• Sport

Trail du chemin des Gardes

Leave your day-to-day worries behind as you go in search of nature's little pleasures. Twelve chapels await you, a treat for all your senses. The subtle way these baroque buildings blend with the forest lends a poetic tone to this walk, full of unsuspected treasures.

Sport Trail du chemin des Gardes Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 01h10
Total elevation gain : 270m
Vertical drop : 270m
Distance : 7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

While some will enjoy basking on a sun deck, others may prefer a banquet atmosphere to enjoy a good old countryside picnic with the family. As always, the Chemin du Petit Bonheur gives you space to stop time and enjoy a moment of peace. Not to forget a rest at Saint-Étienne chapel, inciting you to serene contemplation. And then suddenly, you're in the forest, which gradually enfolds you in shade. The sweet fragrance of resin marks the beginning of a second stage. One after another, baroque churches and chapels appear, their understated exteriors contrasting with rich interior decorations. In the intimacy of the Drayes d'en Haut stream, the water murmurs playfully among the mosses. The ski slopes are never far away. Dotted around the resort's grassy slopes, herds of dairy cows have taken the place of skiers. As you watch them greedily graze, your own mouth waters at the thought of sampling the smooth, fruity Beaufort d'Été cheese.

To guide you in the field, consult the "step-by-step" directional diagram provided in pdf.


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.

Period of practice

From 15/05 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

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


Rue sous l'église Lanslevillard 73480 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.290328 - Longitude : 6.91273

By bus: Line S53 - Pont bus stop.
By car: park in the parking lots near the Val Cenis Lanslevillard Tourist Office.

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