Guidebook

Scenic Hikes Around Tignes and Val d'Isère

With everything from leisurely loops to terrific climbs, and all kinds of alpine vistas to be admired, Tignes and Val d'Isère are perfect for keen hikers looking for spectacular views.

Description

Amble through lush green mountain pastures and witness the scenery gently give way to gruff, brown, rocky ridgelines as you climb higher and higher towards snow-capped peaks. With the chance to discover secluded refuges and traditional alpine hamlets, and to spot native wildlife such as the Ibex and Bearded Eagle, every journey set out on foot becomes its own unique Savoie adventure.

The hikes in this guidebook have been selected because they all take you through stunning scenery. The majority are nice circular routes, ranging in strenuousness. For a quiet and remote route that will take you up high and away from it all, try Le Fornet, Col de la Bailletta, or Passage de Picheru. If you’re looking for something easier on the legs and with plenty of amenities on the way, try Tour of the Pointe du Chardonnet, which keeps you closer to the Tignes resort.

Pointe de Fresse / Ice Tignes
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Pointe de Fresse / Ice Tignes

Tignes and Val d'Isère
0 - 1 hrs
1.8 km
59 m
169 m
A true alpine experience with high exposure along the Tovière ridge.
Moderate
Private
Tour of the Pointe du Chardonnet
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Tour of the Pointe du Chardonnet

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
13.0 km
793 m
793 m
A combination of the Tignes Resort and the heart of the national park. The contrast is amazing but telling of the history of the Vanoise.
Moderate
Private
Col de la Galise
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Col de la Galise

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
11.3 km
949 m
949 m
Alternative Col hike from Vallon du Prariond
Moderate
Private
Via Alpina: Tignes Lake to Leisse Refuge
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Via Alpina: Tignes Lake to Leisse Refuge

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
11.8 km
701 m
306 m
From the shores of Tignes Lake, pass two Cols on your way to the peaceful refuge below Grande Motte.
Moderate
Private
Col de la Bailletta from le Fornet
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Col de la Bailletta from le Fornet

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
8.7 km
906 m
906 m
A long-distance hike with a rare landscape on arrival.
Moderate
Private
Palafour Lift Hike
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Palafour Lift Hike

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 - 2 hrs
2.2 km
462 m
0 m
Instead of riding the lift, follow this hike to reach the top of the Palafour Lift and extend the Aiguille Percée hike.
Moderate
Private
Aiguille de la Grande Sassière Summit
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Aiguille de la Grande Sassière Summit

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 day +
21.9 km
2,052 m
2,052 m
This summit climb provides a high alpine challenge along a ridgeline beside Sassière glacier, with stunning views the entire route.
Difficult
Private
Col de la Madeleine and Lac d'Ouillette
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Col de la Madeleine and Lac d'Ouillette

Tignes and Val d'Isère
4 - 5 hrs
14.5 km
961 m
961 m
Discover Lac d'Ouillette, hidden from view from the Val d'Isere resort and onwards to a remote, rugged Col.
Moderate
Private
Le Fornet -> Col de la Bailletta -> Passage de Picheru
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Le Fornet -> Col de la Bailletta -> Passage de Picheru

Tignes and Val d'Isère
5 - 6 hrs
17.0 km
1,400 m
1,400 m
A stunning and strenuous round circuit through the Bailletaz Nature Reserve, passing above the glacial Lac de la Sassière.
Difficult
Private
Le Vallon du Prariond
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Le Vallon du Prariond

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
11.3 km
955 m
955 m
A medium length hike through gorges past grazing animals and leading towards a Col at 2957m.
Moderate
Private
Via Alpina: Tignes Lake to Le Monal
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Via Alpina: Tignes Lake to Le Monal

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
15.1 km
731 m
951 m
A lovely route with lakes, a dam, traditional alpine hamlets, and beautiful views of Mount Pourri.
Moderate
Private
Pointe des Fours from le Pont de la Neige
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Pointe des Fours from le Pont de la Neige

Tignes and Val d'Isère
2 - 3 hrs
5.7 km
545 m
545 m
A short, accessible summit hike to the rugged heights of Pointe des Fours from the Snow Bridge close to Col d'Iseran.
Moderate
Private
Col des Fours from Manchet
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Col des Fours from Manchet

Tignes and Val d'Isère
4 - 5 hrs
12.8 km
1,060 m
1,060 m
This hike towards the Col and Lake Grand Fond in Vanoise National Park offers a superb view of the glaciers, the peaks, and a beautiful lake.
Difficult
Private
L'Aiguille Percée
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L'Aiguille Percée

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 - 2 hrs
4.7 km
199 m
662 m
A hike to one of the best geological curiosities in Vanoise National Park: the "eye of the needle" and a spectacular high alpine ridgeline trail.
Difficult
Private