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Glacier de la Martin

Sainte Foy

Vanoise Massif

Hike to an incredible glacier from the small town of La Gurraz.

Hiking Moderate

9.1 km
745 m
745 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.3 km
Glacier de la Martin Map

This hike on the vertiginous east face of Mont Pourri will lead you from the world of men, with the hamlet of Gurraz and Chevril dam, up to the kingdom of the glaciers, where only the ibex venture.


The route crosses the Mont-Pourri stream, a footbridge over the Savinaz stream, meanders through the shrub and vegetation of the forest and through mountain pastures, until reaching the Refuge de la Martin. Eventually, the route climbs into the midst of moutonnées and moraines rocks of the Glacier de la Savinaz.

At the end of the trail, it is not recommended to venture further without being accompanied by a professional mountain guide. In the summer, ice blocks can come loose from the glaciers without warning.

To return, follow the path in the reverse direction.

Dogs are permitted, but only up to Refuge de la Martin. Beyond the refuge, you enter the heart of the Vanoise National Park. Read the latest regulations at www.vanoise-parcnational.fr

Facilities and refreshments are available at Refuge de la Martin.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between May and September


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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