• Sport

Lake Ambin Trail

Head for a dramatic change of scene at the Italian border! Embark on an adventure in a glacial valley filled with hidden secrets. Surrounded by geological wonders, dive into raw nature in an "world's end" kind of atmosphere.

Sport Lake Ambin Trail Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 02h30
Total elevation gain : 700m
Vertical drop : 700m
Distance : 12.9km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

The Ambin stream faithfully bubbles along by your side all through the journey. The right bank smoothly leads you all the way to Ambin refuge. With every step, there's growing sense that you're venturing into the unknown. The marmots' whistles echo in your ears. Scree keeps falling down slopes, making you look up to see if there are chamois watching you scramble through the rocky terrain. The sound of water bubbling among the boulders mingles with the bleating of the sheep in summer. Have a break in this oasis of tranquillity before tackling the steeper section. The approach hike now turns into a genuing alpine hike. As you admire the countless peaks, you're filled with joyful serenity. One steep climb after another, you reach your destination, and here's your reward: An emerald-blue lake, perched at 2,680 m of altitude. What a sight! Feeling in an adventurous mood, you may decide to prolong the pleasure with a night at the Walter Blais bivouac.

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 01/07 to 01/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Parking nearby


RD 100 - Parking de la Maroqua Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.18624 - Longitude : 6.872831

By car: from Bramans, take the D100 towards Val d'Ambin and park in the Maroqua parking lot.

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