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Hiking trails

At the gateway to the Vanoise National Park and at the foot of the Dent Parrachée, Aussois is a mecca for mountain hiking. People travel a long way to enjoy the privilege of walking along the paths above the Plan d’Amont and Plan d’Aval dams, or to spend a night in a refuge for a wonderful nature experience with their families. Whether you’re following the GR5 long-distance trail or trying your first hiking experience, you will become familiar with marmots, ibex and chamois in this protected habitat.

Our hiking tips:

  • Always let someone know your itinerary before you leave
  • Walk at your own pace without starting off too fast. Follow the marked paths to avoid getting lost. The average walker can cope with an elevation gain of about 300 metres an hour.
  • Remember to drink water that’s not too cold, regularly and in small sips, without waiting until you feel thirsty.
  • Avoid disturbing the flocks in the mountain pastures. The patou sheepdogs are there to protect them!
  • In the event of a storm, do not shelter under a tree and do not run downhill in rainy weather.
  • Take note of the European emergency phone number, 112

Please note that pets are not allowed in the Vanoise National Park. There are plenty of waymarked trails outside the Park where you can take your dog or cat for a walk.

You can get closer to the summits and reach the high-altitude hiking trails via certain ski lifts that open in the summer.

A trail map is on sale at Aussois Tourist Office. Download the booklet of walks and hikes in Haute Maurienne Vanoise