Petit Mont-Blanc and the Merlets Lakes
Summer mountain pasture cheese dairy
Local produce on sale at the Fromagerie du Plan, in Pralognan village centre.
Les Prioux hamlet
At the edge of Vanoise National Park, Chavière Valley unveils its natural wonders along a refreshingly varied path: the Savoyard discovery tour around Les Prioux.
Life in this hamlet, perched at an altitude of 1,700m, is still very much in step with nature and the winter and summer seasons, and residents have had to adapt accordingly. As they are cut off from the world through the long winter months, they have so much to share with you about life in the past: the mountain pastures, making Beaufort cheese, the growth of tourism and mountain crafts and trades...
This refreshingly varied path unveils the wonders of Chavière Valley to you, with its awe-inspiring peaks and more relaxing hamlets.
The route is accessible to everyone, including families with pushchairs, the elderly and wheelchair users with helpers.
• Round trip takes: 40 minutes
• Elevation gain: 10 metres
• Distance: 1km 100
People with reduced mobility can reach Les Prioux via an adapted shuttle bus.
Open from 15 May to 30 September, except if snow closes the road to Les Prioux.
On-site you’ll find a cheese dairy, restaurants and accommodation options, to make a proper holiday out of your trip!
The Ecological Land Reserve of Petit Mont-Blanc
Col du Mône
The etymology of Courchevel
Alpage des Avals: the secret of an earthworm
The Alpage des Avals: Beaufort cheese
Alternative round trip towards Col des Saulces
Nearby is the cellar and the chalet de la Grande Val, still used nowadays to make the beaufort "chalet d'alpage"; with a tool renovated in the years 2010
Dents de la Portetta, Petit Mont-Blanc and the Aiguille du Fruit
The Lacs Merlets: “Chaloin” type refuge
Lac du Pêtre: wetland
Chamois and ibex
The Col Rouge, a “lunar” mountain pass
The Alpage de Ritort
The common rock thrush
Lo tsa pentu
Drink in moderation or not at all!
On the clods
"Passerelle des anciens" footbridge
Access and parking
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