• Sport

Trail de Val Cenis Bramans aux forts

Set out to conquer the Esseillon forts. From one side of the Arc river to the
other you'll take a magical leap back in time. This shady walk takes you on
a journey to discover two hundred years of local history. Ever unperturbed,
the Redoute Marie-Thérèse awaits you!

Sport Trail de Val Cenis Bramans aux forts Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 01h40
Total elevation gain : 350m
Vertical drop : 350m
Distance : 10.7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Set off at a brisk pace on the Chemin du Petit Bonheur, a trail cherished by
locals, and take in the invigorating scents of spruce and fir trees. Under the
watchful eye of the green woodpecker, you'll only hear the sound of its beak
on the weathered tree trunks.
Standing proud on its unconquerable promontory, the giant of the valley offers
you a journey into the military history of Haute Maurienne Vanoise, that takes
just a few minutes. A true emblem of the valley, Redoute Marie-Thérèse has
become the iconic representative of the five Esseillon forts. Awe-inspiring?
To say the least! Their construction began in 1817 to protect the kingdom
of Piedmont-Sardinia from possible French attacks. Massive, monumental,
they form a row at the narrowest point of the valley.
And what about Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge) as sensational as its height
above the gorges is breathtaking? But fear not, even the most faint-hearted
have managed to cross it, so you can do it too!


Free access.


Animals allowed
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
  • Parking nearby


5 rue de Loutraz Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.223914 - Longitude : 6.775841

By bus: line S53 - Les Glières stop.
By car: park in the Val Cenis Bramans town hall parking lot.

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