Loop of the Refuge de la Valette
Sylvie Richen, caretaker of the Refuge de la Valletta.
The blue thistle path on the GR®55 (Couloir des Diés)
Chavière water abstraction point
Four water abstraction points capture the waters of the Doron de Pralognan and its smaller tributaries - the Chavière, Glière, Isertan and Vuzelle - before they are transported to the power plant. This is the Chavière water point. 8m3/s transit through an underground gallery around 13km long with a diameter of more than 2 metres and join a 1,700-metre penstock with a change in gradient of 765 metres.
Find out more about the Pralognan power plant (in French): https://www.edf.fr/sites/default/files/Hydraulique/pays-de-savoie/documents/EDF_Pralognan.pdf
Do be aware that some of the stretches are quite steep.
View of the Grande Casse
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!
Summer mountain pasture cheese dairy
Local produce on sale at the Fromagerie du Plan, in Pralognan village centre.
The rock ptarmigan
The Refuge de la Valette
The Isertan forest
- Departure : Olympic ice rink, Pralognan-la-Vanoise
- Arrival : Olympic ice rink, Pralognan-la-Vanoise
- Towns crossed : PRALOGNAN-LA-VANOISE
290 avenue de Chasseforêt<br>73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise,
04 79 08 79 08
Maison de la Vanoise - Avenue Chasseforêt<br>73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise,
04 79 08 71 49
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