Walking alone or as a group, with family or friends, gentle strolls or full-on hikes, half-day walks, long-distance routes or circuits from a single point, in a group with a guide or independently…

At Ethic Etapes CIS of Val Cenis in Vanoise, we offer accommodation and other services such as hiking information, guides and sometimes transport.

Starting from the CIS holiday village, you can get out walking every day with a local mountain guide or on your own.

Transport is sometimes necessary to get to the starting point of the walk or for walks in a loop. If you go with a walking group from our holiday village, our bus will drop you off at the start point and pick you up again at the end.


After the walk

Well-being space: luxury, calm and delight! Sit back in the hammam or jacuzzi, relax with massage or stretching or a cup of mint tea served free of charge by one of our hostesses…
This space can be reserved exclusively for your group in a given time slot.

Outdoor heated swimming pool from early June: a genuine delight to return to in the late afternoon at the end of a hike!

Evening entertainment: concocted by our host, who is always attentive to your needs, our evening entertainment will provide a joyful highlight during your stay…

Visits in Haute-Maurienne Vanoise: the Haute Vallée also invites you to discover its vast range of historical, natural and artistic heritage. From Bramans to Bonneval sur Arc, from Suse la Romaine to the Col de l’Iseran, from the Col du Mont-Cenis to the Plateau of Aussois… There are a host of different itineraries with chapels, forts, museums, traditional villages and stone bridges for you to discover.

Discover a selection of beautiful walks in the different Vanoise and Mont-Cenis mountain ranges.

Border mountain range

The best walks in the border mountain range

The lake and Col de Mont-Cenis

There are plenty of paths in the area around the Col de Mont-Cenis and its lake, offering walks in a variety of directions. You will be won over by the grandeur of the surrounding landscape, whether you follow the eastern edge along the Sentier des 2000 to Fort de Ronce, the northern edge beneath the slopes of Laro towards the valley of Savalin, or the western edge along the path from the dam to the St-Barthélémy chapel. With its mountain pastures, lake, col, summits, fortresses, mountain streams etc., this site is quintessential mountain beauty.


Circuit of the lake of Mont-Cenis (1974m)

The path follows the western bank from the dam via Fort de Variselle and Saint-Barthélémy Chapel, with a steady climb up to Fort de Variselle (return trip). The path leading to Savalin and St-Barthélémy Chapel presents no particular challenge, and there is a pleasant alternative that leads up to Fort de Pattacreuse, an undeniably magical site said to have inspired The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzatti.

Fort de Variselle is at a height of 2100m. From the dam (1980m), the track stays more or less on the 2000m contour line for a walk lasting 3.5 hours.


Col du Mont-Cenis, pas de la Beccia

One of the most pleasant walks around the Col du Mont Cenis, which skirts the Petite Turra before ascending the Combe de Cléry with views of the impressive Fort de la Turra along the way. After the steep climb up the Combe, you will be delighted to discover the panoramic view of the Col du Mount Cenis. Take a welcome break at Pas de la Beccia before descending alpine pastures to Savalin.

From the Col du Mont-Cenis (2081m), take the path along the shoulder of the canons then climb up Combe de Cléry to Pas de la Beccia (2717m), before descending Combe de Savalin and returning to the col: 5 hours of walking.


Glacial Cirque and Lac des Evettes

A fantastic hike in the Upper Vallée starting at the hamlet of L’Ecot. The ascent of the long winding paths offers panoramic views of the valley before discovering this beautiful cirque with a small lake in its centre, at the foot of the glacier overlooked by the Ouille du Midi (3042m) and the peaks of the Arpette to the west. The walk can be done in a loop by descending the Gorge de la Reculaz, a pleasant route with a rocky section with a cable. For a detailed description of the route, visit the following website (in French)

Start at L’Ecot (2000m) and walk to Refuge des Evettes (2616m); return to Bonneval (1800m)


National Park

The most beautiful walks in the National Park

Plume-Fine CIS Refuge (2170 m)

One of the finest routes in the National Park without going via Bellecombe car park. The path takes you toward the Gorges de Termignon, or you can stop for a while by the Lac Blanc or Bellecombe lake, which nestles in the rocks on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Doron and is a fantastic spot for a picnic. Continue along a path that takes you off the beaten track to Plan du Lac refuge, then follow the small path called the Sentier Balcon which will take you to just above Plume Fine refuge. This little-trod route is a pure delight with a traditional summer farm building to discover at the end!

Start at Le Coetêt (2059m) on the road to Bellecombe, walk up to the Lac Blanc (2246m), Bellecombe lake (2450m) and Plan du Lac refuge (2364m).


The lakes of Lanserlia (2750m):

Few walkers know about this itinerary off the beaten track, which is what gives it its unquestionable charm. Start by going up Vallon de Fontabert to the Grand Vallon below the Grand Roc Noir (3582m). From the Grand Vallon, with its herds of chamois, head west and climb the mountain pasture below the Col de Lanserlia. When you arrive at the Col and discover the landscape and lakes of the great Vanoise glaciers, you will fully appreciate the fantastic beauty of the walk!

Start at Plume-Fine refuge (2170m), ascend the Vallon de Fontabert (2350m), Col de Lanserlia (2879m), finish at Bellecombe (2300m): 5 hours of walking.


Vallonbrun refuge (1780m):

A classic walk in Haute Maurienne on the southern slopes of the National Park. This route starts in the pretty hamlet of Le Collet and cheerfully winds up above the Col de la Madeleine. The climb is a steady one offering an undeniable sense of satisfaction when you discover the picturesque site of Vallombrun refuge tucked away in a fold in the landscape. There is a magnificent view of the Arcelle glacier and mountain peaks facing you through the valley.

Col de la Madeleine (1752m), via Vallonbrun refuge (2272 m), return via Les Grattais: 4.5 hours of walking.



Sentier Balcon of Le Carro

Definitely one of the best routes to enjoy a few hours of fantastic mountain scenery in the Haute Vallée. This easy-going itinerary crosses mountain pastures alongside lakes on the southern slopes of the Vanoise with regular views of glaciers and the source of the Arc, the Mulinet and the Grand Méan. Enjoy the authentic mountain atmosphere as you walk along an easy path leading to the attractive sturdy Le Carro refuge.

From Bonneval sur Arc take the road to the Col de l’Iseran to Pont de l’Ouglietta (2476m); ascent to Plan des Eaux (2695m) then a long traverse to Le Carro refuge (2759m), return via the traditional hamlet of L’Ecot.



Mont-Cenis and Vanoise via the summits

For experienced walkers looking for a good route, the Vanoise and border mountains offer great high-altitude itineraries with a chance to go above 3000m in complete safety.

– The Ouille Allégra (3130m), offering stunning views over the Valleys of the Arc and the Avérole. Ascent with views of Le Charbonnel, with its 3750m in height, over the mountainside of La Buffa with views of Mont Blanc and Le Grand Paradis on the horizon

– Râteau d’Aussois (3130m), a climb of approximately 1000m up to the summit, local ibex summer retreat. Panoramic views of lakes and Aussois and the stunning sight of the summits of L’Oisans.

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