Tour of the Vanoise

Hut-to-hut hiking at its best and most authentic


Trip Details

Location France
Length 8 days
Grades Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Mountain Hut
Group size 5-12
Dates Jul 6, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019,
Aug 3, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019,
Sep 8, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
Land Cost $2,995.00
Single Supp Cost $200.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Our Tour of the Vanoise trip is hut-to-hut hiking at its best and most authentic. Beginning in Pralognan-la-Vanoise, this 8-day trip takes us on a circular route through the heart of the Vanoise National Park, a wonderfully remote and expansive area encompassing 82 kilometers of pristine peaks and glaciers. Situated just south of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area, in the Rhône-Alpes region, this first of France’s national park, was established in 1963 to protect its dwindling ibex popular. Today it’s home to a thriving array of alpine wildlife and preserves the essence of French alpine culture.

A combination two Grande Randonees, the GR5 and GR55, our route stays high in the mountains, as we circle the Glacier de la Vanoise. Ancient trails, awe-inspiring vistas, timeless alpine landscapes, and welcoming mountain refuges make up the fabric of this sublime experience. Add to this the expert leadership of Mark Tennet, a recognized “Ambassador du Parc” who’s intimate knowledge of the area and the huts helps animate the rhythms and delights of mountain life, and you have the makings of a truly memorable journey on foot.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELERS

If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. Single rooms are limited and are only available at the hotel in Pralognan-la-Vanoise. Accommodations at the refuges are bunkroom style. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration.

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom to share, we considered this a “forced” single and do not apply single supplement fee.

INCLUDED

  • Group transfers to and from the Geneva Airport
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare,optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of a personal nature.

LUGGAGE

This hike is not vehicle supported. You will need to carry a pack with all the clothing and accessories you will need for the duration of hike (see our Sample Packing List.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight to 15 to 20 lbs., including lunch and water. Any extra luggage or belongings you may have can be left at the hotel in Pralognan-la-Vanoise.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Hotels: For our 8-day Tour of the Vanoise, we spend 2 nights in typically French, family-run, comfortable hotel in Pralognan la Vanoise. Rooms are double occupancy with private baths. Single rooms are limited. All are friendly, family-run hotels that reflect the local character. Mark Tennent, our guide for this trip, has a well established relationship with the hotel, which assures a warm welcome.

Mountain Huts or Refuges: We spend 5 nights in mountain refuges. The refuges in France can be wonderfully rustic farms which have been converted to accommodate hikers. They call also be more modern refuges, purpose built by the French Alpine Club, or CAF. They all tend to have co-ed bunkrooms, called dortoirs. The bunk rooms vary in size each night. Some refuges have bunkrooms that sleep 6 other refuges have only larger bunkrooms that sleep 10 – 15. You should expect to share a bunk room for these nights. Private rooms are not available at the refuges.

All the refuges along our Tour of the Vanoise route are hosted by guardians, and their hard-working team, who pride themselves in providing good wholesome meals in a convivial atmosphere. Staying in a refuge allows you to experience that special feeling of being in the up in the mountains as the sun sets and the stars appear. The atmosphere in the refuges is friendly and jovial, as hikers from many countries gather to spend the night. We believe that staying in the huts offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of hikers from other parts of the world, experience something new and wonderful, and take part in the simple tradition of the European style of hiking hut-to-hut.

Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or refuges and lunches are picnic style along the trail.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Geneva. However, there are frequent trains from Zurich or Paris, just be sure to allow for extra travel time. Included in the trip cost is a group transfer from the Geneva Airport on Day 1 and to the Geneva Airport on Day 8.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

Our Tour of the Vanoise trips are perfect for hikers who look forward to wonderful, challenging hikes and appreciate the simplicity of a truly authentic, alpine hut-to-hut experience conducted entirely on foot. The scenery is awe-inspiring, the hiking demanding but not overly strenuous, the accommodations varied, and the meals hearty. This is a fantastic route!

MEETING POINT

Geneva airport at 1:00 pm on the first day for a group transfer to our hotel in Pralognan.

ENDING POINT

Included is a group transfer from Pralognan-la-Vanoise to the Geneva Airport on last day. We depart the hotel in Pralognan at about 7:15 am and arrive the Geneva airport at about 10:00 am.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like register, would like to receive more information and/or request a list of past participants please contact us and specify which trip.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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