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Sunday 23 June updated on 06-23-2024 at 8:06

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Walks & Hikes

Walking alone is a chance to dream and admire the scenery while enjoying the silence offered by wide open spaces.

Walking in a group becomes a moment for sharing and conversation. You can be accompanied by professionals who will be there to offer advice and show you our area and its hidden treasures.

When choosing the route which suits you best, you must take account of the weather, your physical fitness and, of course, your wishes. Take the time to gather information to discover all the opportunities on offer to you.

The free walking map will show you the routes in the les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry, Villaroger and Bourg Saint Maurice sector. Also available to you is an IGN (UK= Ordonnance Survey) 1/35th scale map and the topographical map with more than de 60 marked routes on the les Arcs-Bourg Saint Maurice slope and the versant du Soleil. On sale in Tourist Offices.

Walks & Hikes

Les 5 lacs

Peace and cool of the mountain lakes. These 5 high-altitude lakes, whose names are associated with a colour or shape, are a wonderful discovery! WARNING: HUNTING SEASON OPEN FROM 10/09 TO 28/01 Military detachment present near Fort de la Platte on Wed 27 & Thu 28/09. No shooting planned.

Level red – hard
5.1 km 667m D+ 44m D-

Durée : 4h
Altitude moyenne : 2248m
Altitude maximum : 2529m
Type de parcours : Aller-retour

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Right from the start, the tone is set: what are these forts doing in such isolated locations, far from the main traffic routes? Is it to keep access to an incredible site secret? This could be true, as the route to the five lakes is so attractive: imagine starting from the forts, where a herd of goats is there to inspect you....then it's a beautiful ascent to the mountain pastures, where you'll see the last immaculate snow-covered slopes: chamois and ibex should be in the game under the Aiguille de Terrassin, where they love to bask. Then you arrive at the first glacial lake, "Esola", which means "starry lake". It would be a shame to stop there without discovering Lake Riondet (round!), Lake Cornu (horn-shaped), the beautiful green lake ("Verdet") and then the largest of them all: Lake Noir. The atmosphere is mineral and you'll have to go back down to appreciate the beautiful, fragrant mountain flora. Back at the fort, drinks and goat's cheese tasting for all!

Opening period

From 01/06 to 01/11.


Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


L'itinéraire est balisé.

Précisions balisage

Yellow sign.

Descriptif « pas à pas »

Départ : parking en contre bas du Fort de La Platte : possibilité de déguster le fromage de Mme Pichot

1/ Prendre le sentier qui sélève dans les prés ou les biquettes profitent du soleil matinal

2/ Rejoindre le Col de Forclaz sans difficultés qui surplombe un large marécage alimenté par le ruisseau du même nom.

3/ Descendre quelques mètres puis remonter par le sentier de droite au Lac Esola.

4/ Continuer sur le chemin étroit pour arriver aux lacs Riondet, Cornu et Verdet.

5/ Le 5 ème et dernier lac, le lac noir, se trouve juste au dessus.