• Sport

Deep in the Etache valley

Taste the wilderness of Haute Maurienne Vanoise! Bursting with variety, this secret valley is a true enchantment. You'll cross a range of mountain zones and each step will take you into a new journey.

Sport Deep in the Etache valley Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 05h00
Total elevation gain : 820m
Vertical drop : 820m
Distance : 13.2km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Setting off in the early hours, when dew still lingers on the forest floor, you soon feel the gentle touch of the sun's first rays. On a trail that winds its way through the woods, your footsteps are accompanied by the melodic trickle of the Étache stream. You carefully shut the gates behind you as you make your way along, and suddenly, you're struck by the magic of the high-altitude Arolla pines. The Grand Bec d’Étache appears in the distance. At the farm, add to your picnic with the delicious cheeses you can buy directly from the producer all summer long. As soon as you've refueled, off you go again, eager to reach the waterfall. Don’t quit while you're ahead! The valley still has secrets to reveal.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 820m
Altitude max : 2470m
Vertical drop : 820m


Departmental signposting (PR)

Map references

Map and booklet "Haute Maurienne Vanoise. 103 walks and hikes - 38 trail trails. For all levels" (sold for €10 in Tourist Offices)

Topoguides references

Red route n°82

To guide you in the field, consult the "step-by-step" directional diagram provided in pdf.


Free access.


Animals allowed

Pets allowed on leash only.

Period of practice

From 15/05 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Parking nearby


RD100 - Le Planay Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.207049 - Longitude : 6.834782

I'm going by car: park in the Planay parking lot.

Information update on 19/04/2024 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise