut, parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas
Arrival : idem
Duration: 6 hours
Caution: dogs are not allowed, even on a lead.

Itinerary to the refuge: blue level (moderate - from 5 years old).
Altitude: 2010 m. Walking time: about 1h30. Elevation gain: 450 m. Possibility of overnight stay + breakfast: drinks, meals, pancakes...
Tel : 06 77 08 96 85 / 04 79 09 85 53.

Itinerary to the Grassaz pass: red level (difficult).
Altitude: 2640 m.
0/ From the Laisonnay d'en bas (Alt. 1560m) to the Refuge de la Glière
From the Laisonnay car park (Info Point open in summer), walk along the tarmac road for 300 m; after the bridge, first turn left onto the track which then goes to the right, towards the Glière refuge.
This is a wide track, which allows the alpacists to drive their vehicles with the permission of the Park; it quickly enters the Park and rises in this magnificent valley of the Glière. From time to time, a path allows you to cut the track (signs). You reach the Glière refuge.

1/ From the Glière refuge (Alt. 1996m) to the Chalet des Gardes
From the refuge, retrace your steps to get back on the track that climbs to the chapel (dating from 1692) and to the Glière lake (alt. 2050 m). This lake is in fact a vast alluvial plain in which the waters that came down from the glaciers at the foot of the Grande Casse meander. From there, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Vanoise Park opens up. Grande Casse, Grande Motte, Epéna are some of the prestigious summits that make up this exceptional setting that will accompany you throughout the hike.
On the left, a fairly steep path rises up and joins the track above; 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" which has a registered designation of origin.
2/ From the Chalet des Gardes (Alt. 2289m) to the Col de la Grassaz
Continue on the wide track; opposite the "Chalet des Gardes", take a path towards the "Col de la Grassaz" (sign); the route rises on the left of the track, crossing meadows to reach the Col de la Grassaz (Alt. 2637m) in 1 hour.

Return: by the same route.
Niveau difficulté
Level red – hard
Free access.
From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
Minimum age
8 yrs
Elevation gain
1197 m
1197 m
Type of itinerary
♿ Tourism and Disability
Not accessible in a wheelchair

Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass

Parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas Champagny le Haut
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise

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