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Carroley circuit trail

A lovely route leaving from Belle Plagne and going to Lac du Carroley.

Sport Carroley circuit trail La Plagne


Departing from La Plagne (73210)
Average length : 02h40
Total elevation gain : 435m
Vertical drop : 435m
Distance : 8km
Signed walking trail

Start from the top car park in Belle Plagne and take the dirt road to the alpine chalets. At the chalets, take the path on the right going towards Col de l’Arpette.

At the top of the chairlift, go over the Col de l'Arpette and down the Col du Carroley on the dirt road, then take the path down to the right to the Lac du Carroley (2186m). Fishing in the lake is permitted (fishing permit obligatory). To come back, go back up the same path to the pass. Go right, staying on the side of the Arpette, then follow the path through the pastures back down to Belle Plagne.

Possible variant: on the way back, you can climb to the top of Mont Saint Jacques at 2407 metres (chapel and orientation table at the top). Add an extra hour for this variant.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 435m
Altitude max : 2342m
Vertical drop : 435m

Further informations

Stone, Ground

Start at the top of Belle Plagne.
1/ Take the dirt road that passes between Résidence des Balcons and Hotel des Balcons.
2/ Continue on the road to the alpine chalets.
3/ Stay on the road to the right.
4/ At the junction, continue to the left on the road that climbs to the top of the Arpette.
5/ At Col de l'Arpette (top of Arpette chairlift), continue on the dirt road that winds down.
6 / At the junction, take the footpath on the right that takes you round the lake.
7/ come back on the same route.
You arrive back at the top of Belle Plagne.


Free of charge.


Languages spoken : French

Period of practice

From 29/06 to 31/08/2024, daily.


Belle Plagne 73210 La Plagne
Departing from : La Plagne (73210)
Latitude : 45.509745 - Longitude : 6.706433

Free covered car park next the start of the path.

Information update on 27/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne