Hiking in Vanoise National Park promises some of the best trails in all of Europe, and these top 10 hikes in the Vanoise are the best of the best.
Known locally as the Parc Nationale de la Vanoise, it is located in the Savoie region of France, sharing a border with Italy and the Gran Paradiso National Park, Vanoise features more than 107 summits exceeding 3,000m. Boasting spectacular views of jagged peaks, stunning glaciers, lush meadows, and even a historic salt road, a visit here is surely one you won’t quickly forget. When you need a break, stay in one of the well-known mountain villages such as Tignes, Val d’Isere, Bonneval-sur-Arc or Lanslevillard. Check out our ten best hiking trails for the ultimate adventure in Vanoise National Park.
(16.4km, 947m, 6-8h)
Featuring some of the best panoramic views in the whole alps, the Col d’Aussois & Pointe de l’Observatoire hiking route is spectacular. You’ll wind through lush green fields, a rocky mineral landscape and venture deep into the world of the ibex – culminating with a breathtaking view at the top of the Pointe de l’Observatoire.
(7.9km, 701m, 3.5-5h)
Though the “eye of the needle” may not seem like an ideal location, here in Vanoise National Park it’s exactly where outdoor lovers want to be. You’ll begin the Aiguille Percée hike in Tignes and following some seriously quick elevation gain, end at one of the best geological curiosities in the area – the impressive mineral site.
(12.2km, 966m, 5-6.5h)
Though quite steep, Col de la Lose is one of our favorite hikes! Straddling the border of the French and Italian Alps, you’ll quick find yourself lost in paradise on this trail. Enjoy stunning views of a waterfall and glacier, and perhaps find out why we think the area should be named “the Ibex Kingdom”.
(9.5km, 968m, 4-6h)
Variety is the key to the Refuge du Mont Pourri hike! Walk among stunning glaciers, roaring waterfalls, a picturesque lake – in the company of wildlife like marmots and bearded vultures. This is a long circuit, but truly showcases all Vanoise has to offer!
(6.1km, 493m, 2-3h)
Though Vallon du Prariond hike may be the shortest on our list, it is certainly impressive. Begin with amazing views over the L’Isère River to the rocks of the Gorge of Malpasset, then venture to a small green paradise in just under an hour – with gorgeous glacier views and marmots scurrying throughout the landscape.