• Sport

Ambin Refuge

A protective and secret valley where you'll find peace and tranquillity.
Opt for this route if you want to avoid busy peaks and passes. Though it
looks remote and inaccessible, this welcoming refuge opens its doors to
you without difficulty. Ready for something new?

Sport Ambin Refuge Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 02h00
Total elevation gain : 280m
Vertical drop : 280m
Distance : 6km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Like an explorer of unspoiled lands, you make your way tentatively between
Rocher d'Étache and Dents d'Ambin in the wilderness of this little-known
valley. Dotted here and there, random rocks stand as witness to the whims
of raw nature. The torrent is lord and master of the place. Pool after pool,
it honours you with its most beautiful palette of blues: azure, turquoise,
blue-gray... The sun plays hide-and-seek with the passing clouds and, who
knows, it might invent a new colour.
The marmots are clued-up and, when they emerge from their burrows, they
love to lounge around without a care in the world, not even stirring when
herds pass by. The chamois you may catch a glimpse of on the scree slopes
on the left bank also share this exhilarating freedom.
Before you get to your well-deserved snack stop, enjoy heart-stopping view
as you climb to the refuge surrounded by boundless space.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 280m
Altitude max : 2268m
Vertical drop : 280m


Departmental signposting (PR)

Map references

Map and booklet "Walks and Hikes Haute Maurienne Vanoise" (sold for € 10 at the Tourist Office)

Topoguides references

Blue route n°34

Further informations

Stone, Rock, Ground

From the car park, take the gently sloping path which takes you to the Ambin refuge.
Return via the same path.


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages of documentation : French
Not adapted to strollers

The duration of hiking trails is calculated using reference paces: 300 m/h ascent, 500 m/h descent and 4 km/h on the flat.

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


Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Parking nearby


Parking de la Maroqua - D100 Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.18624 - Longitude : 6.872831

I'm going by car: park in the Maroqua parking lot (passable road from Le Planay).

Information update on 28/06/2024 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise