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Loop hike - Cirque de l'Arcelin - Les Barmettes

Loop hike - Cirque de l'Arcelin - Les Barmettes
Loop hike - Cirque de l'Arcelin - Les Barmettes
Loop hike - Cirque de l'Arcelin - Les Barmettes
Credit : Office de tourisme

Description

For the variant, it is it is possible to take the Genépi chairlift to save save you money and and reduce walking the descent (subject to opening conditions).
The cirque de l'Arcelin is a natural amphitheater offering breathtaking views of the towering vertical walls of Moriond, the Aiguilles de l'Arcelin and the Grand Marchet. A special place for families!

Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Not specified
Duration
2h15mn
Dist.
5 km
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Starting point

Quartier du Barioz , 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
Lat : 45.379909Lng : 6.723724

Points of interest

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Les Barmettes restaurant

Access via the Le Génépi chairlift on skis or on foot or via the ski area’s advanced runs! Near the spectacular Col de la Vanoise Pass, with breathtaking views of the valley. Come savor our regional specialties. Regale your eyes and taste buds.

- Office de Tourisme de Pralognan -
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Les Fontanettes restaurant

At the start of the gr55 trail, enjoy a meal on our patio at the foot of the Vanoise range, with a playground for kids. Open every day and night, including barbecues on Thursday evenings. Reservation recommended.

2155 route des Fontanettes 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
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Summer shuttle buses: Les Prioux and Les Fontanettes

Shuttle buses are a practical and environmentally-friendly means of transportation to the area's trailheads. Leaving from the village center (in front of the Tourist Office), the shuttle buses operate all day long to and from Les Prioux ou Les Fontanettes.Ride time: approximately 15 minutes.

290 Avenue de Chasseforêt 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
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Les Fontanettes parking lot

Parking lot located in the hamlet of Les Fontanettes, at the GR55 trailhead for Col de la Vanoise Pass. Only open and accessible in summer.

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Barmettes Hut

At the gateway to Vanoise National Park, the Barmettes Hut offers breathtaking views of the entire valley. In a truly majestic setting at this ideally located, warm and cozy Savoyard chalet, rest and relax or enjoy traditional local cuisine.In both summer and winter, you can reach the hut either on foot by taking one of hiking trails or the Génépi chairlift.

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Public restrooms in Les Fontanettes

Near the bottom of the Gentiane chairlif in winter, and the parking lot in the summer.

Les Fontanettes 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
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Date and time

  • From 15/05/2024 to 31/10/2024
  • From 15/05/2025 to 31/10/2025

Additional information

Updated by

Office de Tourisme de Pralognan-la-Vanoise - 27/06/2024
www.pralognan.com
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Reception conditions for animals

Dogs are welcome as the trails are outside the Vanoise National Park.

Guidebook with maps/step-by-step

From Place du Barioz (barrier in local dialect) follow rue de l'Erlet to the hamlet of Les Bieux (bouleau in local dialect)/ Follow the path towards Les Fontanettes (path no. 17). This path starts at the bachal and leads to an orientation table/Go up the Fontanettes hamlet and continue towards the Arcelin cirque, passing the Creuset bridge, then the Dard torrent footbridge and finally the Crépéna torrent footbridge (path no. 21)/Continue on the horizontal track to the Arcelin bridge, then descend to the left on the "toboggan" path (path no. 20), which joins the ascent route (paths no. 21 and 17).

VARIATION: LES BARMETTES (2,010 m) (difficult) +1h30, +250 m ascent, +2.5 km round trip
(in addition to the main itinerary)
Follow the main itinerary to stage 3.
Leave the paths leading up to Col du Grand Marchet and Col de la Vanoise via Les Arollets on your right and, after the bridge over the Crépéna torrent, turn right onto the Couloir de l'Eau path (path no. 23)/ Continue along this path until you reach the track leading to the Barmettes refuge (path no. 13)/On the way down, return to the village center via Les Fontanettes on the GR 55 (trails no. 13 and 17).

Open period

From 15/05 to 31/10.

Contact

Phone : 04 79 08 79 08

Email : info@pralognan.com

Website : www.pralognan.com

Facebook : www.facebook.com/otpralognan

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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾