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BRÈCHE DE PORTETTA
BRÈCHE DE PORTETTA

BRÈCHE DE PORTETTA

Credit : Courchevel Tourisme

This hike is for experienced hikers.
Watch out for névé at the start of the season; don’t park for too long at the foot of the wall (rock-fall risk).

9.2 km
6 h 30 mn
max. 2754 m
min. 1565 m
1421 m
-253 m
Styles : HikingMountain
Public : SportsmenExperienced hikers

Starting point

1626 Rue de l'Aiguille du Fruit
73120 Saint-bon-tarentaise
Lat : 45.4174Lng : 6.65162
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From Maison de Moriond to the Belvédère

From Maison de Moriond, head for the Belvédère area to reach the road to the Belvédère car park (6km).

Rue de l'Aiguille du Fruit 73120 Saint-bon-tarentaise
Lat : 45.4173Lng : 6.65168
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The Belvédère – Le Biol

After the last chalet (at the end of the tarmac road), walk up the mountain path to the Avals Valley to the place known as “Le Biol”. (1 hour). In the meadow downhill you can see the cornerstone of the old shelter destroyed by an avalanche in February 1999.

Rue des Avals 73120 Saint-bon-tarentaise
Lat : 45.405Lng : 6.66447
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Le Biol –Portetta walls

Take a footpath on the left which soon takes you to a mountain pasture in the direction of the Portetta walls. After approximately 45 minutes, two paths go in different directions: left to the Col de la Grande Pierre and right to the Col des Saulces via Combe des Roches. Continue straight on to the footpath (unclear at the start of the path because of herds grazing) through a small meadow overlooked by rocky outcrops.

Unnamed Road 73120 Saint-bon-tarentaise
Lat : 45.3838Lng : 6.67256
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From Plateau des Glacerets to Brèche de Portetta

After passing the rocky outcrops, the path crosses the Plateau des Glacerets through piles of rocks. It’s an increasingly steep path until you reach the foot of the huge cliffs (Dents de la Portetta and Aiguille de Mey).
The footpath then goes up beneath the central ridge before turning left (north-facing) over a small wall to Brèche de la Portetta which is nestled between the two ridges the furthest on the left.

Unnamed Road 73120 Saint-bon-tarentaise
Lat : 45.381Lng : 6.67759
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Brèche de Portetta

Walk over the large rocks into Brèche then go down into a small shoulder-width pass. Pralognan Valley rolls out at the bottom of Brèche.

D124 73710 Pralognan-la-vanoise
Lat : 45.3801Lng : 6.6911
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Aiguilles de la Portetta Tour

Visit Aiguilles de la Portetta: retrace your steps from Brèche then go under the central ridge and take an immediate left. An unclear path snakes through the scree between large rocks (bleak) leading to the heart of the Aiguilles then a pass called “Passage de Mey” where there are fantastic views of Pralognan and the Vanoise range.

Unnamed Road 73120 Pralognan-la-vanoise
Lat : 45.3777Lng : 6.68962
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Return

Go back the same way.

D124 73710 Pralognan-la-vanoise
Lat : 45.374Lng : 6.68988
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