Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass

Champagny en Vanoise

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Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass
Parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas 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 or flip-flops, hydroalcoholic gel and a mask. Contact the Glière refuge : +33 77 08 96 85 / /
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.
Starting point: Champagny Le Haut, carpark Le Laisonnay d'en bas
Arrival: idem
Duration: 6 hrs
Warning: dogs are not allowed, even on a leash.

From the Laisonnay car park (Information point open in the summer), take the tarred road on foot for 300 m; after the bridge, first take a left on the track which then goes to the right up to the Glière refuge.
This track is wide and allows mountaineers with Park authorisation to use their vehicles. It quickly enters the Park and rises up into the magnificent Glière Valley. Sometimes, a trail allows you to cut through the track (signs). You reach the Glière hut.

Don't miss the dried Glière Lake and the chapel!

From the refuge, go back to join the trail going up to the chapel (dating from 1692) and the Glière lake (alt. 2050 m). This lake is actually a vast alluvial plain in which the waters running down from the glaciers at the foot of the Grande Casse meander. From there, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Vanoise Park unfold before your eyes. Grande Casse, Grande Motte, Epéna are some of the prestigious summits that stand out in this exceptional scenery you can admire throughout the hike.

On the left, a rather steep path goes up, it joins the track higher up; you reach quickly the La Plagne alpine pasture; you walk below the Plan du Sel chalet where the alpine Beaufort is made, the "Prince des gruyères" which has the PDO label (Protected Designation of Origin). Keep going on the wide track; next to the "chalet des gardes" (alt. 2289 m), take a path heading up to the "Col de la Grassaz" (sign); the route heads up on the left of the track, crossing through meadows to reach the Grassaz pass in 1 hour.

Return: by the same route.

Trail up to the refuge: blue level (moderately difficult - from 5 years old).
Altitude: 2010 m. Walking time: about 1h30. Positive drop: 450 m. Overnight stay + breakfast: beverages, meals, pancakes...
Tel : +33 6 77 08 96 85 / +33 4 79 09 85 53.

Trail from the refuge up to Grassaz pass: red level (difficult).
Altitude : 2640 m.
Free access.
Data en openingstijden
From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
Minimum age
8 yrs
Elevation gain
1080 m
Type of itinerary

Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass

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