A bubble of fresh air and tranquillity that takes you off the beaten path and away from sites that get busy in the height of summer. Enter the welcoming atmosphere of a secret mountain pasture. A little treasure, hidden at the bottom of the Vallon d'en Haut.


A quick warm-up along Chemin du Petit Bonheur brings you to the start of your adventure from the village of Bessans. Looking up, you can already guess that the journey will occasionally involve a bit of effort. But the ascent remains gradual and you're inspired by the presence of the majestic Charbonnel. From its height of 3,752 metres, the peak seems to watch your progress along the path leading to Vallon d'en Haut. This cosy nest snuggles into the mountainside between the peaks of Bonneval and Bessans. A few stops later, with views that take your breath away, it's safe to say you've earned the status of an aspiring mountain enthusiast. Prolong the pleasure with an unforgettable tasting experience at the Panino Inn... Come on! Push ahead just a bit further: a few steps more than you originally planned, and you'll get to meet locals who love their land and its produce. Sébastien and his family manufacture their own specialties of yogurt, country pies, and traditional Beaufort cheese. Pure taste sensations!

Period of opening

From 01/06 to 30/09.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Equipment & services

  • Parking nearby


Free access.

Languages ​​spoken

  • French French


Non accepted


By bus: Line S53 - Mairie / La Poste stop.
By car: park in the town hall parking lot or after the bridge towards the Bessans ski lifts.

Let's go

Itinerary overview

  • Difficulty
    Difficulty Walkers/hikers
  • Positive elevation
    Positive elevation 600 m
  • Distance
    Distance 10.6 km
  • Negative elevation
    Negative elevation 600 m
  • Maximum altitude
    Maximum altitude 2270
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