15 September 2004

Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise

September 2004


This trip was independently organised with help from the guidebook 'Tour of the Vanoise' by Kev Reynolds (publisher: Cicerone


The team: Colin Stump and Darrell Stocks


Thursday 2 September


Travel from UK, then overnight in:
Hotel Voyageurs, 16 place Sommeiller, Modane (00 33 4 79 05 01 39).
Modane not really recommended! Far better to drive to Refuge de l'Orgere and leave your car there.


Friday 3 September


Walk 3 hours to Refuge de l’Orgere (00 33 4 79 05 11 65)
5.5 kms with 877m ascent.
Steep ascent through woods to north of Modane. Pleasantly sited refuge, friendly with good food.


Ascent to Refuge de l'Orgere 1935m
Bouquetin, above l'Orgere
Refuge de l'Orgere with Tete Noire above
Valfrejus, from above l'Orgere
Refuge de l'Orgere with Aig. Doran beyond
Saturday 4 September


Walk 4.5 hours to Refuge de la Plan Sec (00 33 4 79 20 31 31).
11 kms with 1883m ascent and 181m descent via Col du Barbier.
Wonderful views to the south before heading north into the National Park. Neat little refuge.


Point de Bellacote 3139m, above Plan d' Aval
Looking back to Plan l' Amont
Refuge du Fond d' Aussois 2324m
Le Rateau d' Aussois 3131m from Ref. de la Dent Parrachee
View south from Refuge de Plan Sec
Refuge de Plan Sec 2358m

View north from Refuge de Plan Sec
Sunday 5 September


Walk 5.5 hours to Refuge de l’Arpont (00 33 4 79 20 51 51).
18 kms with 486m ascent and 338m descent.
Contouring walk with steep zigzag section through crags (easy though) before turning into the Doron gorge with glaciers on the left. Basic chalet, not very welcoming.


On the GR5 to Refuge de l' Arpont
Scree slopes viewed from la Loza 2376m
Dome de l' Arpont 3599m from Lac de l' Arpont 2688m
Monday 6 September


Walk 5 hours to Refuge du Col de la Vanoise (00 33 4 79 08 25 23).
Approx 17 kms via traverse of east flank of Pointe de la Rechasse.
High contouring path which eventually turns west to the highest mountains of the Vanoise region. Big views of Vallon de la Rocheure and Vallon de la Leisse, overlooked by Grande Motte and Grande Casse. Friendly refuge, almost deserted at the end of the season (normally very busy).


Leaving the Refuge de l' Arpont
View to La Grande Casse 3855m and La Grand Motte 3653m
On the GR5
Darrell, looking north from the GR5 
Mont Pelve 3263m and the Glaciers de la Vanoise

Darrell, beneath Pointe de la Rechasse 3212m 
Mont Pelve from Lacs des Lozieres 2479m
La Grand Motte 3653m above Vallon de la Leisse
Towards the Col de la Vanoise
View back to Pointes de Pierre Brune 3196m from the Col de la Vanoise
Pointe de la Grand Gliere 3392m from Lac Rond 2500m
Couloir des Italiens on La Grande Casse
View north from Col de la Vanoise
View north from Col de la Vanoise
La Grande Casse from Ref. du Col de la Vanoise
Tuesday 7 September


Walk 6.5 hours to Refuge de Peclet-Polset (00 33 4 79 08 72 13).
Descend ~ 1100m from refuge to Pralognan, then 12 kms from Pralognan to Peclet-Polset with 1056m ascent.


Early morning crossing Lac des Vaches 2318m
Petit Mont Blanc (centre) from Pralognan
Long day with hot ascent up to the hut. Pralognan is a pretty, somewhat touristy village, but pleasant nonetheless. Arrogant lady i/c of refuge but a modern clean unit. Chilli con carne is the food served every night, apparently!


View down Chaviere Valley to Pralognan
Pointe de Lechelle 3422m on approach to Ref. Peclet-Polset
The Vanoise Team - Sept 2004
Wednesday 8 September


Walk 5.5 hours from Peclet-Polset to Modane, then overnight in Hotel Voyageurs, 16 place Sommeiller (00 33 4 79 05 01 39).
Excellent walk over the Col de Chaviere (2796m) with long strightforward descent to Modane. Good sighting of herds of bouquetin.


Col de Chaviere 2796m
Mont Blanc (far distance, centre) from Col de Chaviere
On the Col de Chaviere 2796m
View south from the Col de Chaviere 2796m
Classic Vanoise! View south to the Ecrins
View back to Col de Chaviere
Descent to Modane
Thursday 9 September


Travel back to UK.

1 comment:

Funky Fresh Freddie said...

Lovely site. I wish I were you!