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Why walk?

To discover what lies at the end of the road, of course
Whether breathtaking views, an unmissable picnic spot, or a jacuzzi (really!)

The mountain has more than a few tricks in its hiking backpack to entice you onto its paths!


In Saint-Martin de Belleville, you can discover Villarenger with its “Mystery of the Owl Stone” adventure provided by the Maison du Tourisme in French and English. A fun, enigma-solving experience for the whole family. The Maison du Tourisme offers a prize for the correct magic formula, and winners can take part in a random draw for a chance to bag a summer holiday in Saint-Martin.


In Les Menuires, set off to discover the biggest, most beautiful lake in the Vallée des Belleville, the Lac du Lou, via a path adapted for the whole family. When you arrive, enjoy a well-deserved break at the Refuge du Lac du Loup, nestled in an untouched valley, before heading back down.


In Courchevel, the most popular hike takes you to the clear waters of the Merlet lakes. Hikers of all abilities will enjoy the same reward of astounding landscapes, inspiring mountains, untamed nature and the Merlet lakes – two high-altitude bodies of water located in the heart of the Vanoise National Park. Found at the bottom of the Aiguille du Fruit mountain, the higher Merlet lake is in fact the deepest in the Vanoise region (28 metres). Keep an eye out for chamois, marmots and ibexes, as well as rare, protected flowers such as the Lady’s Slipper.


In Brides-les-Bains, locals and tourists alike know the renowned Gorge aux Pigeons like the back of their hands! The out-and-back trail lasts around 1 hours, and is perfect for getting some elevation and enjoying a beautiful view over the village.


In Val Thorens, the Lakes Circuit is an easy hike open to all, and ideal for discovering the Thorens, Tête Ronde and Grenouilles natural lakes. The highlight is an unbelievable view over the Vallée des Belleville and the mountains of Val Thorens! And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some marmots!


In Méribel, head to the Refuge du Saut via the Les Ramées loop, which takes you through superbly diverse landscapes, flora and fauna. After starting out in a forest, Le Bois des Ramées, the route leads hikers a little higher to the Plateau de la Plagne at 2000 metres of elevation at the foot of the Aiguille du Fruit mountain.


Photo credit:
Sylvain AYMOZ© / OT Méribel

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