An emblematic silhouette in Maurienne.
The Aiguilles d'Arves dominate the Arvan valley. The prettiest trilogy of the Alps according to the british Coolidge who was the first to officially ascent it in 1878.


The highest of needles peaks at 3514 meters, it is the Southern Needle. Others are named the Central Needle (3513m) and the Northern Needle also called The Head of Cat (3 358 m and 3 364 m).

Accessible out of the snowy period and depending on the weather conditions. Information about the access and weather forecast : contact the tourist office.

In winter, the site of Le Chalmieu is inevitable to practice snowshoeing in our Mountains of Arvan-Villards.

3 ideas of hikes in summer :

- The Easy Walk of Discovery The Savoy Les Aiguilles d'Arves: Easy walk. Accessible to strollers and people with reduced mobility. Duration: 1h30/2h. Circuit marked by interactive bornes : discovery of high mountain pastures and th life of the alpine inhabitants.

- The Foot of Les Aiguilles d'Arves: departure hamlet Le Chalmieu 73300 Albiez-Montrond (1900m) - arrival La Basse du Gerbier (2578m) - 5h30 round trips.

- Departure from Entraigues (1250m) in St. Jean d'Arves, hike making a loop route, to do with a bivouac : one made uneven positive of 1400 meters. Without a bivouac : have 2 cars, one parked in le Chalmieu.

Period of opening

From 01/01 to 31/12.

Adapted tourism

  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance


Let's go

Practical information

73530 Saint-Jean-d'Arves

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