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Palet Pass (Col du Palet)
Palet Pass (Col du Palet)
Palet Pass (Col du Palet)
Palet Pass (Col du Palet)
Palet Pass (Col du Palet)
Palet Pass (Col du Palet)

Palet Pass (Col du Palet)

Explore the Vanoise National Park and take in the beauty of the unique landscape. Follow this route through La Glière, the Chalet du Plan du Sel and the Col de la Croix des Frêtes, while skirting the Vanoise glaciers.
/!\ Warning: exceptional closure of the Col du Palet refuge due to lack of water

Departure : Champagny Le Haut, parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas
Arrival : idem
Duration : 4h one way. Count 7 hours of walking in total.

Itinerary to the Glière refuge: green level (moderate - from 5 years old).
Itinerary to the Col du Palet: red level (difficult). Col du Palet refuge at 10mn : sleeping, meals, drinks - tel : 04 79 07 91 47

Caution, dogs are not allowed!

To be noted: The glaciological trail
To enable you to observe the glaciers, the itinerary between the Laisonnay and the Chalet du Grand Plan has been equipped with eight numbered markers along the path. Full explanations are given in a booklet entitled "Discovering the glaciers of Champagny en Vanoise", a real discovery tool, sold at the Tourist Office.

11 km
4 h
max. 2658 m
min. 1573 m
1206 m
105 m

Altimetric profile

Starting point

Parking Le Laisonnay d'en bas Champagny le Haut
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise
Lat : 45.449835Lng : 6.777597
70 d
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E-MTB loading spot - Refuge Glière

Possibility to recharge an electric bike on a socket. On request...Read more

Lat : 45.431196Lng : 6.814335
2010 m
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Col du Palet mountain hut

Overlookink a small mountain lake, this refuge of the Vanoise national...Read more

Lat : 45.458325Lng : 6.861155
2596 m
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Refuge la Glière

The refuge is guarded from 20/06 to 15/09/2020. Caretaking's...Read more

Lat : 45.431354Lng : 6.813154
2010 m
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Restaurant/refuge de la Glière

In the heart of Vanoise National Park, the guardian welcomes you to...Read more

Lat : 45.431354Lng : 6.813154
2010 m
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Vanoise national Park

The Vanoise National Park created in 1963 due to the disappearance...Read more

Lat : 45.44547Lng : 6.790881
1450 m

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Open period

From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Guidebook with maps/step-by-step

0/ From the Laisonnay car park (1560m), take the tarmac road for 300m; after the bridge, first turn left onto the track which then goes to the right, towards the Glière refuge (1996m). From time to time, a path allows you to cut the track (signs).

1/ From the refuge, retrace your steps to get back on the track that climbs to the chapel and the lake. On the left, a fairly steep path rises up and joins the track above; you quickly reach the Plagne mountain pasture; you pass below the Plan du Sel chalet where Beaufort cheese is made, the "Prince of Gruyères" which has a registered designation of origin.

2/ The itinerary continues on a path that crosses under the Grand Plan chalet; it rises slowly up the Combe du Grand Plan (East) to reach the Col de la Croix des Frêtes, which it reaches (alt. 2647m).

3/ From there, by crossing, we reach the Col du Palet (alt. 2652m) in 15 minutes.

This pass allows you to switch to the GR5, to the resort of Tignes, located 1h20 away.

Return : By the same route.

Tips for the photographer

Many marmots up to the Glière Refuge

Covid-19 special services

If you wish to sleep at the refuge, it is imperative to book in advance and to respect the governmental Covid measures in force.
Contact the Glière refuge: 06 77 08 96 85 / /

Updated by

Office de Tourisme de la Grande Plagne - 26/07/2022
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