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Hiking trails

Its high location at the far end of the valley makes Bonneval sur Arc a real picture postcard. This unspoilt wilderness is the cradle of the Vanoise National Park which shares a 14-km border with its Italian neighbour, the Gran Paradiso National Park, ensuring total protection for the extremely rich fauna and flora. In this mountaineering mecca of Haute Maurienne you can effortlessy approach the glacier where the River Arc takes its source, and stop for a moment to contemplate the majestic peaks that surround you. You absolutely must visit Ecot, the last hamlet in the valley. A starting point for hiking itineraries and canyoning descents, above all it is a place that blends harmoniously into the decor, where the stone of the ancient chalets has many a story to tell about these mountains.

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 Bonneval sur Arc Tourist Office. Download the booklet of walks and hikes in Haute Maurienne Vanoise