• Sport

Bellecôte - Cavard - Dou du Praz circuit trail

A lovely walk takes you to the peaceful clearing at Cavard - with a possible detour to our famous bobsleigh track - walking past what remains of La Plagne's mining past before it became a ski resort.

Sport Bellecôte - Cavard - Dou du Praz circuit trail La Plagne


Departing from La Plagne (73210)
Average length : 04h30
Total elevation gain : 575m
Vertical drop : 575m
Distance : 8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

At Plagne Bellecôte, go down to the level of the outdoor car park and cross the road (opposite the EDF transformer). Take the path to your left that follows the stream. This takes you to the clearing at Cavard (perfect for a picnic by the stream). Walk over the footbridge that takes you to the left bank of the stream. Walk up along the path towards Plagne 1800 (passes above the Bobsleigh track and Crête Côte village). At the car park at the bottom of Plagne 1800, cross the road and walk up past the resort leaving the buildings to your left until you come to Residence Edelweiss. From there, take the footpath that goes through the chalets to the biomass heating plant. At Plagne Centre, cross the road, the path starts again to the left of the petrol station. Walk up alongside the sand quarry towards Dou du Praz plateau. (You can take the fork towards Plagne Soleil). On the plateau you will find an orientation table, picnic tables and a wonderful view of Mont Blanc. Cross the plateau and join the footpath again to go down towards Plagne Bellecôte.

Recommendation: follow the path rather than taking any shortcuts, to prevent erosion.

Variant : When you come to the clearing at Cavard, you can continue down to the Pont de l’Arc and the top of the bobsleigh track. You can visit the bobsleigh track every day during the summer season and walk down through the track. The descent takes about 30 minutes and there are photos along the way.

Take the same route back.

Total elevation gain : 575m
Altitude max : 2166m
Vertical drop : 575m

Start from under the EDF transformer.
1/ Take the footpath on the other side of the road.
2/ Stay on the path to the left by the stream.
3/ You come to the clearing at Cavard.
4/ Cross the bridge
5/ Follow the trail going towards Plagne 1800.
6/ You come to Les Mines car park in Plagne 1800.
7/ Cross the road and walk up through the village of Plagne 1800.
8/ After Residence Edelweiss, take the track to the right
9/ Walk up to the biomass heating plant in Plagne Centre.
10/ Cross the road.
11/ Take the footpath next to the service station.
12/ Follow the path to the plateau at Dou du Praz.
13/ Take the path to the left.
14/ Join the footpath that goes down to Plagne Bellecôte
15/ You will arrive in Plagne Bellecôte above Colosses chairlift


Free of charge.


Animals allowed
Languages spoken : French

Dogs are permitted on all the trails on condition that they are kept on a lead and owners take a poop bag (available in the resort) when they go.

Period of practice

From 01/07 to 02/09/2023.

  • Pets welcome


Plagne Bellecôte 73210 La Plagne
Departing from : La Plagne (73210)
Latitude : 45.514971 - Longitude : 6.694348
Moving across the city : La Plagne (73210), Plagne-Bellecôte (73210)
Information update on 11/05/2023 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne