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Hiking trails

From Valfréjus, the footpaths and hiking trails take you through forests and across mountain pastures. A chance to breathe the pure air and discover mountain wildlife and vegetation on your way to Hautes Alpes and Italy. Mountain streams, lakes, refuges and wide open spaces invite you to revitalize and enjoy a sense of freedom and well-being.

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 Valfréjus Tourist Office. Download the booklet of walks and hikes in Haute Maurienne Vanoise