Vallon du Prariond hiking trail in Vanoise
Vallon du Prariond hiking trail in Vanoise

Vallon du Prariond hike

Vanoise National Park
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Vallon du Prariond hike

Distance: 3.8mi
Elevation: 1,617ft
Time: 2.5-3.5h

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Vallon du Prariond may be the one of the shortest hikes on our list, but it is not any less impressive than the others. You will start the hike with an amazing view over the river into the rocks of the Gorge of Malpasset. It will lead you to a little green paradise in only one hour of hiking! From here, the view on the glacier is gorgeous and the Marmots are not shy.

Vallon du Prariond hike Map

Getting there

Head to Val d’Isere and take the D902 East, passing the hamlet of Le Fornet. After Le Fornet the parking is 4.7mi along the D902, just before a bridge over the Isère River.

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When to do

June - Fall

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, close to refuge

Toilets

Yes, at the refuge

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Vallon du Prariond
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Route Description for Vallon du Prariond

This hike begins at the same place as the Col de la Lose, but cuts the distance and elevation in half while still maintaining the stunning views to make it a family friendly day out!

From the parking lot the hike to the Vallon du Prariond starts with a steep, but accessible trail above the Gorges du Malpasset. The L’Isère River is on your right as you go on the left-hand side of the gorge.

The gorge is impressive in its depth. The path is very good, however keep children close by and safe.

After 0.6mi you will discover the wonderful Vallon du Prariond, which is considered to be the secret kingdom of chamois, ibex and marmots! Keep your eyes peeled here.

Cross the two streams which separate you from the Refuge du Prariond. You can stop here on the way up, but we prefer to stop here on the way back, there is an a la carte menu available over lunchtime. On a sunny day a drink on one of the picnic tables is about as good as life can get!

Hike back the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • Take some time to enjoy the views and enjoy a bite to eat at the refuge.

Comments

martijnvd 2 years ago

I did this as the first part and last part of the longer hike to Col de la Lose. The light in the valley is much prettier in early morning or late afternoon. The refuge is definitely worth a visit on a clear day to enjoy the sun, the amazing view and something to eat or drink.

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TeddyBear 2 years ago

A lovely short hike and you will see the Gorge of Malpasset, recommended in sunny day

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Rolando Acciaio 2 years ago

A small and peaceful hike

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Felix Legrand 2 years ago

We enjoyed the peace in these beautiful surroundings and recommend the visit on a sunny day

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Greenworld88 2 years ago

Really nice views of the surroundings and mountain.

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Matilda86 2 years ago

This hike was fantastic and beautiful

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Lena H. 3 years ago

We enjoyed the short hike. It's gorgeous and worth visiting.

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Cindhy Klins 3 years ago

Beautiful trail with some steep grade. Hiking poles really helped me a lot.

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Larry I. 3 years ago

This trail is only worth it if you go all the way to the summit. The views from the valley were also great.

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Bridget Mcbride 3 years ago

Fabulous trail. Not very complicated, but not that boring also.

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