Col de la Galise

Tignes and Val d'Isère

Alternative Col hike from Vallon du Prariond

Also in Savoie, France

Hiking Moderate

Distance
11 km
Ascent
949 m
Descent
949 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
2.1 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
19˚
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Description

Escape into the realm of ibex, chamois, and marmots where the peace and tranquility will leave you wanting to stay the night at the nearby refuge.

The route starts near the bridge at the first hairpin of the Col de l'Iseran, after Val d'Isere.

It begins with a steep climb on a well-laid-out path overlooking an impressive gorge. Climbing a few hundred meters, the valley opens and you are greeted with a green lake, high mountains, and tame marmots. You will soon arrive at the Refuge du Prariond where you can stop for a coffee or lunch.

You can return to the car at this point or continue on towards the Col de la Lose. Alternatively, at the intersection, you can head toward the alternative Col by taking the right-hand trail heading to Col de la Galise (2987m). The route shown here climes to Col de la Galise.

Once at the top, you can look far down into the Italian Vallee de Cenesole. After taking in the view, follow the same path back to the car.

Dogs are not permitted on this trail.

Difficulty

Moderate

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

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September

Features

  • Alpine
  • Picturesque

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