Ski-touring in the heart of the Vanoise
In the heart of the national park of the Vanoise, the
Caro-Evettes crossing is one of the most beautiful ski touring in the Alps!
Day 1 Hiking to the Carro refuge (2759m)
We meet at 8am on the last parking lot of Bonneval-sur-Arc road. We start our trip on an easy warm-up ski-hike through a snowy path leading us to Ecot (2000m), charming and picturesque hamlet with houses all made out of stone. We then get on steeper slopes until we reach the Carro refuge (2759m), where we spend the night.
Ascent : about 1000m / Max Alt : 2759m / Accomodation : Carro refuge
Day 2 Aiguille Percée ascent (3437m)
Today starts with a loop circuit to ascend the Aiguille Percée (3437m) at the east side of the Carro refuge. We ski and skin on the Levanna Occidental slopes, and then we make a left to ascend the small « Derrière les lacs » glacier until the peak of the Aiguille Percée appears.
Once up there, the view will just be unexplainably incredible. We take a deep breath of that fresh air before heading back down to the Carro refuge for a well-deserved rest.
Ascent : about 740m / Descent : about 740m / Max Alt : 3437m / Accomodation : Carro refuge
Day 3 Crossing until the Evettes refuge (2591m)
We start today’s hike by a relaxing morning walk listening to the silence of our skins and going through forests and large slopes from the Pariotes, Trièves and Grand Mélan passes (3214m) until we reach the Evettes refuge. That path crosses a wide and impressive glacier at the bottom of the Levanna (3619m) and the Mulinet rock (3442m). This is where we understand that Vanoise is a truly unspoilt gem in the Northern Alps.
Ascent : about 1050m / Descent : about 1200m / Max Alt : 3214m / Accomodation : Evettes refuge
Day 4 Selle of Albaron ascent from the Evettes glacier
On our last day, we ski down in a beautiful glacier environment to Bonneval-sur-Arc, a charming mountain village where a traditional way of life still remains. We say goodbye at 4pm.
Ascent : about 1100m / Descent : about 1835m / Max Alt : 3474m
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
- The technical organization of the stay
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- Collective equipment provided (ropes)
- Half-board accommodation in refuges, hostels and lodges
- Lunch picnics
- Safety equipment : avalanche transceiver (battery not provided, 4 LR03 AAA batteries needed), shovel, probe
- Transfers to meeting and separation points
- Snacks: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- All the drinks and personal expenses in refuges
- Insurance and assistance
- Application fees (18€ per person)
- Technical individual equipment : crampons, harness, ice axe
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes"
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s price
- Less than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs : plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plane changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs : you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees : Insurance fees will not be refunded if you subscribed to a multy-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmation
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics and diners in refuges
- Bring some snacks according to your own tastes
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip’s price : water, tea, coffee, beer, coke,.. Please bring some money.
- You need to pay for water in refuges (5 to 8 euros in average) so you better buy some before. Otherwise, you can use purification tablets (Micropur). Warning : sometimes there is no tap water in shelters during winter (it is frozen) so you may have no choice but to buy some.
Budget & exchange
- Collective material (ropes) if needed
- Sleepers and blankets in refuges : bring your own sleeping bag
- Individual safety material (avalanche transceiver -battery not provided-, shovel, probe) : please inform us if you already have yours
- One pair of light touring-ski equipped with breaks or safety straps
- One pair of ski-touring shoes with VIBRAM-type sole
- 1 pair of sticky sealskins suitable for ski
- Sticks with fender washers
- Safety equipment
- Life blanket
- Clasp knife
- Thermos or bottle
- Windproof bonnet
- Hat or cap
- Solar cream (high protection index), face + lips
- Glacier sunglasses (category 4 index) + ski goggles
- 2 technic breathable underclothing with long sleeves (Carline type, no cotton, it is drying too slowly)
- 1 breathable technic undershirt
- 1 thick polar coat
- 1 windproof and waterproof coat (Goretex type)
- 1 pair of windproof mittens (polar or wool)
- 1 pair of windproof gloves (polar or wool)
- 1 pair of technic tights (Carline type)
- 1 pair of comfortable mountain pants
- 1 pair of windproof and waterproof pants (Goretex type)
- 2 pair of socks (one thick, one thin)
- Toilet paper + lighter
- 1 plastic bag (100L) + one upper bag to protect your belongings and backpack from rain
- 1 waterproof sleeve to put your ID, phone, money, insurance/ assistance contract with all your emergency numbers
- You will be carrying your one-day belongings and equipment in a 40L- bag (equipped with ski racks)
- Your personal belongings will stay in the lodge in another bag (travel bag)
- personal medicine
- personal medications
- anti-pain medications (paracetamol)
- elastic adhesive tapes
- local disinfectant
- anti-diarrheal pills
- light tranquilizers and sleeping pills
- Up to 90 days visit in France : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit France.
- Over 90 days visit in France : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit France over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.