• Sport

Girarde Trail

On a shaded north-facing slope, embark on a journey to meet the prehistoric
humans. From Chemin du Petit Bonheur to the Neolithic cave, this hike
lays out a wide array of unexpected treasures for you.

Sport Girarde Trail Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 01h20
Total elevation gain : 300m
Vertical drop : 300m
Distance : 8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

On the tranquil left bank of the Arc river, you proudly strike out on Chemin du Petit Bonheur. One of the top attractions of Haute Maurienne Vanoise, this trail makes for a pleasant excursion in all kinds of ways. Today, it takes you to the Muleney lakes where the Caribbean-blue waters are a source of eternal fascination for hikers.
And what's that cave you can see as you stop for a rest at the Balmes lookout point? A secret cave that once served as a sheepfold for our Neolithic ancestors. What was life like in those days? In the blink of an eye, you are transported thousands of years back to the "New Age" of the Stone Age, when livestock farming emerged in our mountains.
If you're lucky enough to explore this trail in spring, an extra treasure awaits you with each snowmelt. Enjoy the privilege of a visit to the Merderel waterfall, which dries up as soon as summer rears its head.

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 01/05 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Defibrillator
  • Parking nearby
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles


Place de la Vanoise Termignon 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.276726 - Longitude : 6.817258

By bus: Line S52 or S53 - Maison de la Vanoise stop.
By car: park in the parking lot next to the Maison de la Vanoise or at the foot of the ski slopes.

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