Lac de la Gliere from Laisonnay d'en-Bas
Country - France
Region - Savoie (73) - Vanoise National Park
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 11.0 km / 6.9 miles
Ascent - 450 metres / 1485 feet
Descent - 450 metres / 1485 feet
Time - 4.00 hours
This walk takes you into the mountains to reach a beautiful lake lying to the northwest of Mont Casse (3855m), the highest mountain in the Vanoise National Park. The start is the end of the D91b public road running east from Champagny-en-Vanoise to Laisonnay d'en-Bas. Champagny is reached by turning off the D915 between Bozel and Pralognan. After leaving Champagny the road makes an interesting ascent of the valley for a short distance. Refreshments are available at the start of the walk and also close to Lac de la Gliere.
The walk is straightforward and there are no navigational difficulties. After parking follow the signs for Lac de la Gliere. The footpath sign sends you along a narrow path which soon joins a wide gravel track. However joining the gravel track from the start seems to be an easier way to start. Initially the track rises slowly but faced with a steep rise in the valley floor is forced to make a number of loops to gain height. On some of these loops shortcut paths have developed which I suppose makes ascent quicker. Reaching the top of the loops, the path gains height more slowly and you are able to enjoy the view ahead which includes the slopes of Mont Casse.
Reaching the turn-off for the Refuge de la Gliere, keep to the left and continue climbing. You will soon see the lake which is contained in a large bowl surrounded by mountains. It is a perfect place for a picnic. To return you can take the path down to Refuge which offers a wide range of food and drinks before following the outward path back to the start.
- IGN Carte de Randonnée - Les Trois Vallees & Modane, Parc National de la Vanoise - 1:25000 Sheet 3534 OT
- IGN Carte de Randonnée - Tignes/Val-d'Isere/Haute-Maurienne/Parc National de la Vanoise - 1:25000 Sheet 3633 ET
French IGN mapping is available in digital format by area and 'cut your own' maps. For more information and availabilty go to the Anquet website.
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