You will enjoy 6 days guided walking in the Vanoise, one of the most beautiful and unspoilt mountain ranges of France. The Vanoise has been protected since 1963 when it became Frances’ first national park.
Landscape of The Vanoise
You will find a time-less beauty in the Vanoise. The mountains created when the Alps where formed have since been shaped by glaciers and high up the glaciers stand watch over us high above. You will discover the stark beauty of the high mountains and the softer, friendlier feel of the valleys. In the valleys traditional chalets blend into the landscape with local stone and wood used to create buildings that stand the test of time. Traditional farming takes place and you may have the opportunity of seeing Beaufort, the famous local cheese, being produced at a farm. The sound of cow bells in the alpine pastures fits with the sounds of tumbling mountain streams and the cries of marmottes.
Wildlife in the Vanoise
The Vanoise is home to a large population of ibex. The creation of the Vanoise National Park helped to re-introduce the ibex into France after they were almost hunted to extinction. The ibex are quite approachable and you may have the opportunity for some great photographs or just sitting observing these majestic animals. Mark will lead you to areas where you have the best chance of seeing them. The Vanoise is home to three breed pairs of Bearded Vultures (or Lammergaiers). These huge birds with a wing-span in the region of 2m 80cm are nature’s recyclers feeding on the remains of animals that have succumbed to old age or winter’s rigours. Soaring effortlessly on upcurrents of air the vultures patrol the skies looking for their next meal. Chamois, a goat-like animal, that is adapted to steep rocky terrain are more elusive. However knowing where to look is the key. You will certainly see the cute looking marmotte enjoying the lush alpine meadows. The marmottes live in family groups close to their burrows with “look outs” giving shrill whistles to warn their mates of possible danger from the sky or on the ground.
The Guided Walks
The guided walks will be chosen to help you to see the variety that the Vanoise has to offer. Each walk will be chosen to suit your desires and those of the group.
You will benefit from small groups, no more than 8, enabling a more personal experience where you feel part of a group of friends rather than being lost in a crowd.