• Sport

Loop hike - Cirque de l'Arcelin - Les Barmettes

For the variant, it is it is possible to take the Genépi chairlift to save save you money and and reduce walking the descent (subject to opening conditions).

Sport Loop hike - Cirque de l'Arcelin - Les Barmettes Pralognan-la-Vanoise


Departing from Pralognan-la-Vanoise (73710)
Average length : 02h15
Total elevation gain : 340m
Vertical drop : 340m
Distance : 5km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

The cirque de l'Arcelin is a natural amphitheater offering breathtaking views of the towering vertical walls of Moriond, the Aiguilles de l'Arcelin and the Grand Marchet. A special place for families!

Total elevation gain : 340m
Altitude max : 2010m
Vertical drop : 340m


Yellow signs

Map references

Map of Pralognan-la-Vanoise footpaths available from the Tourist Office. IGN 3534OT map sold at the Tourist Office

Topoguides references

Topo Pralo Rando sold at the Tourist Office

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    From Place du Barioz (barrier in local dialect) follow rue de l'Erlet to the hamlet of Les Bieux (bouleau in local dialect)/ Follow the path towards Les Fontanettes (path no. 17). This path starts at the bachal and leads to an orientation table/Go up the Fontanettes hamlet and continue towards the Arcelin cirque, passing the Creuset bridge, then the Dard torrent footbridge and finally the Crépéna torrent footbridge (path no. 21)/Continue on the horizontal track to the Arcelin bridge, then descend to the left on the "toboggan" path (path no. 20), which joins the ascent route (paths no. 21 and 17).

    VARIATION: LES BARMETTES (2,010 m) (difficult) +1h30, +250 m ascent, +2.5 km round trip
    (in addition to the main itinerary)
    Follow the main itinerary to stage 3.
    Leave the paths leading up to Col du Grand Marchet and Col de la Vanoise via Les Arollets on your right and, after the bridge over the Crépéna torrent, turn right onto the Couloir de l'Eau path (path no. 23)/ Continue along this path until you reach the track leading to the Barmettes refuge (path no. 13)/On the way down, return to the village center via Les Fontanettes on the GR 55 (trails no. 13 and 17).


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : English
    Languages of documentation : French

    Drinking water, sanitary facilities, hors sac room and restaurant in the Fontanettes car park.

    Dogs are welcome as the trails are outside the Vanoise National Park.

    Period of practice

    From 15/05 to 31/10.

    • Pets welcome
    • Coach access
    • Motorhomes allowed
    • Restaurant
    • Parking nearby
    • Covered picnic area
    • Public WC
    • Picnic area


    Quartier du Barioz 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
    Departing from : Pralognan-la-Vanoise (73710)
    Latitude : 45.379909 - Longitude : 6.723724

    From the centre of Pralognan village, walk up Avenue de Chasseforêt. At the top of the street, an alleyway will lead you to the Barioz district, the starting point for the hike.

    More informations

    Information update on 19/07/2024 by Office de Tourisme de Pralognan-la-Vanoise