• Sport

Circuit des Mandes Trail

Travelling from stream to stream, explore a south-facing slope where alpine meadows merge with forests. Accessible almost all year round, this route is full of variety. In winter, the frozen streams attract your attention.

Sport Circuit des Mandes Trail Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 02h05
Total elevation gain : 600m
Vertical drop : 600m
Distance : 11km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

After a gradual ascent, venture through the Pierres Longues pastures, to the sound of whistling marmots. They live here in the sunny season. In spring and autumn, herds graze peacefully. In the height of summer, it's not uncommon to spot farmers haymaking. A quick detour to your left and a short break in the sheltered rock caves of Les Mandes make you picture the Belle and Sebastian film set. Cool off at the Ravine stream. In the Pramaria Forest, you might just receive a visit from a few deer. Hidden from view, they share their home with the mountain hare. Waterfalls and streams create the backdrop of choice for your journey to the Adroit meadows. Don't forget to take a break at St-Jean Baptiste chapel for a taste of culture before heading back to Val Cenis - Lanslebourg, along the peaceful Chemin du Petit Bonheur. Don't you feel like you've now gone through all the myriad moods of a mountain village?

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 15/05 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Public WC
  • Parking nearby
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles


89 rue du Mont-Cenis Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis 73480 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.285491 - Longitude : 6.882625

By bus: line S52 or S53 - Lanslebourg Tourist Office stop.
By car: park in the parking lot in front of the Gendarmerie.

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