18 - Cross-country - Blue - Vallée d'Avérole

How amazing, to find yourself in such high mountains with such little effort, enjoying a beautiful view of the suspended Charbonnel glacier.

18 - Cross-country - Blue - Vallée d'Avérole Bessans


Departing from Bessans (73480)
Average length : 03h30
Total elevation gain : 480m
Vertical drop : 480m
Signed walking trail

The Avérole valley is home to a few of the Haute Maurienne's typical farming villages that are still intact (La Goulaz, Vincendières and Avérole). This itinerary presents no major difficulty as it climbs gently to the end of the valley. You can even extend your trip up to the Averole refuge which is open and guarded during the summer. Seasoned mountain bikers can make the extra climb in the saddle, while others may have to walk. The decor promises waterfalls, glaciers and high peaks.
Departs from: Place de la Mairie in Bessans

Total elevation gain : 480m
Altitude max : 2074m
Vertical drop : 480m


French Cycling Federation signposting

Difficult passages

The climb to the foot of the refuge is long but very easy. No technical difficulties on the classic route. The black level variant is very technical with trialling passages and calls to the void. It is intended for good pilots only. Once you have started, there is no way out. Be careful if you do not have the required level for this passage, you will be obliged to carry and/or push your bike for several hundred metres.

Map references

Haute Maurienne Vanoise mountain bike map sold in the Tourist Offices

Topoguides references

Haute Maurienne Vanoise mountain bike booklet sold in the Tourist Offices

Further informations

Stone, Ground, Grit

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    Free access.


    Languages spoken : French

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 15/10.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


    Place de la Mairie 73480 Bessans
    Departing from : Bessans (73480)
    Latitude : 45.320492 - Longitude : 6.993783

    The start of the course is located at the Place de la Mairie de Bessans, parking nearby.
    In the summer season, possibility of taking bus line S53 (Modane - Bonneval/Arc) and getting off at the "Mairie / La Poste" stop; bus equipped with a bicycle trailer every day except Saturday.

    Information update on 29/07/2022 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise