Summer in the Alps, Three Valleys

Summer Hiking in Courchevel

by Fiona Bell | 26th June 2023

Joining us in La Tania this summer and looking for some great hikes to do!?  Here’s a few of our favourites in the Courchevel Valley!

Dent du Villard, 2284m

Starting from the stunning Lac de la Rosière near Moriond (Courchevel 1650), this 10km loop climbs one of Courchevel’s most emblematic mountains.  The mountain stands out with it’s white colour due to it’s gypsum geology; the permeable mineral which is partly soluble under rainwater has created a unique landscape.  The peak at Dent du Villard offers amazing views across the Vanoise massif and over towards Mont Blanc.  With over 800m elevation gain, the route is generally considered quite challenging, but remains one of the most popular hikes in the area.

Click here to view the route on All Trails.

Lac de la Rosière at the base of Dent du Villard (credit: Découvrir Les Alpes)

Col de la Loze, 2,304m

This is a great hike for so many people as there’s various routes and the option to make it longer or shorter!  If you’re feeling super energetic, you can hike directly from La Tania – the main route heads up via Circuit des Teppes and Dos des Branches.

However, we won’t judge if you take the La Tania gondola up from resort level and start from the Bout Blanc, heading up the ski runs.  The gondola is open daily (but closes for lunch!) for summer 2023, and is free to use.  Keep an ear out for Marmot squeaks in the rocky area above the Bouc Blanc – you’ll hear them before you see them!

From the top of Col de la Loze, enjoy the incredible views over the Meribel valley and beyond.  Lac Bleu near the top offers a chance for a well-earned refreshing dip! If you’ve still got anything left in the legs once you reach the col, continue up the zig zag path which takes you above Lac Bleu and to the summit of Rocher de la Loze.

For a slightly less steep ascent of the col, there is also the option to start from Courchevel 1850 take the Verdons gondola up the valley, and then head up the Col de la Loze cycle route.

Col de la Loze (credit: Fiona Bell)

Petit Mont Blanc, 2,677 m

A much longer hike at over 20km, the out-and-back trail starts at the hamlet of Belvédère (Route des Avals) just above Courchevel 1650.  The beautiful route first follows the stream heading through wide open pastures in the Vallon de la Rosière, before starting to climb.  Reaching the summit of Petit Mont Blanc requires a good level of fitness thanks to the elevation gain of over a vertical kilometre, but it’s totally worth it for the incredible 360º panoramas of the Glaciers of the Vanoise massif you’ll get at the top!

Click here to view the route on All Trails.

Orientation Table at Petit Mont Blanc Summit (credit: Fiona Bell)

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There’s not much that Fiona doesn’t know about ski holidays. A catered chalet guest since the tender age of 3, she’s also done just about every job in resort. A mine of useful information, you can count on Fiona for recommendations, top tips and straightforward, no-nonsense advice.

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