This elevated itinerary offers Alpine pastures, chalets and lovely panoramic views over the Charbonnel mountains. The chapels of Saint-Antoine and Le Collet can be visited in the summer season if you collect a key from St Roch chapel. The refuge proposes drinking water, meals and picnic tables.

Vallonbrun's Rifuge Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 04h00
Distance : 8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Total elevation gain : 600m
Altitude max : 2289m
Vertical drop : 600m


Departmental yellow markup

Difficult passages

A few stream crossings. Presence of snowfields at the start of the season.

Map references

Map and booklet "Walks and Hikes Haute Maurienne Vanoise" (sold for €4 at the Tourist Office)

Further informations

Rock, Stone, Ground

Behind the chapel, take the GR5 hiking trail which climbs across the mountain pastures. After passing the old chalets of "Le Mollard", the path heads west to the Vallonbrun refuge. From there, take the vehicle track down to the locality called "La Fesse en Bas", then leave the track to follow the path that winds off to the right. After crossing a forest road 3 times, follow it to reach the D902 road, then turn left onto a narrow tarmac road to reach the pass.


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages spoken : French
Languages of documentation : French
Not adapted to strollers

Period of practice

From 01/06 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome


Le Collet de la Madeleine Lanslevillard 73480 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.302574 - Longitude : 6.948285

Park at the collar of the Col de la Madeleine.

More informations

Information update on 28/07/2022 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise