Visit the Three Valleys for a Hiking Holiday

April 27, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Travel & Leisure

Whether your idea of walking in the mountains is a gentle ramble or a three day hike, Hiking Trois Vallees has something for everyone.

Whether your idea of walking in the mountains is a gentle ramble or a three day hike, Hiking Trois Vallees has something for everyone.

The three valleys has hundreds of kilometres of beautiful, mapped out walking trails, and quite a few of these link to the ski lifts. For those of you who may be more adventurous, try longer hikes into the Vanoise National Park, including a stay over night in a refuge. The local Mountain Guides Office offer group walks with the aid of a guide, glacier hikes, and individual, longer hikes.

Hiking in Méribel in the Trois Vallees provides 20 kilometers of prepared hiking trails which link to specific villages. A few of these trails are circular, for the other trails it would be necessary to return via bus or ski lift. Hiking in Meribel, only one walk is flat (around the Lac Tueda above Mottaret) so hills will be encountered.

Hiking Trois Vallees, is a must for any enthusiastic hiker. During the winter season a network of groomed walking trails enables hikers to make the most of this area and its fabulous surrounding areas by foot.

When the snow melts in springtime, you will discover that, the opportunity to walk further becomes wider, with over 500km of walking paths in the Three Valleys. Easy to map pathways take you over pastures & through forests, to summits that will take your breath away, also beautiful mountain lakes & working farms, and into the nearby Vanoise National Park. You will find that some ski-lifts will still be open to anyone who wishes to hike in the Trois Vallees, enabling you to get to the summits and valleys. Lift tickets can be bought by the trip, day or week.

Hiking in the Three Valleys, you should make the most of 2 free protected areas: Méribel’s Tueda Nature Reserve, as well as the Vanoise National Park. The Tueda Reserve stretches from the Tueda lake just above Mottaret to the head of the valley as well as the Gebrolaz glacier. This offers hikers fantastic untouched scenery. A special botanical walk allows hikers to pinpoint 80 varieties of alpine flora there is also a free centre for visitors (Maison de la Réserve) providing information about the local environment, and the flowers & animals. Hiking in Méribel you will be taken to one of the gate ways to the Vanoise National Park, a far reaching & protected mountainous area which stretches to the Italian border. If you are looking to go hiking Trois Vallees there are nearly 500km of marked out walks and you will find these can be explored as either a day trip or longer hike staying in some of the 50 refuges in the mountains. (Observe that it is not permitted to camp or take dogs).

The trails are not difficult and are accessible to all walkers with suitable equipment. The Mountain Guides Office (Bureau des Guides) offers a variety of guided outings, mostly taking place in the national park. A children’s club is also available: Les Castors Juniors’ club gives kids from 6-12 their first experience of the mountains and nature.

Hiking in Méribel can be enjoyed throughout the year. With winter walks in Jan, Feb & March (in April the trails melt). In June, there are not too many walkers & the best wild flowers. July and August mark the official Méribel summer season this is when the resort is full of fun activities and plenty to entertain you. Ski Trois Vallees lifts are open at these times too. Not forgetting September & October, these months are often beautiful with glorious autumn colours and the mountains are again very quiet.

Hiking Les Trois Vallees top tips:

• Start out gently, Build up daily to higher & longer walks.

• Invest in some ‘grippers’ for the base of your boots, saving you slipping on snow.

• Make sure you pack lots of water & high energy bars & snacks.

• Look at the weather forecast before attempting any walk. You will find this posted at Méribel Tourist Office everyday.

• A high factor sun cream is a must all year round. Reapply at least every two hours.

• The weather can change quickly in the mountains, so bring a fleece and waterproof jacket with you even on sunny days.

• Tell someone where you will be going, and when you are expected back. In an emergency call 112

I hope this article helps anyone thinking about Hiking the Trois Vallees. If you find that you are looking for Trois Vallees Accommodation, you will be spoilt for choice there is fairly priced Chalets Trois Vallees or Ski Holiday Accommodation along with Luxury Chalet Accommodation Three Valleys.

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