It is second nature for mountain enthusiasts to climb every rock they come across, and the Monolith was conquered for the very first time in 1957, by Michel Paquier. Making this climb has become a must-do for climbers who enjoy a thrilling challenge.
It was also here, on this very special spot at the foot of the Vanoise mountains, that a ceremony was held on 26th June 1965 to mark the opening of the Vanoise National Park, the very first French national park created for the purpose of protecting the outstanding flora and fauna.
The four kilometres that separate Aussois village from the Monolith of Sardières (indeed, the monolith stands in Val Cenis Sollières-Sardières) can be covered in any season, on foot, by bike, mountain bike, scooter or fatbike, or on skis, as well as by car from May to November.
In winter, the road becomes a Nordic ski trail and leads to the village of Sardières where the cross-country skiing centre can be found with a picnic room.