• Sport

La Route Balcon [The Balcony Route]

Enjoy magnificent panoramic views all along the route. The perfect walk for discovering the high-altitude resorts of La Plagne, accessible with an all-terrain stroller

Sport La Route Balcon [The Balcony Route] La Plagne


Departing from La Plagne (73210)
Average length : 03h20
Total elevation gain : 100m
Vertical drop : 100m
Distance : 7.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Starting point: Belle Plagne
Arrival point: Plagne Aime 2000
Highest point: 2,100 m
Total time: 3h20 round trip (on the same route)
Distance: 7.5 km
Elevation gain - up: 100 m
Descent: 100 m
Marked: Yes

In Belle Plagne, you start from the children's play area below the tennis courts.

Follow the path and then the dirt track going towards Dou du Praz plateau. The panoramic view of the Beaufortain range and Mont Blanc is superb. Follow the track as far as the Dou du Praz dairy where the famous Beaufort cheese is made (dairy open in summer for visits and sale of products). Continue along the route, passing the protected area of La Cembraie. At the end of the trail, you reach Lovatière reservoir which is used to make artificial snow. You then come to the main building of Plagne Aime 2000 (classified a 20th-century architectural heritage building).

Remarkable viewpoint
Looking across the valley, from left to right, you will see, among others, La Grande Parei, Pierra Menta, Les Aiguilles de la Nova, Mont Rosset and Mont Blanc. With your back to the valley, from right to left, marvel at Mont Jovet, the back of La Velière, Roc du Bécoin and Roc des Verdons. At Le Dou du Praz there is a 180° panoramic view, with orientation tables and picnic tables. Throughout the walk, you will discover beautiful mountain flowers and, hopefully, catch sight of marmots which can often be seen not far from the trail.

Return to Belle Plagne possible on the free inter-resort shuttle bus.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 100m
Altitude max : 2100m
Vertical drop : 100m

Start from the children's play area in the centre of Belle Plagne.
1/ After the ESF Piou-Piou chalet, take the footpath to the left at the junction
2/ Follow this path to the next junction and take the path that climbs up.
3/ At the junction, follow the path going towards Le Chalet des Dolines restaurant.
4/ Keep going straight on towards the Dou du Praz restaurant.
As you get close to the restaurant, go left towards the cheese dairy (where Beaufort cheese is made).
5/ Walk in front of the dairy and, at the junction, go right and walk along the path that passes under La Bergerie restaurant.
6/ Stay on this path and, after La Cembraie, take the flat path to the right.
7/ Continue on this path to the reservoir
8/ At the junction after the reservoir, go right towards Plagne Aime 2000.
9/ Join the main building at Plagne Aime 2000.
End of the trail (this route can be walked in either direction)


Free of charge.


Animals allowed
Languages spoken : French

Period of practice

From 01/07 to 02/09/2023.

  • Pets welcome


Plagne Aime 2000 73210 La Plagne
Departing from : La Plagne (73210)
Latitude : 45.50902 - Longitude : 6.66904
Information update on 17/04/2023 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne