A gradual immersion into the rocky mountain landscape. Easily reach one of the Vanoise region's most famous mountain passes. If the sky is clear, a surprise awaits you up there, at 2,900 metres of altitude.


Fearlessly enter Vanoise National Park for a gentle warm-up to kick off the hike. An early start is a good idea, that way you can calmly take your time getting to Fond d'Aussois refuge. Before starting your ascent, pause to observe the rather tame marmots going through their morning routine. A well-maintained trail amidst slabs and rocks takes you up alongside the Saint-Benoît torrent, which is often abundant in the early summer. Sheltered from the breeze, you'll gradually climb through the various alpine zones leading to the pass. All of a sudden, the immensity of the landscape starts to work their magic. Forget about the short grass and other wild flowers. This is a land where rocks reign supreme. On a clear day, look out for the peaks in the distance. Due north, the Roof of Europe reveals itself majestically. Now you're really spoiled: check out that unbeatable view of the Mont-Blanc!

Period of opening

From 01/07 to 01/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Equipment & services

  • Parking nearby


Free access.

Languages ​​spoken

  • French French


Non accepted


I'm going by car: park in the Carrière parking lot between the Plan d'Amont and Plan d'Aval dams.

Let's go

Itinerary overview

  • Difficulty
    Difficulty Walkers/hikers
  • Positive elevation
    Positive elevation 900 m
  • Distance
    Distance 14.9 km
  • Negative elevation
    Negative elevation 900 m
  • Maximum altitude
    Maximum altitude 2914
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