Plan d'Amont lake and Fond d'Aussois refuge

Savoie Mont Blanc's choice

This family hike, in the heart of the preserved environment of the Vanoise National Park, runs alongside the Plan d'Amont dam lake lined with rhododendrons. The itinerary continues on the peaceful plateau of Fond d'Aussois, where the refuge welcomes you.

Plan d'Amont lake and Fond d'Aussois refuge Aussois


Departing from Aussois (73500)
Average length : 02h45
Total elevation gain : 420m
Vertical drop : 420m
Distance : 8.5km
Signed walking trail
Animals not allowed

This is the ideal "warm-up" walk at the beginning of a stay in the mountains. A varied and easy hike for all the family, discovery of the fauna, the forest with lakes, forests, torrents, mountain pastures, marmots, ibex, chamois.
The path goes along the lake with its turquoise waters where the Dent Parrachée, the second highest peak of the Vanoise (3697 m) is reflected. The rhododendrons and stone pines give off sweet smells, marmots, squirrels, bearded vultures and ibexes watch you.
The Fond d'Aussois is a plain where a peaceful stream flows, where the alpagistes who spent the summer at altitude built the Notre-Dame des Anges chapel, a witness to their faith.
The new refuge, upstream from the old one, which was also called "le chalet de la Marie", offers a warm welcome and organic and local food.
Note that you can make this walk from the top of the Grand Jeu chairlift which is open all summer (except Saturdays).
You can vary the return journey by going on the other side via the Fournache and Plan Sec refuges.

Total elevation gain : 420m
Altitude max : 2350m
Vertical drop : 420m


yellow signs PNV

Map references

TOP 25 IGN - 3534 OT - Les trois Vallées - Modane

Further informations


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    0/ : Free parking at the dams 7 km from Aussois. Road forbidden to coaches.
    1/: Continue on the dirt road overlooking the dam to the Séteria bridge.
    2/ : Leave the GR5 (refuge de la Fournache) and turn left towards the Fond d'Aussois and the refuge du Fond d'Aussois.
    3/: Notre-Dame des Anges chapel built in 1886 by Louis Couvert
    4/ : The Chalet de la Marie, former refuge until 2003
    5/ : New CAF refuge, built in 2004. For the more sporty, the path continues over the Aussois pass and the Pointe de l'Observatoire at 3015m.
    6/ : Return via Fournache. Access trail to the Grand Jeu chairlift open all summer except Saturdays, passing by the Plan Sec refuge.


    Free access.


    Open to children
    Animals not allowed
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 31/10.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


    Parking du barrage de Plan d'Amont (possible accès par le télésiège du Grand Jeu en été) 73500 Aussois
    Departing from : Aussois (73500)
    Latitude : 45.251835 - Longitude : 6.72669

    Departure from the dam car park 7km from Aussois.

    Information update on 10/06/2024 by Agence alpine des territoires