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Hiking trails

All the wonders of nature await you in Val Cenis. This administrative area stretching between the Vanoise National Park and the Italian border is so vast that you will not have time to explore all the hiking trails in just one holiday. With its beautiful natural landscape of larch forests, crystal-clear lakes, mountain peaks and glaciers, home to some remarkable fauna and flora, Val Cenis is an alpine exception that beckons you to explore.

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.

You can get closer to the summits and reach the high-altitude hiking trails via certain ski lifts that open in the summer.

A trail map is on sale at Val Cenis Tourist Office. Download the booklet of walks and hikes in Haute Maurienne Vanoise