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Le Refuge du Laisonnay: Hicking

An exceptional location.

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The refuge is an ideal place to use as a departure point for many different kind of hiking tours.

There is something for everybody, from one hour afternoon walk with the family, up to very demanding hiking tours on the ice mountains. The Vanoise National Park is also a famous place to observe wild flora and fauna of the Alpes.

Some ideas for hiking tours and trails around the refuge :


In the direction of the col du Palet

- Refuge de la Glière ( 2010 m): A very easy walk with a beautiful view of the ice mountains and a good chance to observe marmots. Perfect for the whole family. Duration from Laisonnay: 1h45 one way

- A little bit further up you can find the lac de la Glière, a dry lake which offers an impressive view of the Grande-Casse's glacier. Duration from Laisonnay: 2h00 one way

- If you continue from le Refuge de la Glière in the direction of Tignes, you will end up in the Col du Palet (2562 m) and in the Refuge du Col du Palet. On your way you have an opportunity to visit the mountain pasture of Plan du sel which is one of the places that makes Beaufort-cheese. Duration from Laisonnay: 4h30 one way

- Another alternative after you have passed the Refuge de la Glière : The Col de la Grassaz (2667 m), that offers an exceptional view. From here you can also reach the col du Palet. Duration from Laisonnay: 4h00 one way


In the direction of the col de Plan Sery:

- Refuge de Plaisance (2165 m):: A bit steep beginning along the Py waterfall. Depending on the season, it is the perfect place to approach ibex, and sometimes chamois. Duration from Laisonnay: 1h45 one way.

- If you continue from the Refuge de Plaisance, you will reach the Col de Plan Sery (2609 m) which is the pass to the Peisey-Nancroix valley and the refuge d'Entre le Lac. Duration from Laisonnay: 3h30 to the pass and 4h30 to the refuge.

- Tour of Vallaisonnay in one day : Refuge de Plaisance, col de plan Séry towards col de la Grassaz and return by passing the Refuge de la Glière and back to Laisonnay. Warning: There is no marked trail between col de Plan Serry and col de la Grassaz. Duration from Laisonnay: 6 to 8h for good hikers.

- Tour of Vallaisonnay in two days: the great classic in the area allows you to stay within the marked hiking trails. You can choose to start your hiking tour either in the direction of Glière or Plaisance. The shortest alternative consists of staying overnight in Refuge du Col du Palet, but you can also stay in Refuge d'Entre-le-Lac if you want to extend your tour one more hour. Duration: plan for two days of walk, 5 to 8 hours a day depending on the direction and the steps.


Other directions

- Plan du pré: Short promenade through the forest. It is also a possible start to ascent Grand Bec. 1h00 from Laisonnay

- Refuge du Plan des gouilles: 1h45 from refuge du Bois

- Col de la Chiaupe (2492 m) : 3h30 from refuge du Bois.

- La tour du Merle (1973 m) : 1h50 from the barrage of Champagny-le-haut.

- Discover path of Champagny-le-haut : very easy promenade (suitable for rolling chairs) with lots of information about the characteristics of the valley.

- The via ferrata, the adventure circuit and the climbing rocs in Champagny and Champagny-le-Haut.

- And of course a wide range of high mountain routes, for those of you who have a specific training and equipment, and a perfect knowledge of high mountain conditions...


The trails described above are popular hikes, though there are many variations, and they should be well within the capabilities of any reasonably fit adult; children with a sense of adventure and a good head for heights should be able to do the walks with a little extra time. The hiking times given are for an average hiker carrying a light day pack and taking only brief breaks. For more information, maps or guided tours, contact the tourist office in Champagny-en-Vanoise or in Laisonnay d'en Bas. You can also contact the guards of the Vanoise National Park or the office of the mountain guides.