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Hiking trails

The Bessans Plain is surrounded by the high peaks of the Vanoise National Park and the summits along the Italian border. Hikers have replaced the peddlers who used to take this route to cross to the neighbouring country via the Avérole valley. Go exploring the authentic hamlets, discovering the secret charm of the valleys and sharing the summer way of life of the farmers in the mountain pastures.

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.

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