Grand Bec refuge loop

Planay Hiking itinerary
Daily duration (minutes) : 300
Distance (km) : 8.1
Route : 900
Level red ? hard
- Departure/Arrival
- Point of interest
Circuit n° 1
  • Environment :
    • Mountain location
  • SITRA services :
    • Distance (km) 8.1
    • Route
    • Route 2405
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
  • Parking :
    • Car park
Grand Bec refuge loop
Plan Fournier
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Definitively the Lord of the valley ! Perfect trail to discover landscapes and alpine pastures way of life. Take a break and enjoy a night at Grand Bec refuge. For mountain beginners, return trip to the refuge.
How to go:
After Planay village take the road on the left in the direction of Chamberanger. Before Chamberanger, take the road at the right side which reaches Plan Fournier (1723m) where you can find a small parking with some places.
At the gate of the Vanoise national Park, in a beautiful place, a small refuge sits at the bottom of the Vuzelle’s peak, with a nice view on the Grand Bec Mountain, on the Vallonet peak and on the Chavière valley.
This walk is easy to reach with children, parents, grand-parents, walkers or mountain climber.

To go up:
You will find a sign at the beginning in Plan Fournier; follow the direction of the Grand Bec refuge. Footpath and sign are clearly visible. Crossing the forest, and then going up through a comb under the Vuzelle and the same name pass. This way to go up has a really nice view on the valley of Bozel, the Lauziere Massif and the Vanoise Massif.

NB: In June, certain streams and/or névés can be tricky to cross because of the melting snow, so don't hesitate to ask the warden at the Refuge du Grand Bec beforehand.
OuverturesFrom 01/07 to 31/10.
Depending on snow condition.



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