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Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Vanoise national park

Destination Savoie, holidays in the mountains, the great outdoors, hiking… Enchantment and emotions, it’s the Vanoise National Park! Take advantage of this haven of peace, far from any pollution, enjoy the calm, the silence, the pure air. Discover this remarkable environment accompanied by a warden or a mountain leader, enrich your knowledge of the fauna and flora. Enhance your mountain holiday diary with photos of marmots, ibexes, lakes, snowy peaks and… blueberry tart eaten on the terrace of a mountain hut!

1er French national park

This preserved area, largely on the territory of Haute Maurienne Vanoise, was founded in 1963, thanks in particular to Gilbert André, then Mayor of Bonneval sur Arc. The core area, called the “heart”, is a protected area with regulations that promote the biodiversity of landscapes, environments, species and preserve the cultural and mountain heritage…

In a few steps, you are in the heart of the first national park in France. Together with the Italian Grand Paradiso National Park, they form one of the largest protected areas in the Western Alps. But, no matter what the big words are. The important thing is to open up a territory of rare experiences for you. A breathtaking landscape between peaks, lakes and deep valleys. An incredible flora of diversity and animals in their natural environment that you can approach, marmots, ibexes, chamois, bearded vultures…

Real mountain moments between mountaineering, hiking, fishing at altitude… and quite simply amazement… The park shelters about twenty glaciers, more than 100 peaks above 3000 meters, 600 km of paths, about forty refuges… and forms, with the Italian national park of the great paradise (14 km common border), the largest protected space in Europe.

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 instructors, whose missions in the National Parks are very varied, offer you meetings every summer to introduce you to their work and help you to discover the secrets of this environment that surrounds us…

Do not hesitate to contact the mountain guides labelled “Esprit Parc”. While making you evolve safely on snow-covered routes, they will attract your attention, arouse your curiosity and make you want to know more about the mountain environment.

This period is favourable, for example, to observe marmots coming out of hibernation to enjoy the heat of the sun.

Want to know more about Vanoise National Park?

Visit the exhibition (free entrance) at the Maison de la Vanoise of Val-Cenis Termignon
go to visit the official website :


activities proposed

All summer long, the Vanoise National Park’s guards and certified “Esprit Parc” mountain guides offer meetings around their job and their work environment.

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