This guide covers a 10-12 day walking circuit of one of the finest of all mountain areas in France - the Vanoise Alps. Easily accessible by train or bus from Chambery and Grenoble, the Vanoise National Park neighbours that of the Gran Paradiso in Italy, with Mont Blanc to the north and Ecrins to the South. This book explores the very best of this scenically spectacular region of 3000m peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and flowering meadows, and provides plenty of opportunities to study marmots, chamois and ibex along the way. With numerous manned huts placed strategically throughout the National Park, lightly-laden trekkers can stay in simple comfort each night without having to resort to carrying tents, food or cooking equipment. The author describes the route, its alternatives and variations, gives details of the huts and other accommodation, and points out items of interest along the way. This circuit may appeal to those who love wild places, and for whom the Alps provide an antidote to everyday life at low level.
Table of Contents
Introduction The Vanoise National Park Getting There When to Go Accommodation Maps & Waymarks Preparations & Equipment Safety in the Mountains Using the Guide The Route Stage 1: Modane - Refuge de l'Orgere Stage 2: Refuge de l'Orgere - Col du Barbier - Refuge du Plan Sec Stage 3: Refuge du Plan Sec - Refuge de l'Arpont Stage 4: Refuge de l'Arpont - Refuge du Plan du Lac Stage 5: Refuge du Plan du Lac - Refuge du Vallonbrun Stage 6: Refuge du Vallonbrun - Bonneval-sur-Arc Stage 7: Bonneval-sur-Arc - Col de l'Iseran - Val d'Isere Stage 8: Val d'Isere - Col de la Leisse - Refuge de la Leisse Stage 9: Refuge de la Leisse - Col de la Vanoise - Pralognan Alternative Stage 9: Refuge de la Leisse - Refuge d'Entre Deux Eaux - Refuge de la Femma - Refuge d'Entre Deux Eaux Stage 10: Pralognan - Refuge de Peclet-Polset Stage 11: Refuge de Peclet-Polset - Col de Chaviere - Modane Route Summary Short Tours in the Vanoise Tour des Glaciers de la Vanoise Tour of the Eastern Vanoise Traverse of the Vanoise Appendices A: Useful Addresses B: Refuge Reservation C: Bibliography D: Metric Conversions E: Glossary
A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, and mountains in particular, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, guiding, photography and lecturing. Spending several months each year among various high mountain regions researching guidebooks, makes him The Man with the World's Best Job; a title he aims to keep by remaining active for another 100 years at least. Kev has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, producing walking and trekking guides to the Pyrenees, Alps and Himalaya, as well as walking guides for Kent, Sussex and the Cotswolds and he has several more books in the pipeline. A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines, he also writes and illustrates brochures for national tourist authorities and travel companies. When not away in the mountains, Kev lives with his wife in a small cottage among what he calls 'the Kentish Alps' with unrestricted walking country on the doorstep. But he also travels throughout Britain during the winter months to share his love of the places he writes about through a series of lectures. Check him out on www.kevreynolds.co.uk