• Sport

Bellecombe trail to the Femma refuge

At the foot of the majestic glaciers, explore the alpine meadows and venture into the heart of the Vanoise National Park. Travelling from refuge to refuge, you spend the day exploring this iconic site.

Sport Bellecombe trail to the Femma refuge Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 03h20
Total elevation gain : 550m
Vertical drop : 550m
Distance : 22.1km
Signed walking trail
Animals not allowed

What a boon in the summer, to have a bus that drops you off at your start point! The route that goes via the Plan du Lac refuge from Bellecombe is a good warm-up. After an encounter with the fearless Lady Marmot, who keeps a vigilant eye
on you as you approach, and among these magnificent glaciers that have inspired countless seasoned mountaineers, the miles effortlessly go flying by. Pay close attention to these oversized scree slopes, they are home to chamois and ibex. And what's that little black spot in the sky? Could it be a bearded vulture, eyeing you from the heights of a thermal air current or one of its favourite nesting perches? This rare bird of prey is a local. Maybe he'll let you take a photo... By the time you get to the refuge, your thirst for adventure has been awakened. Next time, you'll definitely spend the night here... After an Epicurean break on the terrace, head back, taking your time to enjoy the trail. You'll encounter late-night walkers and sunset photographers along the way.

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


Free access.


Animals not allowed
Languages spoken : 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.

Period of practice

From 15/06 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Parking nearby


RD 126 - Parking de Bellecombe Termignon 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.32903 - Longitude : 6.82909

By bus: Line 2 - Parking de Bellecombe stop.
By car: from Termignon, RD126 to Bellecombe parking lot (chargeable in July and August).

Information update on 05/06/2024 by Parc National de la Vanoise