The 4 footpaths of Val Thorens

 

Whether for adventure or meditation, walkers and hikers can enjoy the same high-mountain pleasures as skiers.

A lot of trails for pedestrians and snowshoers, allowing them to discover Val Thorens from a new point of view. A detailed trail map is available for free at the Tourist Office.

 

The Marine path

 

This trail can be done entirely on foot from the Chalet du Cosmojet, going up and down, or with less effort by taking the Cascades chairlift up and the trail down.

This beautiful sunny 5km path (round trip) offers a panoramic view of the resort and its cirque surrounded by peaks at over 3000 metres.

If you go up on foot, once at the foot of the Castor and Pollux carpets take the direction of the Chalet du Cosmojet.

If you go up by chairlift, exit the chairlift on your left. Then take the path which describes a wide curve on the left. Join the Chalet de la Marine, then cross the Dalles piste, walk along the Tête Ronde lake on the right and follow the ridge before reaching the Chalet de Thorens. Make a diversion to the unusual Igloo Village. Return gently to the resort by the Flocons piste, crossing the Combe de Thorens to return to the Chalet du Cosmojet.

  • Walking time: 2h15 (round trip) or 1h15 of descent if you take the Cascades chairlift (itinerary signposted only on the way down)
  • Kilometres: 5 km (round trip)
  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Starting point: Chalet du Cosmojet for a round trip on foot or departure from the Cascades chairlift to do the itinerary only on the way down

 

The Montagnettes path

 

Facing south, the path starts from Les Balcons district, in the direction of Les Menuires, to arrive at the Montagnette (small stone house). Once there, turn around and enjoy a magnificent panorama of the Péclet massif as you return to Val Thorens.

If you wish to extend the walk, it is possible to go down to the Bruyères district in Les Menuires.

  • Walking time: 1h30 (round trip)
  • Kilometres: 2 km (round trip)
  • Level of difficulty: Medium
  • Starting point: Les Balcons district

 

The 2 Lacs path

 

At the foot of the Castor and Pollux carpets at the "rond-point des pistes", head towards the Chalet du Cosmojet. To the right of the Chalet du Cosmojet, you will see a signpost and the path quickly rises. A few metres later, the path climbs steadily up a gentle slope to a plateau. The path offers a beautiful view of the resort.

  • Walking time: 1h30 (round trip)
  • Kilometres: 2.1 km (round trip)
  • Level of difficulty: Medium
  • Starting point: Chalet du Cosmojet

 

The Moutiere path

 

Take the departure of the “2 Lacs” path till a large plateau. Continue on your right and join the dams (be careful not to get over the fence and stay off the lakes). You will arrive close to the "Crossing of 2 Lakes 2" piste, “2 Lakes” restaurant and a chairlift of the same name. The path continues downhill by the “Linotte” piste and joins Moutière plateau with a restaurant of the same name and an altisurface. On the right, walk along the Moutière dam and admire the view over the Valley of Belleville. To return, take the same route and the path of the “2 Lakes”.

  • Walking time: 4 hours (round trip)
  • Kilometres: 6.1 km (round trip)
  • Level of difficulty: Difficult
  • Starting point: Chalet du Cosmojet

 

Map of pedestrian and snowshoe trails

The lifs accessible for pedestrian

 

At an altitude of 3200m –and with its 360° view of more than 1000 summits in the French, Italian ansd Swiss Alps - the Cime Caron features one of the most grandiose mountain panorama in the all of Europe. An annotated map there allows you to identify Mont Blanc, Mont Brequin, the Peclet Gacier and its Peaks, La Meije and the Arves Peaks. To get there take the Cairn and Caron Gondolas and then the Cime de Caron cable-car.

  • Take the Cairn and Caron cable cars and then the Cime Caron cable car.
  • Count 2 hours round trip
  • Prices:
    • Adult: 22,90€
    • Child: 18,30€

 

The foot of the Péclet glacier is accessible by the Péclet Funitel in 8 minutes from the resort. Catering is available at the "Aiguilles de Péclet".

  • Count 45 minutes round trip
  • Prices:
    • Adult: 15,30€
    • Child: 12,20€

 

The Plateau de la Moutière, accessible by the Moutière chairlift only on the way up.

  • Allow 5 minutes one way
  • Prices:
    • Adult: 10,20€
    • Child: 8,10€

 

The Cascades chairlift, accessible only on the way up and the starting point of the Marine trai

  • Count: 5 minutes one way
  • Prices:
    • Adult: 10,20€
    • Child: 8,10€

 

The Cairn / Caron cable car, the Cime Caron cable car and the Orelle-Caron cable car allow you to make a pedestrian round trip to Plan Bouchet in Orelle.

  • Count on about 2h30 round trip
  • Prices:
    • Adult: 37€
    • Child: 29€

 

It is also possible to take a 3 Vallées pedestrian pass

  • 1 day pedestrian pass: 25,50€
  • 6-day pedestrian pass: 80€
  • Seasonal pedestrian pass: 232€

 

Please note: children under the age of 3 are not allowed to access the ski lifts.

 

Buy a pedestrian pass

 

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