• Sport

Alps Trail

In the cool of a shaded larch forest, look out over the Bessans plain from a charming terraced trail. Discover a rock engraving classified as an Historic Monument. This forest hike takes you on a real journey into the past.

Sport Alps Trail Bessans


Departing from Bessans (73480)
Average length : 01h45
Total elevation gain : 440m
Distance : 9.7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

If you enjoy starting your hikes off gently, the first part of this route is perfect for you. As soon as you step away from the road, you can hear the Arc River flowing, a subtle companion on the Chemin du Petit Bonheur. A few squirrels darting around bring a smile to your face. As you explore this exceptional adventure playground, keep an eye out for mountain bikers who may be sharing the trails with you. The picturesque mountain chalets invite you to take a refreshing break in the hamlet of Chantelouve le Haut. The birds are singing and you feel excitement building as you gain height. Will you be able to decipher the Pierre des Saints (Saints' Rock)? Passing torrent after torrent, you look down over the Bessans plain, your eyes drawn to the waterfalls on the south slope. What a great many waterfalls flow from the ridges and glacier of Vallonbrun! In autumn, Chemin des Alpes decks itself out in its finest gold. Take care as you climb the steps of Escalier de Solliet, carved into the stone, leading you back to the Ribon torrent.

To guide you in the field, consult the "step-by-step" directional diagram provided in pdf.


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages spoken : French
Languages of documentation : French
Not adapted to strollers

1/ How is trail running time calculated?
Trail times are calculated on the basis of reference paces for a regular runner who practices running on average 1 or 2 times a week.
600m/h ascent in altitude
900m/h ascent on descent
9km/h on the flat

2/ Using GPX tracks
As hazards may occur at any time on the routes, the GPX tracks provided are not contractual. They are given for information only. Riders use them at their own risk, depending on their level of technological proficiency and their understanding of the terrain.

Pets allowed on leash only.

Period of practice

From 01/07 to 01/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Parking nearby


RD 902 - Parking du Soliet 73480 Bessans
Departing from : Bessans (73480)
Latitude : 45.312132 - Longitude : 6.98932

To get there by car: park in the Soliet parking lot on the RD902 just downstream from the Ribon bridge.

Information update on 05/06/2024 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise