With its many mountain passes and summits, Sainte Foy Tarentaise is crossed by several renowned routes, along both high-altitude sectors and lower mountain slopes:
The Haute Tarentaise Inter-Village trail, which connects the 8 parishes in a 150 km loop, the High-Glacier route (70 km of trails including 3 km on glaciers, crossing Sainte Foy Tarentaise, Tignes, Valgrisenche and Rheme-Notre-Dame in Italy), the Grand Tour de Tarentaise (240 km in 25 stages), and the Via Alpina (5,000 km across 8 countries).
You can always choose to do just a small part of these mythical routes!
grand tour of the tarentaise
Discover the whole valley at your own pace via the Grand Tour de Tarentaise, from two days to several weeks, according to your own plans and the different sectors: Beaufortain/Mont Blanc, Haute Tarentaise, Around La Plagne, Vanoise, Three Valleys, Lauzière.
high glacial route
A fantastic route which sometimes dances over the border, the High Glacial Route leads you in the footsteps of pedlars and smugglers. A land of trade and tradition, the Haute Tarentaise and the Aosta Valley will share their mountain culture with you.
village to village - trail walking
Sainte Foy offers magnificent varied hikes that stretch between the mountain of altitude, forests and pastures. From 890 m in the Isère valley to 3747 m at the top of the Grande Sassière. This is reflected by three stages of vegetation: mountainous, subalpine and alpine extended beyond 2700 to 3000 m altitude by a nival level.
hike to the valley of la petite sassière
One of the best Tarentaise walks and hikes. Easy walk, short incline. Magnificent view of the Petite Sassière massif. The valley is also very pretty.
hiking vanoise ecotourisme
To walk off the beaten track yet near the main attractions of Sainte Foy in the summer - waterfalls, high-altitude lakes, marmottes, glaciers, rare flora, farms and summer villages…
XPEO Walking Session with Taoist exercises in suitable places.
The XPEO method consists of simple exercises accessible to all. Bases on streching and liberation of the body, they allow to stimulate the vital energy: the Qi. Walking becomes easy, energizing. Forget the aches and fatigue.
Good forest footpath allowing access to the middle and upper part of the beautiful Mercuel valley. Follow the route to La Sassière and through the hamlet of La Savonne. 200m after, a path on the right leads to La Motte.
lac du retour
The lac du Retour was formed in a basin hollowed out by the glaciers. Perched high in the glacial cirque at an altitude of 2.400m. Beautiful view of the Mont Pourri mountains. Around the lake are wetlands with a rare vegetation like flowers look like balls of cotton wool.
lac noir (les balmes)
Pastoral road then small path to travel the classified valley of the Clou and pastures Balmes. Magnificent view of the Balmes glaciers.
le lac du clou
Country route and good footpath allowing you to discover the remarkable Le Clou site, via the listed Le Monal village.
le monal et vallon du clou
A perfect example of a Haute-Tarentaise village, Le Monal has long been a listed site. However, even this delightful collection of stone houses interspersed with larch trees on the edge of a small lake, cannot eclipse the breathtaking view of Mont Pourri.
Beautiful balcony footpath in balcony, sometimes narrow, with some steep uphill and downhill. Fabulous view of the glaciers and the village of La Gurraz
Spectacular gorges of Nant Cruet.
old life - in pasture at the fenil
Stay in a fully restored 16th century Alpine chalet - 1,900 meters above sea level. Solar electricity - Gas hot water. Outdoor terraces - kitchen garden - local products. Themed hikes in the heart of natural spaces.