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Remarkable wildlife

In Haute Maurienne Vanoise, you are in contact with a remarkable fauna and flora, you just have to keep your eyes open and you will not see the world in exactly the same way!

Wealth and diversity of wildlife

The richness of the wildlife of the Vanoise National Park is undeniable. From large ungulates to birds, from insects to amphibians.

Herbivores (deer, deer, chamois and ibex … they are all present in Vanoise), rodents (the mountain hare that changes livery during the seasons, groundhog established mostly in the vast alpine lawns, various voles including the snow vole, the ring-billed mouse), carnivores (fox, badger, marten, marten, ermine), bats (the pipistrelle common, the north ear) and insectivores such as the water shrew.

Among the 125 species of birds nesting in the Vanoise, we find: the golden eagle, the crossbill, the cassenoix, the tengmalm owl, the pied flycatcher, the long-eared owl, the rock thrush, the sparrow, the black grouse, the rock partridge, the rock ptarmigan, the black woodpecker, the woodpecker (seen only in France in Savoy and Haute Savoie) and the tichodrome.

A third of the flora of France in Vanoise

The latest synthesis on the flora of France “Flora Gallica”, published in 2014, lists about 5000 species of vascular plants (ferns and allied plants, conifers and flowering plants) in metropolitan France. The Vanoise Massif alone brings together 1700 species, or a third of the flora of France on less than 0.5% of the national territory!

This exceptional diversity is explained by the variety of environments present to connect to the important altitudinal gradient , the panel of exhibitions, the strong differences in the chemical compositions of rocks and soils.

A privileged meeting with nature…

The guards monitors, whose missions within the National Park are very varied, offer you the summer meetings to introduce you their job and help you to unlock the secrets of this environment that surrounds us.

Do not hesitate to get in touch with mountain guides labeled “Esprit Parc”. While making you evolve safely on the snowy routes, they will catch your attention, stir your curiosity and make you want to know more about the mountain environment.

This period is conducive, for example, to the observation of marmots out of their hibernation to enjoy the heat of the sun.

1st French National Park

Created in 1963 and located in Savoie, between the high valleys of Maurienne and Tarentaise, the National Park of Vanoise is the first national park in France.

To guide you

Guards monitors offer meetings to introduce you to their job and help you unlock the secrets of this environment.

After the effort, the comfort

The mountain huts welcome you to enjoy a well deserved rest. An authentic and natural way to immerse yourself in this enchanting setting.

Want to discover more about the Vanoise National Park?

Visit the exhibition (free access) at the House of the Vanoise of Val-Cenis Termignon
Go to the  official website :


Discover this summer

the animations

of the Vanoise National Park