Trekking from Etendard to Aiguilles d'Arves (Savoie)

Duration : 6 days

France, Northern Alps

Level : intermediate

from 540 € / p. from 4 to 12 persons

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On the borders of the Savoie and the Maurienne valley, bordering Isère and the Hautes-Alpes departments, the Arvan-Villards massif offers you very contrasting landscapes and atmospheres. Around it, the Belledonne massif, the Grandes Rousses massif and the Aiguilles d'Arves massif are harmoniously articulated.

From the villages and their hamlets, this beautiful trekking through pastures will take you to the gates of the high mountains: that of the Etendard glacier and the famous Aiguilles d'Arves. Wherever you are, 360-degree landscapes offer breathtaking views.

On the paths, on easy off-road routes, but each time with privileged itineraries, I will be pleased to make you discover all the naturalist and patrimonial wealth of this beautiful massif.

If you like trekking for several days, I also propose other hiking itineraries in Savoie: the balconies of Maurienne, the tour of the Mont-Cenis lake and the high route of the Vanoise, and, a little further south, the magnificent tour of Chambeyron in Ubaye.


D1: Glandon Pass - Mont Froid - Nicolas Lake - Etendard refuge.
We start with a little frequented itinerary allowing us to admire the Belledonne mountain range in front of us. Stop at Lake Nicolas. From the refuge, a tour of the 3 lakes is possible as an option.

D2: Etendard refuge - North Lakes Pass - Balme chalets - Pré-Plans.
You will enjoy unforgettable panoramas along this downhill route facing the Grandes Rousses massif and the Aiguilles d'Arves.
Overnight in yurt or cottage.

D3: Pre-Plans - Ornon Pass - Les Chambons - Entraigues.
On the programme for this day, a bucolic route between mountain pastures and villages in the Arvan valley.
Night in bed and breakfast.

D4: Entraigues - Belleville (by Pré Coton) - Montrond - La Villette.
A change of scenery today with a rather forested route passing through the forests of the Fréchette and the Crêt de la Feisse. You will also discover pretty hamlets with their traditional architecture and chapel.
Night in a cottage.

D5: La Villette - Mollard d'Albiez - Pré Naret - alpine chalet of La Croë.
The path with a permanent panorama of the Aiguilles d'Arves takes us to the plateau of Montrond, then to our destination for the night.
Night in a tent (comfortable, sleeping bags provided).

D6: Alpine chalet of La Croë - Basse de Gerbier - Le Chalmieu.
Ascent to the Basse de Gerbier to admire the Aiguilles d'Arves up close. Snack at the Chalet de la Croë and descent to Chalmieu.
Return by taxi.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Tourist taxes.
  • Eventual transfers (bus, taxi, etc.) during the trek.
  • Luggage transport, except for D1 (night at the Etendard refuge): participants will have to provide personal effects for 2 days of hiking.

The price does not include

  • Transport from your home to the place of departure.
  • Drinks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • Lodge, refuge and tent.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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