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Hiking tours

Take the time to get back to basics and follow the trails that criss-cross our mountains through a fascinating natural environment of forests, plains and peaks. From a family walk around Lac de l’Ouillette to a day’s trek at high altitude accompanied by a mountain guide, take the path that feels most natural to you and follow your desires. Share a unique moment in harmony with nature and reconnect with the simple things in life. Here, not all roads lead to Rome, but to self-discovery and fulfillment. We share with you our favorite walks and hikes, as well as places not to be missed for a little break between strides!

Summit walks Admire the view from the top

A leisurely stroll on the shores of Lac de l'Ouillette

Looking for a quiet stroll, ideal for a picnic or a relaxing moment in a deckchair? Then head for Lac de l’Ouillette, perched at over 2,500m on the head of Solaise, where you’ll discover a magnificent setting! You can get there by car via the Col de l’Iseran or via the Solaise gondola. Allow around 45 minutes to walk around the lake.

Once you’ve stretched your legs, sit back on the sunny terrace of the Ouillette restaurant, where you can enjoy grilled meats while contemplating the unobstructed panorama of the surrounding peaks.

The summit walks are itineraries that start at the top of the mountain, so to get there you need to take the free lifts.

Descend to Le Manchet From Lac de l'Ouillette

This summer, get away from it all on the trail linking Lac de l’Ouillette to the Manchet valley, which takes around 1h40. Accessible via the Solaise gondola, this family-friendly route descends to Le Manchet via the Arsellaz farm for a gourmet break. On arrival, children can enjoy the sports park and all its activities. Set against the majestic backdrop of the valley, the “Au bout du monde” restaurant offers a sunny terrace. The return to the village from Le Manchet is either on foot (20 mins) or by bus.

Discover Le Rocher de Bellevarde

From the arrival point of the Olympique cable car, you can climb to the top of Rocher de Bellevarde for a breathtaking panoramic view. Allow around 30 minutes for the walk.

Walks in the village and the surrounding area

Discovering du Fornet

Gourmet stroll: are you a lover of heritage and French gastronomy? Head to Le Fornet for an authentic escapade of stone houses with lauze roofs. Once you’ve arrived in the village of Le Fornet, take a gourmet break at Maison Benoît Vidal’s Bistrot Gourmand.

La Cascade du Fornet walk: if you’ve got 30 minutes to spare, the Iseran stream flowing down from the pass reveals a magnificent waterfall that’s well worth the detour. If you don’t let the noise of the water distract you, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view and some great reading.

Le Fornet to Pont St Charles walk: From the pretty hamlet of Le Fornet, head towards the Col de l’Iseran, then on to Pont Saint Charles. This1hr 45min stroll takes you to a magnificent panorama overlooking the surrounding mountains. Don’t be surprised if you come across a few herds of animals along the way!

Balade du Fornet par les prés: leaving from the village center, this pretty walk along the Isère takes you to the charming hamlet of Laisinant before cutting through meadows in the company of cows and horses. Along the way, take in the surrounding views of our mountains before reaching the typical hamlet of Fornet. Allow around 1h30 for the walk.

The exploration of the Manchet Valley

The Manchet valley is one of Val d’Isère’s must-sees. This path is ideal for family outings. Parents can enjoy the “Au bout du Monde” restaurant, while children play in a unique mountain setting thanks to the many activities on offer at the sports park.

Gourmet stroll: the Arsellaz farm is a daytime destination, but connoisseurs know that it’s also a great place to spend an evening. Leaving from the end of the Manchet valley, a 30-minute walk at most, by moonlight or headlamp, take the road that leads to the alpine chalet. Marie-Pierre and her family prepare a braserade (the traditional Tarentaise pierrade) and a sublime blueberry tart for dessert.

The Domaine de la Daille and the surrounding area

Balade des Sources: on the left bank of the Isère, between Le Crêt and La Daille, numerous springs flow through meadows and larch forests. One of the village’s most relaxing places to read a book or stroll without having to climb the mountain.

Boucle de la Daille walk: starting from Le Crêt or La Daille, this pretty 3-kilometre family walk (approx. 50 minutes) runs alongside the Isère river before cutting through the fields at the foot of the impressive Picheru climb. It’s the ideal itinerary for reconnecting with nature as a family: a fun walk for children, who will enjoy crossing the little bridges over the forest-lined streams. Then, to let off steam for the whole tribe, head for the fitness trail on the banks of the Isère on the Plaine de la Daille.

Further information walking tours

Le replat des Danaïdes (approx. 1h20): this 5 km hike takes you from the top of the Solaise gondola, first following the combe du Laisinant and then branching off in the direction of the thousand-year-old Arolle. Before the forest, a magnificent grassy flat awaits you, with the valley at your feet.

The 7 chapels trail (approx. 3h20): discover the chapels in the heart of Val d’Isère. These buildings, some of which are over a hundred years old, will help you discover the history of farming societies. Wander through the old hamlets of the village on a tour punctuated by the history of the chapels, where mystery and silence emanate from these religious buildings. A treasure hunt is organized for our younger visitors. A series of questions will be asked at each of the 7 chapels, in connection with the story heard or read on site. To take part in the treasure hunt, pick up the riddles at the Tourist Office. If children answer all the questions correctly, they’ll win their share of the treasure.

The Nature Trek Grand Paradis Vanoise

Discover grandiose trekking routes through the Vanoise and Gran Paradiso national parks, straddling the border between France and Italy! With a mountain guide or on your own, this 116-km loop through the French-Italian mountains lasts an average of 5 to 6 days.

The program includes the crossing of sumptuous national parks, panoramic views from the summits and well-deserved breaks in refuges.

Organizing my stay in Val d'Isère

Val d’Isère is committed to retaining its authentic, pioneering spirit and giving you the true mountain experience.

☀️Summer season: June 29th to September 1st, 2024 ❄️ Winter season: November 30th, 2024 to May 4th, 2025
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