• Sport

Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass

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Enter the Vanoise national Park and let yourself be carried away by the beauty of exceptional landscapes. Admire glaciers and high peaks such as the Grande Casse, the Grande Motte or the Épéna.

Sport Glière refuge and the Grassaz pass Champagny-en-Vanoise


Departing from Champagny-en-Vanoise (73350)
Average length : 06h00
Total elevation gain : 1197m
Vertical drop : 1197m
Distance : 10.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals not allowed

Departure : Champagny Le Haut, parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas
Arrival : idem
Duration: 6 hours
Caution: dogs are not allowed, even on a lead.

Itinerary to the refuge: blue level (moderate - from 5 years old).
Altitude: 2010 m. Walking time: about 1h30. Elevation gain: 450 m. Possibility of overnight stay + breakfast: drinks, meals, pancakes...
Tel : 06 77 08 96 85 / 04 79 09 85 53.

Itinerary to the Grassaz pass: red level (difficult).
Altitude: 2640 m.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 1197m
Altitude max : 2640m
Vertical drop : 1197m

Topoguides references

Sheet n°13 from the guide book.

Further informations

Stone, Ground

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    0/ From the Laisonnay d'en bas (Alt. 1560m) to the Refuge de la Glière
    From the Laisonnay car park (Info Point open in summer), walk along the tarmac road for 300 m; after the bridge, first turn left onto the track which then goes to the right, towards the Glière refuge.
    This is a wide track, which allows the alpacists to drive their vehicles with the permission of the Park; it quickly enters the Park and rises in this magnificent valley of the Glière. From time to time, a path allows you to cut the track (signs). You reach the Glière refuge.

    1/ From the Glière refuge (Alt. 1996m) to the Chalet des Gardes
    From the refuge, retrace your steps to get back on the track that climbs to the chapel (dating from 1692) and to the Glière lake (alt. 2050 m). This lake is in fact a vast alluvial plain in which the waters that came down from the glaciers at the foot of the Grande Casse meander. From there, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Vanoise Park opens up. Grande Casse, Grande Motte, Epéna are some of the prestigious summits that make up this exceptional setting that will accompany you throughout the hike.
    On the left, a fairly steep path rises up and joins the track above; you quickly reach the Plagne mountain pasture; you pass below the Plan du Sel chalet where the mountain Beaufort cheese is made, the "Prince of Gruyères" which has a registered designation of origin.
    2/ From the Chalet des Gardes (Alt. 2289m) to the Col de la Grassaz
    Continue on the wide track; opposite the "Chalet des Gardes", take a path towards the "Col de la Grassaz" (sign); the route rises on the left of the track, crossing meadows to reach the Col de la Grassaz (Alt. 2637m) in 1 hour.

    Return: by the same route.


    Free access.


    Animals not allowed

    Period of practice

    From 01/05 to 01/11.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

    • Picnic area
    • Car park
    • Free car park


    Parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas Champagny le Haut 73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise
    Departing from : Champagny-en-Vanoise (73350)
    Latitude : 45.449835 - Longitude : 6.777597

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair

    More informations

    Information update on 18/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne