• Sport

Le Vallon d'Etache

Here's a sample of Haute Maurienne Vanoise in its raw natural state. This
secret valley will enchant you with its kaleidoscope of atmospheres. At
each different mountain zone you pass, a new journey begins...

Sport Le Vallon d'Etache Val-Cenis


Departing from Val-Cenis (73500)
Average length : 03h00
Total elevation gain : 350m
Vertical drop : 350m
Distance : 7.7km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Setting off in the early hours, when dew still lingers on the forest floor, you
soon feel the gentle caress of the morning sun's first rays.
As the trail gradually winds its way through the woods, the mild, soothing
sound of the Étache stream follows your steps. You spot wild strawberry and
raspberry bushes. If they're in season, you might even treat yourself to a taste.
What a luxury! But you're not about to forget that you're sharing the space
with alpine herds that are often fenced in. So, 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. Take a closer look at these Arollas,
also known as Swiss pines. Here's a trick to recognise them: Their long and
soft dark green needles are grouped into small clusters by groups of five.
Oh, look over there! The great beak of the Étache can already be seen in the
distance. After a rest at the Étache farm, you figure that, this time you've
really done it… you've finally uncovered the valley's secret.
A harmonious blend of farmland and nature opens up to you.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 350m
Altitude max : 2016m
Vertical drop : 350m


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

Blue route n°36

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


Le Planay -D100 Bramans 73500 Val-Cenis
Departing from : Val-Cenis (73500)
Latitude : 45.207155 - Longitude : 6.834846

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

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