Col de la Lose
Lovely hike up the Isère, through the plateau de Prariond and a view over the glaciers of the Isère springs. Hiking is best appreciated during the ""Indian summer"" under the lights and colours of late summer, and perhaps the chance to run into the lord of the place - the alpine ibex."
The gorges of Malpasset
The Alps are moving!
The Monument of Remembrance
The water intake of Pont Saint-Charles
The former refuge and alpine chalet.
The viola pinnata
The Refuge de Prariond.
The mudslide of Rouvines de Bazel
View over the glacier of the Isère springs from Roche des Loses
Chamois on or from Grande Tête
Ibex on or from Grande Tête
From the Col de la Lose
Park at the Pont Saint-Charles car park. Follow the single trail via the gorges of Malpasset, which leads to the Prariond plateau and its refuge at the end. Take the trail that winds up above the refuge to the sloping ledge of the Grande Tête. Follow the cairns that lead to the crossroads of the paths between the Col de la Galise and the Col de la Lose. Take the trail on the right. From this moment the trail is less visible and may be cut by névés. The pass will be indicated by a reading table and a Vanoise National Park signpost. To return, take the route in the opposite direction.
- Departure : Pont Saint-Charles car park, Val d'Isère
- Arrival : ont Saint-Charles car park, Val d'Isère
- Towns crossed : VAL D'ISERE
Despite a ""wide"" mountain trail (0.70 to 1 m in width) and the presence of 3 handrails, the crossing of the Malpasset gorges has a ""steep incline"" for about 1 km. Be extra vigilant with young children or people prone to vertigo. The use of some reins for children may be reassuring for everyone."
Access and parking
From the Tourist Information Office of Val d´Isère follow the RD 902, in the direction of the Col de l´Iseran. Cross the hamlet of Fornet. Walk for approximately 3 km. Before crossing the Isère river, enter the Pont Saint-Charles car park on the left of the road. It is indicated by a large built cairn.
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