Between freedom and respect: the art of responsible bivouac in the heart of the Vanoise National Park

To try the adventure of bivouacking in the Vanoise National Park is to go and meet an unspoilt and grandiose nature. More than 400 kilometres of prepared trails go around the high altitude lakes, through the rhododendron moors and across the mountain pastures. Beyond the coniferous forests, good climbers can tackle the glacial expanses. The more contemplative hikers will surely have the chance to observe ibexes or to catch the majestic flight of the bearded vulture. So if you feel like pushing back the walls of your flat or if your legs get excited at the sight of the smallest patch of grass, the return of the fine weather will whet your appetite for the great outdoors!
    THE RECIPE FOR BIVOUACKING IN VANOISE MODE
     
    The Vanoise National Park offers a unique space for lovers of freedom and escape. This exceptional territory must be explored with respect. So before sleeping in the middle of nature, it is advisable to respect a few good practices! Because in the Parc de la Vanoise, bivouacs are to be enjoyed in a responsible manner with rules of use to be known. To avoid any discomfiture, we give you the essential ingredients... We count on you to scrupulously respect our recipe because it is only at this price that the adventure of bivouacking can continue to be enjoyed in our mountains!

    A TOUCH OF CONCESSIONS BEFORE THE GREAT ESCAPE
     
    Those of you who like rooms with a view will be delighted! Tonight, you will pitch your tent in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Alps, facing peaks approaching 4,000 m in altitude. But be aware that in the heart of the Vanoise National Park, bivouacking is authorised from 1st June to 30th September and only in the immediate vicinity of certain refuges.
    There are 23 huts that welcome you by reservation (see the list here), in exchange for a small fee (5 euros per person). No Everest-inspired base camp here! Unlike wilderness camping, only compact and light tents are allowed, from 7pm to 8am.
      FOR A 100% RESPONSIBLE ADVENTURE, UNDER THE COVER OF REFUGES
       
      Unlike most protected areas, the Vanoise National Park is distinguished by its extensive network of high altitude accommodation: whatever the route, you are always sure to find a refuge. This is an additional advantage for the wild environment: no pollution or damage caused by the widespread installation of bivouacs. Thus preserved, nature is all the more majestic. A good reason not to pitch your tent just anywhere!

      ... WITH THE TASTE OF A NEW FREEDOM
       
      For one night or a multi-day itinerary, the Park gives you the opportunity to set off in the best possible conditions, provided you book your bivouac in advance. Bivouacs are authorised near the participating huts, in a site identified for this purpose. Don't worry, there are no marked areas! The free and independent spirits will be able to commune with nature while having access to a few amenities:
      • Access to the non-sac room and the refuge's sanitary facilities,
      • Reservation possible for half-board. You walk with a light bag and a light mind!
      • A bivouac pack is available in some huts, including a tent, blankets and mattresses.
       
      A real plus: the hut warden will be happy to assist you, share his knowledge of the mountain and enrich your experience. Handy when you need a weather report or hiking advice! So, ready to enjoy the experience?
        THE RECIPE IN BRIEF
         
        23 REFUGES
        It's here and nowhere else! Reservations are required as places are limited.
         
        WHEN?
        From 1 June to 30 September. The tent must be set up and taken down between 7pm and 8am.
         
        THE TENT
        It must be light and compact and not allow standing.
         
        5 EUROS
        This is the amount of the fee to be paid with access to certain services of the refuge.
         
         
        Editing: Vanoise National Park / Scrivacom
        Photo credits: Bérengère Vallat and Mylène Herrmann