Panorama of the Refuge du Fond des Fours hike in Vanoise National Park, France
Panorama of the Refuge du Fond des Fours hike in Vanoise National Park, France

Refuge du Fond des Fours hike

Vanoise National Park
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Refuge du Fond des Fours hike

Distance: 4.7mi
Elevation: 2,067ft
Time: 3-4.5h

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A hike to the Refuge du Fond des Fours is a perfect family hike in Vanoise National Park. Close to Val d’Isere, this is a fun day out. Hike through pastures close to a cute stream as you gently climb to the Refuge du Fond des Fours.

Refuge du Fond des Fours hike Map

Getting there

From the center of Val d’Isère, at the roundabout close to the tourist office leave the major road (D902) and take the exit towards Parc des Sports du Manchet or Vallée du Manchet. Pass the sporting facility and park your car close to the Manchet Express Ski Lift. The hike begins at the base of the lift.

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When to do

June - Fall

Backcountry Campsites

Yes

Toilets

Yes, at the refuge

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Refuge du Fond des Fours
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Route Description for Refuge du Fond des Fours

This hike starts along the road beside the Manchet Express ski lift. Throughout the hike to the Refuge du Fond des Fours there is signage, so ensure you follow the signs indicating Fond des Fours.

From where you parked your car, continue walking along the road. After crossing the Ruisseau de la Calabourdane take a left and continue on the track until the EDF Site (Electricity supplier).

At the EDF Site stay to the right, which climbs up regularly until a footbridge crossing a stream called Ruisseau des Fours. Cross this stream and continue along the path as it heads south. Soon another path joins from your left. After a small climb you will arrive at the Refuge du Fond des Fours.

This classic French refuge is nestled in a stunning location. Known for the hospitality of the owners, this is a wonderful place to stop for a snack or spend a night. With a wonderful patio, a sunny day can be enjoyed surrounded by stunning scenery.

To return to your car, you’ll unfortunately have to leave the stunning scenery surrounding Refuge du Fond des Fours and hike back along the same route you came in on.

Insider Hints

  • Go in the morning and stop at the Refuge du Fond des Fours for lunch, or order a picnic to take and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.

  • Bring some binoculars; chamois, marmots, and bearded vultures are common in the area.

  • The Refuge du Fond des Fours is a good base for a weekend exploring the nearby area, and they can share a lot of hiking options from the refuge. It is also on a variant of the famous GR5 hike, and you could create a trek as long or as short as you like that passes along this route.

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Abraham W. 2 years ago

A moderate hike with a lot of magnificent views. It's a must do hike for everyone. Totally loved it.

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Arnie Q. 2 years ago

Great for leisure walks and sight seeing. Beautiful terrains.

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Lorde P. 2 years ago

Mesmerizing view of the surroundings. Great place for a family picnic.

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Aiza S. 2 years ago

Exceptional hike! There's also a relaxing stream as you gently climb to the Refuge du Fond des Fours.

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Vincent V. 2 years ago

Moderate hike with lovely streams and beautiful vistas.

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Ariel R. 3 years ago

We enjoyed our picnic at the Refuge du Fond des Four. Such a nice place.

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Lambert MD. 3 years ago

Pleasant experience. Recommended for everyone even for beginners. The views are just fantastic and relaxing.

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Marcel A 3 years ago

Quite a pleasant hike. I tried not to rush with it, as it was a bit steep. But taking my time helped. I enjoyed it and had more energy for a hike next day.

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Karina M. 4 years ago

Perfect for everyone. Beautiful scenery all around.

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