Take full advantage of the surrounding mountains and discover the walks around the village and the summer footpaths.
Are you looking for a quiet stroll, ideal for a picnic? Head for the Ouillette lake! You are rather fond of heritage and love French gastronomy? Head to Le Fornet for an authentic escapade to the stone houses with lauze roofs. Once in the village of Le Fornet, you can make a gourmet stop at the Bistrot Gourmand de l’Atelier d’Edmond 2* Michelin.
Good mountain practice :
- I respect environment, I through my wast in a trash bag, I don’t frighten animals around me.
- Gardians dog : important notice to walkers and hikers in the course of your wlak, you may enconter the local guardian-dogs. These are large white whose task is to guard the flocks. Be on your best countryside behaviour. Keep your distance !
- Make a wide detour around the area where the animals are gazing or resting
- Beware of acting in ways that may seems harmless to you
- Behave calming and passively
- Keep your dog on a lead
- If you are cycling it is preferable to dismount
Family Discovery Hikes
If you prefer culture and heritage, discover with your family the circuit of the 7 chapels. From there, budding historians can take part in the treasure hunt.
Treasure hunt 6-10 years old
The Manchet valley is one of the places not to be missed in Val d’Isère. The path, wide enough for prams, is ideal for family walks. Parents enjoy the restaurant “Au bout du Monde,” while children play in a unique mountain setting thanks to the many activities in the sports parc.
Finally, try the walk from Le Fornet to the Pont St Charles: facing the Galise, this comfortable and exotic hike allows you to see many waterfalls, and it is not uncommon to come across herds of chamois or ibex. The place is ideal for recharging your batteries!
The ferme de l’Arsellaz (Arsellaz farm), you come here during the day, but connoisseurs know it, you can also spend a lovely evening there. From the end of the Manchet valley, a 30-minute walk, at most, in the moonlight or in the front, leads us to the alpine chalet. Marie-Pierre and her family prepare us a brazierade (the pierrade of the Tarentaise mountain pastures) and a sublime, blueberry tart for dessert.
Take some altitude and spend a night in France’s highest hotel, at the refuge de Solaise. At an altitude of 2,551m, the spacious refuge offers a grandiose view of the mountain range. It is the perfect spot to admire the sunrises and sunsets. Guests can take advantage of the spa facilities: 25m long swimming pool, jacuzzis, and hammams. The refuge is accessible as well as the Ouillette lake by the road to the Iseran pass, the Arolle Millénium trail, and the Solaise cable car.
- Col de la lose (lose peak)
Beautiful hike up the Isère river, through the Prariond plateau, at the foot of the Galise pass and the glaciers of the Isère springs. If you are lucky, you may also have the chance to meet the lord of the place: the Alpine ibex.
The newly renovated Prariond refuge on the plateau of the same name is worth a visit. Its large terrace offers a unique panoramic view, where you can taste organic and local products. Energy self-sufficient, the refuge offers rooms for 4 to 8 people.
- Col des Fours from Le Manchet
Magnificent site, marmots on the rendezvous, warm welcome, and good organic family cooking!
- Col de la Bailleta from Le Fornet
A sustained, uphill hike with a rare landscape at the finish. This 6.30 hour itinerary allows you to visit the Bailleta nature reserve.
For a splendid view of the village from the heights of La Daille, the more seasoned will opt for the via Ferrata “Plates of La Daille” and the via ferrata “Roc de Tovière.” These vias require a certain level of knowledge, with an overhang in the first third of the ascent, which requires “arms.”
A breathtaking view of the station
Whether you wish to extend your experience beyond glacier trekking or try to achieve the ascent of your dreams, the guide will be your accomplice to accompany you in your progress and your desires.
A few ideas for day trips:
- The Pointe de la Traversière
- The col d’Entrêve
- La Grande Motte
- The Mont Pourri
The Balcon Trail is the unmissable walk in Val d’Isère. Starting from the Tourist Office square, go up to the footpath on the mountainside. A good difference in altitude rewarded by a breathtaking view of the village, Solaise, and Bellevarde.
Discover the beauty of the Vanoise National Parks’ raw landscapes and its little Italian brother, the Grand Paradis, thanks to the new Trek Nature Grand Paradis Vanoise. 2 routes adapted to all levels, crossing passes and glaciers amid a unique fauna and flora. The more sporty among us will choose the glacier route, while families and groups will be able to cross the trails by the classic route. It is possible to spend the night in mountain huts or in one of the 5 villages along the route.