• Sport

La Norma by The tuffs

Looking for a walk that'll take you from the town centre uphill to get a
bit of height? Here's a breath southern Europe at the gates of Modane!
A well-deserved reward awaits you when you get to your destination. A
break to cool off, a picnic, and even... a dip if you feel like!

Sport La Norma by The tuffs Modane


Departing from Modane (73500)
Average length : 02h30
Total elevation gain : 310m
Vertical drop : 310m
Distance : 10km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

How wonderful it is to be able to walk so peacefully through the streets of
Modane to the Chemin du Petit Bonheur trail, cherished by the locals!
No, you're not dreaming, you really are on one of the oldest trails in Haute
Maurienne Vanoise. This trail is a real celebrity: it's even been assigned its
own status.
You take a few enjoyable breaks, as intriguing oratories of the Notre-Dame
du Charmaix pilgrimage plunge you into the past. How old is the Church of
Modane, built with gray stones from La Praz? Surviving through the ages, it's
seen its fair share of action! The bell tower proudly withstood the bombing
of 1943. Can you find a sign of this on one of the stones on its north face?
After delving deep into history, wander through pine forests and heather at
your leisure, soaking in the scents of resin and forest humus as you follow
the tumultuous Saint-Antoine torrent that'll accompany you all the way to La
Norma. What a luxury to be able to enjoy a refreshing nap in the wellness
bubble of the Avenières water basin; a real "petit bonheur" (little pleasure)!

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 310m
Altitude max : 1363m
Vertical drop : 310m


Mixed signposting (PR and GR)

Map references

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

Topoguides references

Blue route n°26

Further informations

Rock, Stone, Ground

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


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages of documentation : French
Not adapted to strollers

Pets allowed on leash only.

Period of practice

From 15/05 to 15/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

  • Pets welcome
  • Defibrillator
  • Parking nearby
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles


Place Sommeiller 73500 Modane
Departing from : Modane (73500)
Latitude : 45.193343 - Longitude : 6.657501

By bus: Lines S52, S53 or 1 - Gare stop.
By car: park in the SNCF parking lot to the left of the Maison Cantonale.

Information update on 07/05/2024 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise