• Sport

Ambin refuge trail

A protective and secret valley where you'll find peace and tranquillity.
Opt for this route if you want to avoid busy peaks and passes. Though it
looks remote and inaccessible, this welcoming refuge opens its doors to
you without difficulty. Ready for something new?

Sport Ambin refuge trail Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 01h05
Total elevation gain : 280m
Vertical drop : 280m
Distance : 6km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed
Average duration of an individual visit : 01h05

Like an explorer of unspoiled lands, you make your way tentatively between
Rocher d'Étache and Dents d'Ambin in the wilderness of this little-known
valley. Dotted here and there, random rocks stand as witness to the whims
of raw nature. The torrent is lord and master of the place. Pool after pool,
it honours you with its most beautiful palette of blues: azure, turquoise,
blue-gray... The sun plays hide-and-seek with the passing clouds and, who
knows, it might invent a new colour.
The marmots are clued-up and, when they emerge from their burrows, they
love to lounge around without a care in the world, not even stirring when
herds pass by. The chamois you may catch a glimpse of on the scree slopes
on the left bank also share this exhilarating freedom.
Before you get to your well-deserved snack stop, enjoy heart-stopping view
as you climb to the refuge surrounded by boundless space.

From the car park, take the gently sloping path which takes you to the Ambin refuge.
Return via the same path.


Free access.


Animals allowed
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


Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Parking nearby


Parking de la Maroqua - D100 Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.18624 - Longitude : 6.872831

I'm going by car: park in the Maroqua parking lot (passable road from Le Planay).

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