Tour of the Mont-Cenis lake (Maurienne, Savoie)

Duration : 3 days

France, Northern Alps

Level : good hiker

from 400 € / p. from 4 to 12 persons

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In the heart of Savoie and the Maurienne valley, I propose a hiking circuit that goes from remarkable biotopes to breathtaking panoramas. Without forgetting the military vestiges which remind us that the Alps are made of rich and eventful past histories.

In spite of this, you will experience hikes where only the cries of marmots and the sound of cowbells resound.

Around the lake of Mont-Cenis, you will discover an extraordinary natural and historical heritage: 700 plant species are listed, 27 of which are protected, and a thousand year old past with the passages of Hannibal and his elephants (maybe), Napoleon's armies, etc.

If you like trekking for several days, I also propose other hiking itineraries in Savoie: the balconies of Maurienne, the trek from the Étendard to the Aiguilles d'Arves and the Vanoise high route trekking.


D1: Mont-Cenis pass - sentier des 2000 - Ronce fort - Paradis quarry - Gran Scala hotel.
Meeting point at the Mont-Cenis pass, about 1h40 drive from Chambéry or Albertville.
This first day overlooks the lake of Mont-Cenis, and involves a little distance but without any technical difficulty and with a small difference in altitude.
Possible variation with a detour by the lake Clair (under the point of Lamet), but longer and more uneven.
About 5 hours of walking, positive altitude difference: 365 meters, negative altitude difference: 570 meters.

D2: Gran Scala - Pattacreuse fort - Petit Mont-Cenis refuge.
Today you hike on the other side of the lake, from the Varisselle fort to the Pattacreuse fort.
Possibility of variants to go higher and further, to the Malamot fort and to the Pointe Droset.
About 6 hours of walking, D+ : 870m, D- : 630m.

D3: Petit Mont-Cenis refuge - Grand Plan - pas de la Beccia - fort de la Turra - Mont-Cenis pass.
This last stage is the most alpine and the most committed, to finish with a superb panorama on the Maurienne valley and the Mont-Cenis lake.
About 6.5 hours of walking, D+ : 640m, D- : 670m.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • Accommodation and meals.
  • The taxes of stay.
  • Eventual transfers (bus, cab, etc.) during the tour.

The price does not include

  • Round trip transfer from your home to the departure point of the tour.
  • Drinks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • Lodge and refuge.
Next departures :
  • To be confirmed
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