Crossing the Platé Desert by Barmerousse

Explore the Platé Desert by climbing to the heights of the Fiz massif. This physical hike invites you to travel with a magnificent link in the heart of the largest Lapiaz in Europe between the refuges of Varan and Platé.

Crossing the Platé Desert by Barmerousse Passy


Departing from Passy (74190)
Average length : 06h20
Distance : 12.9km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

From the Via Ferrata de Curalla car park, follow the track then the path that leads to the Varan refuge. A technical path then climbs straight up in the direction of Barmerousse. Follow the red dots marked on the ground to cross the magnificent limestone desert to the Platé refuge. Head south to descend to Charbonnière. The path then becomes wider up to the Jardin des Cimes from where you can reach the starting point via the Balcons d'Assy.

Total elevation gain : 1510m
Altitude max : 2325m
Vertical drop : 1510m


Signs and markers between the start and the huts. Between the Varan and Platé huts: red dots (painted on the ground).

Map references

TOP 25 IGN 3530 ET

Further informations

Rock, Stone, Ground

    1 3


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 15/11.
    Depending on snow conditions.

    • Pets welcome
    • Car park
    • Free car park


    Parking de la Via Ferrata - Chemin de Curalla Plateau d'Assy 74190 Passy
    Departing from : Passy (74190)
    Latitude : 45.938437 - Longitude : 6.695408

    More informations

    Information update on 28/10/2021 by Office de Tourisme de Passy