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Vanoise / Haute Maurienne
Parc National de la Vanoise
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R123 Refuge de La Leisse » Termignon-la-Vanoise
  |   5h15   |   20 km   |   369 m   |   1543 m

On leaving the Leisse hut at the heart of the Vanoise national park, this stage takes the GR® 55 and then the GR® 5 trail. It crosses several historical sites (bridges, chapels, etc.), the Entre-Deux-Eaux hut and the the Plan-du-Lac national park gate hut. Next, it heads down to Termignon, the stage destination, having cut across some hairpin bends and then taking a paved trail.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Refuge de La Leisse
2488 m
| D  5.3 km / 1h10
Pont de Croé-Vie
2101 m
| D  1.2 km / 0h15
Refuge d'Entre-deux-Eaux
2133 m
| D  0.7 km / 0h10
Pont de La Renaudière
2048 m
| D  2.5 km / 1h00
Refuge de Plan du Lac
2376 m
|   2 km / 0h25
Parking de Bellecombe
2317 m
| D  1 km / 0h15
Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite
2209 m
| D  1.1 km / 0h20
Oratoire Saint-Antoine
2027 m
| C  3.7 km / 1h15
Pont du Châtelard
1359 m
| C  2.5 km / 0h25
1325 m
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  • Gigi - 2020-09-05
    REFUGE D'ENTRE DEUX EAUX/ peu habitué à publier des commentaires, je vous mets en garde concernant l'accueil dur, voir désagréable des gardiens.
    Attitude suffisante qui prend les randonneurs de haut. Pour le reste, nourriture bonne et propreté impeccable
  • Berta - 2018-08-02
    Im Refuge de Plan du Lac bekannten wir keinen Platz. Eine sehr gute und schöne Alternative ist wenn man bis zum Parkplatz Bellecombe absteigt und dann ca.40 min zum Refugio du Lac Blanc (Tel. 0682381198, geht, ist gut beschildert. Es ist kaum ein Umweg, da man nächsten Tag von dort absteigen kann und wieder auf die Via Alpina trifft. Wir waren alleine im Lager und man kann zum See gehen und dort schwimmen, das Wasser war nicht kalt!!!! Lager mit Halbpension 43€
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    We have no place in the Refuge de Plan du Lac. A very good and nice alternative is if you go down to the parking Bellecombe and then about 40 minutes to Refugio du Lac Blanc (Tel 0682381198,, is well signposted. It is hardly a detour, because you can get off the next day from there and meet again on the Via Alpina. We were alone in the camp and you can go to the lake and swim, the water was not cold !!!! Camp with half board 43 €
  • frankie9594 - 2018-02-21
    Monaco- Trieste

    Trail is east to follow. Plenty of rocks between "Refuge d'Entre Deux Eaux" and "Refuge de la Leisse" be careful of steep drop offs and water coming down the mountain, blocking the trail. "Refuge de la Leisse" was a very welcoming place, maybe the better of the other two refuges.
  • Daniel - 2015-09-16
    Refuge Entre Deaux Eaux is proudly owned by the same family for over 100 years.
    See the pictorial boards inside showing the history.
    Very welcome atmosphere by the elderly gardiennes, well recommended!
    Stay an extra day and go up the breath-taking beautiful Col de Vanoise (view on the nearby glacier) as a days outing.
  • Alpinisten - 2015-08-16
    Das Refuge d´Entre Deux -Eaux ist der perfekte Zielort für diese wunderschöne Etappe, Ref. du Plan du Lac ist aber auch noch zu schaffen.
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    The Refuge d'Entre Deux -Eaux is the perfect destination for this beautiful stage, Ref du Plan. Du Lac is also to create more.
  • tof - 2015-02-11
    Trieste-Monaco le 25/09/14

    Belle journée dans un vallon sauvage. Etape longue. Refuge entre 2 eaux fermé, refuge du plan du lac ouvert.

    Arrivé à Termignon, camping "les Mélézes" OUVERT ! Camping le moins cher de ma traversée. Super accueil, la gestionnaire m'a déposé au supermarché (2kms) car à Termignon pas grand chose d'ouvert pour le ravitaillement.

    camping: 04 79 20 41 51
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 09/25/14 Beautiful day in a wild valley. Long Step. Refuge from 2 closed waters, the open plan refuge lake. Arrived at Termignon, camping "larches" OPEN! Camping cheapest of my journey. Super welcome, manager dropped me at the supermarket (2kms) because Termignon no big thing open for refueling. Camping: 04 79 20 41 51
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-18
    Monaco - Trieste

    Refuge de la Leisse his very well located and the actual keeper Celine is worth knowing.
    Probably less tourists and still a mounatin spirit at refuge de la Leisse than the 2 others (plan du lac, entre 2 eaux on the via alpina) or refuge du col de la Vanoise (huge ugly refuge built for the masses) if coming from Pralognan
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-04-04
    I've spent the night in "Refuge de Plan du Lac". It's a modern hut with convenient accommodations and very kind hosts. They also offer a hot shower.
Last update : 2019-12-17