Curalla - Varan - Barmerousse - Platé loop

Discover the Désert de Platé by climbing on 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 Varan and Platé huts.

Curalla - Varan - Barmerousse - Platé loop Passy


Departing from Passy (74190)
Average length : 06h30
Total elevation gain : 1520m
Vertical drop : 1520m
Distance : 12.7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

From the Via Ferrata car park, follow the road to the Chalets de Curalla. A steeper path then leads to the refuge in a few dozen minutes. From Varan, a technical path goes straight up towards Barmerousse. Follow the red dots on the ground to cross the magnificent limestone desert until you reach the refuge of Platé. Head south to descend the wall formed by the Fiz cliffs to Charbonnière. The path then becomes wider until you reach the Jardin des Cimes from where you can return to the starting point via the Balcons d'Assy (signs for Le Coudray).

Total elevation gain : 1520m
Altitude max : 2220m
Vertical drop : 1520m


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

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    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 : 45.938403 - Longitude : 6.695843

    More informations

    Information update on 29/07/2022 by Office de Tourisme de Passy