• Sport

Lake Savine

Savoie Mont Blanc's choice

From the green pasture of the Petit Mont Cenis where tarine cows graze, the trail progressively leads to the valley of Savine. Walk on the footsteps of Hannibal the warrior to the lake and the Col Clapier.

Sport Lake Savine Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 05h00
Total elevation gain : 530m
Vertical drop : 530m
Distance : 14km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

The magnificent Mont-Cenis plateau with its turquoise lake opens up to the south onto flower-filled mountain pastures where numerous herds graze.
Alpine farms offering delicious cheeses and blueberry jams, a warm welcome at the Petit Mont-Cenis refuge and its famous "Polenta/Saucisse" which delights the taste buds. One comes from afar to taste it!

Production area of Beaufort PDO. The bells of the Tarines and Abondance cows and the whistling of the marmots accompany the hiker from the Petit Mont-Cenis pass in the Savine valley down to the lake.
The Hannibal bivouac (named after the Carthaginian general who passed through here with his elephants more than 2000 years ago to attack Rome) at the Col Clapier on the Italian border, offers shelter in bad weather or for a night under the stars in the middle of nature.
Disconnection guaranteed, calm and serenity.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 530m
Altitude max : 2452m
Vertical drop : 530m


Departmental signposting (PR)

Map references

TOP 25 IGN - 3634 OT - Val Cenis 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°83

Further informations


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


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 15/06 to 15/10.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

    • Pets welcome
    • Parking nearby


    Col du petit Mont-Cenis Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
    Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
    Latitude : 45.218052 - Longitude : 6.885352

    Getting there by car: at the Col du Mont-Cenis, take the first road on the right towards the Petit Mont-Cenis refuge. Follow this narrow asphalt road to the Col du Petit Mont-Cenis.

    Information update on 23/04/2024 by Agence alpine des territoires