Protecting the natural environment for more than 50 years…

Created in 1963, Vanoise National Park covers the mountain range between the Tarentaise Valley to the north and the Maurienne Valley to the south. Extending to the Italian border, it shares a 14 kilometer boundary with Italy’s Grand Paradis National Park, sister park since 1972. The two parks make up the largest natural protected area in Western Europe. 

Pralognan is one of the main gateways to this natural Wonder.

Located between the high valleys of Maurienne and Tarentaise, the Vanoise National Park contains high mountains, reaching a peak of 3000 m, on which a lot of glaciers still exist, and also valleys opening towards wide passes easily accessible.

The mountain range, sheltered from the oceanic rains by the Prealps and the Belledonne chain, is located in a little watered and sunny area.

The variety of its rocks (chalky, gypsum, sandstone, quartzite, schist, micaschist, gneiss...) is linked to a very complex geological structure, an altitudinal range and a position of climate crossroad which contribute to the remarkable geological, floristic and faunic richness of the mountain range.

Department : Savoie

Area : Heart : 535 km²

400 km of marked paths

Altitude in the heart : the highest : 3855 m (La Grande Casse) and the lowest : 1280 m

Joint limit with the Parco nazionale Gran Paradiso : 14 km.

The whole Parc national de la Vanoise - Parco nazionale Gran paradiso forms one of the biggest protected area of Western Europe, with 1250 km² . The two parks have been twins since 1972.

For more information, you can go to the park's website : http://www.vanoise-parcnational.fr/fr

Maison de la Vanoise

Salt road museum exhibit

Learn about the history of the Salt Road, which stretches from Pralognan-la-Vanoise to Termignon. In the 13th century, crossing Col de la Vanoise Pass (now within the National Park) was the shortest route for transporting salt from the Moutiers salt mines to Italy. Thus, the "Salt Road" was born. A trade route that saw merchants, pilgrims, vendors, the military, and then hikers and mountain climbers… The exhibit starts with a large aerial map 8 meters long. The tale is interspersed with 11 stations each focusing on a specific aspect of life on this road, such as the chapels, chalets, flora and fauna… The tactile model of a mountain, with different figurines to place, is a learning tool for children and to enjoy the exhibit as a family. Local personalities provide video testimonials of their experience and the professions connected to the Salt Road. For those who would like to learn more, in-depth sheets provide more details on the themes of the exhibit. Through window displays hosting natural species, everyone can see close up what a ptarmigan, a black grouse, a marmot, or even a snow hare looks like.


All season long, photo expos and a chance to meet the artists.
Photo expo on the bearded vulture.
Photo expo and exhibit on climate change.
Photo expo on the retreat of glaciers in the Alps.

Observing local fauna

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, meet with park rangers to observe local fauna.

Maison de la Vanoise 

Everyday from June 24, through September 13, 2020

10:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 19:00 

Contact: +33(0)4 79 08 71 49

The Tour of the Vanoise glaciers 

is one of the finest and most iconic hiking trails in the Alps.  The itinerary, at the heart of the Vanoise National Park, can be created "à la carte" over a period of 4 to 7 days, according to the route chosen.

Download topo : The Tour of the Vanoise glaciers

The huts near Pralognan

The National park of Vanoise has signed a decree about bivouac in the park.

1) Bivouac is authorised on the following sites : 

- Municipality of Aussois : the Dent Parrachée and the Fond d'Aussois mountain huts

- Municipality of Bonneval-sur-Arc : the Carro mountain hut

- Municipality of Champagny-en-Vanoise : the Glière mountain hut

- Municipality of Peisey-Nancroix : the Col du Palet mountain hut

- Municipality of Pralognan-la-Vanoise : the Valette mountain hut

- Municipality of Saint-Bon Tarentaise : the Lacs Merlet mountain hut

- Municipality of Termignon : the Arpont, Femma & Leisse mountain huts

- Municipality of Val d'Isère : the Fond des Fours mountain hut .

In the following cumulative conditions :

- In a light tent not allowing the standing position

- On the sites indicated for this purpose, in the limit of the accomodation capacity of those places

- During the summer season caretaking of each of the huts, between June 1st and September 30th

- Between 7 pm and 8 am

- For one night only close to the chosen mountain hut

People camping must see the mountain hut manager at their arrival in order to be told their spot.

Activities of the week

Discover the activities of Maison de la Vanoise in the Petit Journal upon your arrival!