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Promenade Savoyarde de découverte des Prioux (PSD) - Walking trail

Savoyard Discovery Trails (PSD): Les Prioux
Promenade Savoyarde de découverte des Prioux (PSD) - Walking trail
Credit : Pralognan-la-Vanoise Tourist Office

Description

At the gateway to Vanoise National Park, the area's extraordinary natural environment unfolds before you along an amazing trail up Chavière Valley.
Dauntingly awe-inspiring with the range’s high summits towering in every direction, and yet pleasantly tranquil with quaint hamlets and grazing herds, the valley reveals the secrets of life in an alpine pasture.
In Les Prioux, a small hamlet at 1700m elevation, nature reigns and humans learn to adapt. As if to make up for lost time during the long winter months when cut off from the rest of the world, the houses up here seem to “talk” to each other. They will tell you stories about yesteryear and of life today still influenced by the turn of the seasons: the pastures, making Beaufort cheese, tourism, mountain professions.
Winding up Chavière Valley, along the Doron River, the trail will awaken all of your senses to reveal the secrets of the houses in Les Prioux.

There are two circuits and two levels of difficulty to choose from:

Leisurely stroll
An easy walk for everyone, including families with strollers, senior citizens, and people in a wheelchair.
- Time round trip: 40 minutes
- Vertical gain: 10 meters
- Distance: 1.1 km.

Total freedom
Recommended for the truly curious who would like to explore Chavière Valley and Prioux by starting their hike from the village center in Pralognan-la-Vanoise.
- Time: 2 hrs
- Vertical gain: 300 meters
- Free parking at “Le Bouquetin” parking lot.

Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Very easy
Duration
1h30mn
Dist.
1 km
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Starting point

Les Prioux , 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
Lat : 45.346824Lng : 6.701412

Points of interest

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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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Le Repoju Hut

This authentic mountain hut offers you the chance to relax and recharge your battery, as well as to enjoy local Savoyard cuisine in a traditional hamlet with amazing views of the surrounding glaciers. Accessible on foot or by car. Summer only.Restaurant and terrace bar in the afternoon. A required stopover at the start or end of your trek around the Vanoise Glaciers. Enjoy the activities and shops in the village as well as the hut's cozy comforts. Half-board (dinner and breakfast) an option. Bivouac on request depending on possibilities, no reservation in advance.

Les Prioux 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
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Fromagerie des Prioux

In summer, discover withe a local farmer a wide variety of local cheeses. Learn how to make delicious "alpine chalet" Beaufort cheese.

Les Prioux 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
- Office de Tourisme de Pralognan -
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Auberge des Prioux restaurant

The whole team welcomes you at the entrance to the hamlet. In the heart of the Chavière valley and on the banks of the Doron, you can taste local specialties and products on the terrace or eat by candlelight inside.The whole team welcomes you at the entrance of the hamlet. In the heart of the Chavière valley and on the banks of the Doron river, you can enjoy local specialities and products on the terrace or inside a mountain chalet lit by candlelight. As we do not have a telephone network we cannot accept credit cards.

Les Prioux 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
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Public restrooms in Prioux.

Located beneath the Auberge des Prioux restaurant.

Parking du Pont de la Pêche 73710 Pralognan-la-Vanoise
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Date and time

  • From 15/05/2024 to 30/09/2024
  • From 15/05/2025 to 30/09/2025

Additional information

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Office de Tourisme de Pralognan-la-Vanoise - 27/06/2024
www.pralognan.com
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Guidebook with maps/step-by-step

VARIANTS ascent: From Pralognan From the Bouquetin car park, in the center of Pralognan, you can reach the hamlet of Prioux on foot by going up the Chavière valley and passing through the hamlet of Chollière. Start in front of the Maison du Parc then reach the top of the Route du Plateau (information panel). Trail n° 59 Another family walk starting from Les Prioux which will offer you very beautiful views of the Chavière valley and the Dôme des Nants glacier bar. For the itinerary see the hike of the “Sentier du Lièvre aux Prioux”

Open period

From 15/05 to 30/09.
Except when the road is closed due to snow.

Contact

Phone : 04 79 08 79 08

Email : info@pralognan.com

Website : www.pralognan.com

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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! 🌳🥾