Facts About Grande Casse
Grande Casse is a mountain found at the Vanoise range in Savoie, France. Standing at 3855m above sea level. This is the range’s highest point. The peak is occasionally noted as Vanoise’s answer to the Mont Blanc massif’s king of white peaks, the Mont Blanc. Hikers enjoy trekking by the north face since it is easy compared to some peaks in adjacent massifs.
How to get to the peak of Grande Casse?
So you are driving from the Geneva Airport, for example. Google Maps teach you how by clicking here. Summit Post has an alternative though. Drive towards Albertville via A43. Drive at least 27km on Route de Tarentaise towards Moutiers next. You will reach Brides les Bains to the right. Reach Bozel and Pralognan next 26km after. There is a parking lot by Pralognan in Les Fontanettes. Prepare for the uphill climb by foot.
Traverse the teleski along the GR55 trail. You will get to Cabane des Barmettes at 2010m above sea level. Cross the Glière torrent. Reach Chalets de la Glière. Climb towards the Pont de Chanton first and the Lac des Vaches next. Pass by the left side to reach the Aiguille de la Vanoise. You get to Refuge du Col de la Vanoise at this point. Stop over for the night to prepare for the early morning climb.
Getting to the summit takes you from the hut to the stonefield. This leads you to Glacier des Grand Couloirs. Reach for the tong at the right shore to go up. Turn left to traverse over several crevasses. Get to the middle of the glacier to walk towards the right bank. Reach the Col des Grand Couloirs. The main peak is just right behind this landmark. Enjoy the view of the entire French Alps from this spot.
What to expect at Grande Casse?
The path along Lac des Vaches turns into an icy swamp in June. This is the first part of summer. Summer in this area spans from June to September. Campsites at Le Chamois and Le Parc Isertan offer alternatives to the huts as stop overs. For details, contact Parc de la Vanoise at 04 79 62 30 54.