Summer hikes from Les Menuires
Want to go hiking ? Discover the closest trails to Hameau de la Sapinière in Les Menuires.
You have chosen to get away from it all and enjoy the fresh air of Les Menuires for this summer, a very good choice. Discover the pleasure of walking on some paths, discovering beautiful landscapes close to your flat Chalet du Hameau de la Sapinière.
The ideal family walk
If you are with your family and simply want to walk around the fauna and flora of the village, we advise you to walk around the lake located at the bottom of the resort at Les Bruyères.
Three routes are possible:
- In the soft version, you can take a free shuttle from the Montagnette stop Sapinière to the restaurant Le Setor. In addition to the restaurant, you will find a small chapel, Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde, built in 1776, but also picnic tables, barbecues available and even public toilets!
This pleasant walk follows the river, the Doron, and is accessible with a stroller. An easy 900-meter circuit along the water's edge and without any difference in level, in the middle of the vegetation and the groves. Bonus : An orientation course has been set up by the Tourist Office. Pick up your itinerary at the mountain house on the Croisette, answer questions while walking around the water and maybe win some gifts from the resort!
- For the more experienced, another loop, of a little more than 3 kilometers, allows a longer discovery but requires some additional efforts in the climb.
- In hiking mode, you can follow the circuit n°6 (Circuit du plan d'eau) which starts at the foot of the Télécabine de la pointe de la Masse, accessible from La Croisette via the telebennes. A circuit of 5 km round trip, for 2 hours of walking and 40 meters of difference in altitude.
The Shepherd's Path
It is a must for easy walks between the resort of Les Menuires and Val Thorens, with a breathtaking view of the peaks of the Belleville Valley.
Starting from the district of Les Bruyères, you will take the laces that will lead you to a road with a balcony on the top of the valley. After a 10 minute walk you will reach the access road to the resort of Val Thorens. Stay on your right, and go down to the hairpin bend. Cross and take the road going up. After 2 hairpin bends you will have a big straight line going up. You will pass by the famous pilgrimage site of the Vallée des Belleville, Chez Pépé Nicolas , where you can admire the farm animals, buy local products or even have a bite to eat. Walk to the bench after the 3 small chalets on your right below. Then you will walk a loop with every 100 metres a remarkable point: hayloft, cairn village, old wall, etc.
Soft version : for a more accessible walk, we advise you to take the free shuttle to Val Thorens. You can then get off at the parking lot of "Chez Pépé Nicolas" and enjoy a 1.5 km walk.
The unavoidable Lake Lou
Don't miss the largest and most beautiful lake in the Belleville valley, in a valley without any ski lifts. Above the Lac du Lou, the access to the Pierre Blanche lake is also marked out.
The starting point is located at the Plan de l'Eau des Bruyères car park (accessible by free shuttle bus from the Montagnettes Sapinière stop). This hike of about 5km for 2 hours promises you a nice show. There is a refuge where you can eat or simply have a drink in the sun to take a break from your journey.
The circuit of the Lacs des Menuires
This loop of about 6h30 will take you the whole day, so it's ideal to plan a picnic or a stop in a high altitude restaurant. During 9km, you will carry out a difference in altitude of 812m allowing you to arrive at an altitude of 2532m with an impregnable view on the valley.
The starting point is the La Masse 1 gondola lift. After a zigzag ascent in front of Les Menuires, you will make a detour to Le Teurre to enjoy a beautiful view of the Belleville valley. Then the trail follows a very pleasant route, passing smoothly from one lake to another.
Les Menuires and Val Thorens are part of the Belleville Valley. You can stay in Les Menuires while enjoying the infrastructures of Val Thorens and the numerous walks.
Find all the pedestrian itineraries during the summer on the website of the resort of Les Menuires.