Parc National de la Vanoise

Hiking in the Vanoise, the oldest of the French parks

Created in 1963, the Vanoise National Park is the oldest of the French national parks and is located on the edge of the high valleys of the Maurienne and Tarentaise regions.

With around a hundred summits exceeding 3,000 m in altitude, the Vanoise National Park is definitely a must-see.

Nestled in the heart of Savoie, this authentic "green diamond in the rough" is also home to one of the most important animal populations in France.

The most beautiful landscapes of the Vanoise

The HexaTrek itinerary crosses the entire park using the GR®55 as its main route.

On the trail, you can admire the glaciers from the heart of the Vanoise.

The Grande Casse

The highest summit of the first French national park, the Vanoise, the Grande Casse is a paradise for hikers and mountaineers.

The Lac des Vaches 

A beautiful lake surrounded by the highest peaks of the Vanoise National Park. situated at an altitude of 2,318 metres, a pretty and historic flat stone path allows for an unforgettable crossing.

The Vallon de la Leisse

A wild valley in the heart of the Vanoise National Park, which from the foot of the pass of the same name leads the hiker to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the area.

Where to sleep in the Vanoise, Huts and Refuges

It is totally forbidden to camp in the heart of the Vanoise National Park. 

However, almost all the refuges crossed by the hexatrek offer hikers the possibility to pitch their tents in front of the refuge. 

For a fee of 5€ per night, you can spend a little more to enjoy the delicious food prepared by the hosts! 

The Col de la Vanoise refuge

In the heart of the Vanoise National Park, facing the Grande Casse, the Col de la Vanoise refuge is a historic refuge for hikers and mountaineers. It has been completely renovated in recent years.

The Refuge de la Leisse

Perched at 2487 m, its small lake, its mountain pastures and its wildlife make it the ideal place for a restful stopover.

The Peclet-Posette refuge

In the heart of the Vanoise National Park, the Peclet-Posette refuge is located in a restful site, close to the Lac Blanc. It is dominated by the imposing mass of the Peclet and Polset peaks and the Vanoise glaciers. The refuge is new, bright and comfortable.

The Valette refuge

Glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, chamois and sometimes ptarmigan are the things to see and do around this refuge.

Don't miss a visit to the Lac de la Valette, set between meadows and cliffs, and to the remains of the architecturally stunning "refuge des lacs".


Hexatrek - The French thru hiking trail

United States has the Pacific Crest Trail, New Zealand has the Te Araroa, it was time to give France a trail that would hike all the beauty and diversity of its landscapes! A team of true enthusiasts are launching the HexaTrek in 2022: 3,000 km of trails through the mountains!


Gas re-supply strategy on the hexatrek

Even if there are petrol or wood burning systems, the majority of hikers use gas stoves for their multi-day hikes. Estimating the amount of fuel needed for a long hike is not always easy and finding the right cartridge for your burner in France can sometimes be murderous!


Cerces Massif

Less well known than its closest neighbours, the Vanoise and the Ecrins, this massif is nevertheless one of the must-sees on the HexaTrek.
The Mont Thabor or the Lac des Cerces are simply sublime and offer an unforgettable experience of nature.


Mont-Blanc Massif

This region, even if it has never had a "Natural Park" label, is one of the most beautiful in France (according to the Savoyards). The Mont Blanc massif is a must-see, the Aiguille du Midi and the surrounding glaciers are a must-see.
Sixt-Fer-A-Cheval with its thousands of waterfalls is also on the route.


Ballon Vosges Regional Park

Also known as the High Vosges, this region is full of emblematic peaks such as the Honeck or the Grand Ballon. Lakes with crystal-clear waters, such as those of Lac Blanc or Schiessrothried, will guide you and villages with typical Alsatian colours, such as Riquewihr, will give you a warm welcome.


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HexaTrek Association represents a 3034 km trail, linking 14 of the most beautiful natural parks and crossing France from the German  to the Spanish border.

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