You’ve never heard of Haute Maurienne? This heavenly little corner of Savoie in the Northern Alps?
That’s it, this time we’re telling you everything! This region at the end of the valley has some extraordinary assets and those who know it keep coming back and talking about it!
In Haute Maurienne Vanoise, there are no big resorts, no overcrowding, just authentic villages. Mountain villages where farming is still very much alive and which turned to tourism as early as the mid 20th century, when French and foreign mountaineers were already climbing our highest peaks : Albaron, Charbonnel, Ciamarella, Grande Casse, Dent Parrachée, and the Vanoise glaciers.
The creation of the Vanoise National Park in 1963 brought a certain notoriety to the valley, offering protection for an unspoilt nature waiting to be explored.
The valley has two road “exits”: the Mont-Cenis pass which gives you access to Italy and the Iseran pass, the highest mountain road pass in Europe, which links us to Val d’Isère and the Tarentaise valley.
Please note that these passes are not accessible in winter! The Mont-Cenis pass is generally open from May to October and the Iseran pass from June to September. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, check openings before you travel, on Savoie-route.fr