Tour of Vuzelle

Tour of Vuzelle

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A two-day hike amidst moraines, alpine pastures and forests. A change of scenery around a peak of the Vuzelle to be rediscovered at every turn.


"From Pralognan-la-Vanoise, take the Bochor ski lift and follow the trail up to the Col de Leschaux, then follow the trail in the direction of ""Refuge du Grand Bec”. After the night at the shelter, take the trail that gœs down to the valley to the north, in the direction of ""Plan Fournier”. After 450 m of downhill ascents, at the first fork in the path, take the left path; follow the direction for “Mont Chevrier / Pralognan-la-Vanoise”. After 300 m of downhill ascents, at the intersection of the Touros wood, take the path that gœs south. After 250 m of a ""downhill flat"" path, take the path that gœs flat at this intersection. After about 300 m, cross the Vuzelle stream. 150 m after this stream, take the intersection in the clearing, the path on the left that gœs up (390 m) to the crest of Mount Chevrier. At the 1st intersection, take the lower trail. At the 2nd intersection, take the trail on the left and follow the direction of ""Pralognan-la-Vanoise”. At the next 2 intersections, follow the branch on the left. At the next intersection, take the trail on the right that gœs down. After the thalweg of the Combe des Pariettes, take the trail that gœs down the combe. After walking for about 600 m, take the paved road to Pralognan village centre."
  • Departure : Departure station of the Bochor ski lift
  • Arrival : Village church
  • Towns crossed : PRALOGNAN-LA-VANOISE and PLANAY

Altimetric profile


Please note that the crossing of the trail between the Aiguille du Bochor and the Col de Leschaux is overhead and can be covered in late névés. This tour is best made late in the season, not before the end of July. Book your overnight stay at the refuge and your picnic for the 2nd day.

Information desks

290 avenue de Chasseforêt, 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise

https://www.pralognan.cominfo@pralognan.com04 79 08 79 08

Maison de la Vanoise, Avenue Chasseforêt, 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise

https://www.vanoise-parcnational.frinfo.pralognan@vanoise-parcnational.fr04 79 08 71 49


Rail connection to Moûtiers. Information:
Then transport by coach to Pralognan-village.

Access and parking

RD 915 to Pralognan la Vanoise

Parking :

Village centre, Pralognan-la-Vanoise

More information

10 points of interest

  • Pastoralism


    "Ÿou are at the Col de Leschaux, overlooking the eponymous ravine on its south-facing slope. The term ""leschaux"" most likely comes from the pre-Roman ""calmis"" which translates as ""pastureland"", ""meadows"" or even ""alpine pasture""."
  • Flora

    Alpine clubmoss

    The alpine clubmoss (Diaphastrum alpinum) is bound to the short, dry moors, on an area of bare ericaceous shrubland (heather). It is an artico-alpine species, which, as the adjective describes, is native to northern Europe. It found refuge at altitude in the Alps when global warming took place after the last ice age. It is a protected species in France. Other than autumn when its light green reproductive stems are visible, it is barely detectable to the layman’s eyes.
  • Pastoralism

    Alpage de la Vuzelle, yesterday and today

    The alpine mountain pasture of Vuzelle is one of 3 communal mountain pastures of Planay. Historically it welcomed a part of the hamlets’ dairy cows and the cheese was made on site in the summer. Currently, only one herd of heifers occupies the place in summer. A peculiarity of the mountain people is that some towns have mountain pastures over towns at higher altitude, thus the town of Planay has the mountain pastures of Ritort and Nants over that of Pralognan-la-Vanoise.
  • Fauna

    A helmet and vest are compulsory

    Ÿou cross a forest boundary! It´s nothing to be alarmed about, it’s an area where the forest gradually colonises the rhododendron moors. This area at the upper limit of the forest is a vital habitat for the black grouse (Tetrao tetrix). Effectively, this concentrated area allows it, by turns, to nest (semi-woody cover), to raise the young (insects, berries and grasses), to feed in autumn (bilberries) or even in winter (tree buds) and to host its courtship displays. The gîte and the cover.
  • Fauna

    Lodgers, one after another

    In the spruce trees before you, two birds use the same nest successively. Indeed, in the big spruces, the black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) hollows out its nest, a box, directly in the trunk. After one breeding season, the woodpecker abandons its house. The Tengmalm´s owl follows it the year after, in order to lay its eggs and raise its offspring. So, if there are no old spruces, there are no black woodpeckers; no black woodpeckers and there are no Tengmalm´s owl!
  • Fauna

    Procession of titmice

    Different environments cœxist along this route: spruce, alder, mixed forest with deciduous trees. Thus, the guild of tits presents a complete spectrum of species such as the great tit (the biggest), the coal tit, the European crested tit or the slender long-tailed tit. It often happens that during the winter, all these species gather together in large flocks (several dozen birds) to protect themselves better from their winged predators (Eurasian pygmy owl or Eurasian Sparrowhawk).
  • Water

    Ruisseau de la Vuzelle Waterfall

    The Vuzelle waterfalls collect the waters of the watershed which gœs from Grand Bec up to the Pointe de Leschaux, via the Pointe du Creux Noir. Advice: in the mountains, do not rely on the freshness and purity of the water for drinking. In effect, the corpse of a wild or domestic ungulate in the watershed can lead to a bacteria proliferation which is invisible to the eye! This being said, the sight of a waterfall is always a moment of inner calmness.
  • Viewpoint

    Viewpoint from Mont Chevrier

    As you descend the valley’s axis, you will see Mont Jovet (2,558 m in altitude), on its right before you, you recognised it, the Aiguille de la Vuzelle (2,573 m in altitude). To the back of the village of Pralognan-la-Vanoise, you can admire the Vanoise glaciers, the largest continental European ice cap covering nearly 1,960 ha, culminating at the Chasseforêt dome at 3586 m. Returning to the west, the Dents de la Portetta and the Crête du Mont Charvet bring you north to the Dent du Villard (hidden).
  • Water

    It gurgles under our feet!

    Here you will find yourself directly above one of the many tunnels piercing the Vanoise mountain range. The “white coal” is the only industrial electrical production in Savoy. The hydrœlectric plant located at the Villard du Planay turbine, in addition to the water of the Champagny-le-Haut valley, part of the waters of the Vanoise and the Doron de Chavière, via a tunnel in the mountain and a pressure pipe-line. And please, no laser sight!
  • History

    The Darbelays

    "Ÿou are in the locality of “Les Darbelays”. In local Patois, a darbel is a young spruce plant. Thus, the Darbelays translates to a spruce nursery; the locality of ""Les Darbelots"" in Planay, probably translates to a spruce forest, known as “pessière” in French."