Motorhoming in the Alps...

The Haute Maurienne

A bewitching valley, far from the main traffic routes: The Haute Maurienne has kept its formidable natural heritage intact. The edge of the Vanoise nature park is easily accessible from our agency in Lyon.

As you stroll through this superb valley, you will see the pride of the inhabitants, based on the specificity of living in Haute Maurienne. This is something you will quickly understand when you discover its bewitching landscapes. As you follow the course of the Arc, a river born of the mountains, you gradually gain height, Modane being situated at an altitude of 1,000 m and Bonneval-sur-Arc, at the bottom of the valley, at 1,800 m. From this central axis that is the river, many beautiful escapes offer themselves to you, in the direction of the passes or the Vanoise Park. Created in 1968, this immense protected area, located between the Haute Maurienne and Tarentaise valleys (to the north) is a great playground for hikers, cyclists and lovers of wildlife.

Nearby, the pleasant village of Aussois seduces for its shops, its hiking and mountain bike trails, and in winter its magnificent ski area. A pretty winding road, crossing the Cembro pine woods, leads you to a geological curiosity of the first order: the monolith of Sardières, an astonishing point of limestone rock, 93 m high. 

Local specialities await you in Bessans, famous for its sewn ham. The town is also famous for its devils. After Bessans, the valley becomes narrower and wilder. One is won over by an impression of being at the end of the world. Here you are at the bottom of the valley, with the only escape route being the road that climbs up to the Col de l'Iseran, which at 2,770 m is the highest in Europe. Closed in winter, it leads to the Tarentaise, Val d'Isère and Moutiers.

The highlight of your foray into this "fantastic valley" is the charming village of Bonneval-sur-Arc. With its stone houses covered with lauze roofs, this village is one of the most beautiful villages in France. It has kept intact all its timeless cachet. A timeless incursion to be coupled with the suspended hamlet of l'Ecot. You are here at the source of the Arc. An ideal starting point for hikers, who will take advantage of the many refuges located at high altitude. Once up there, you will be seized by the silence and majesty that emanate from the mountains.