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The Thabor massif is at the crossroads between Savoie and Hautes-Alpes, between France and Italy.  The GR5, which you take up to the étroite valley pass, will take you to the Névache valley and the southern part of your Grande Traversée des Alpes.

Mont-Thabor, Rois mages

We are well in France and not in Galilee! At the foot of Gaspard, Melchior and Balthazar, stands Mount Thabor, which rises to a height of 3,178 m, with a chapel at the top.

At the crossroads of the Maurienne, the Etroite Valley and Névache, Mont-Thabor is nevertheless an isolated site in a “high mountain” valley softened by the presence of the Sainte-Marguerite lakes.

Vallée Etroite, French and Italian valley

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the peace treaty of February 10, 1947 confirmed the rectification of the Franco-Italian border. As further north, on the Mont-Cenis plateau, and further south, with the summit of Chaberton, the border was pushed from the Col de l’Echelle to the Chaîne des Rois Mages, including the upper part of the Etroite Valley.

Valle stretta for our Italian neighbours, this place is magical! Go from France to Italy without even realizing it!

  • Take the road that goes up from Modane to Valfréjus (6 km) then at the exit of the village, take the direction of Le Lavoir. Leave your vehicle on the car park at the foot of the fort of Le Lavoir.
    The road is passable but remains an unpaved forest road.


  • You can also take the bus to go from Modane to Valfréjus and then leave on foot on the road to Le Lavoir. The walk in the forest is very pleasant.
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