Hiking itinerary : Le Lac des Pierres Blanches from Plan Bois


A lovely hike with stunning views
Olivier Allamand

A lovely cool, peaceful walk through the forest where you can pick blueberries and mushrooms according to the season, and see animals before arriving at Lac des Pierres Blanches where you can enjoy the superb view of our beautiful valley whilst picnicking by the side of the lake.

Guidebook with maps/step-by-step

Lac Noir Gondola departure

1/ At the gondola exit, turn right (P), pass under the Lac Noir gondola line and follow the path which remains on the mountainside and then leads to a forest track (P).
2/ Climb to the right to reach a flat area.
3/ Follow the flat forest track to the crossroads (P).
4/ Keep right, the forest road crosses a ski slope and continues for about 1 km.
5/ Leave the forest road (P), take a path which climbs to the right and leads to a small plateau (P). The trail then turns left and crosses the entire length of the plateau.
6/ The path is lightly marked in places, but soon reappears before a short climb leading to a meadow (P).
7/ A white stone path accompanies you on the right and climbs up to the small road (P).
8/ Turn right, passing between a large chalet and the arrival of the chairlift.
9/ A path (P) takes you in 50 m. to the lake on the right.

P = signpost on the circuit

The return journey follows the same route and takes about the same amount of time. If you've taken the Lac Noir gondola, be sure to ask what time the chairlift closes, and allow a little time for your return.


You can drive to Plan Bois.
From Les Coches, take the road to Les Bauches valley (speed limit 30 km/h). Go past the Vanoise Express and continue along the road to a junction marked "Le Sauget" and turn right (speed limit 30 km/h) to take you past Le Sauget and Les Praizes to the end of the road at Plan Bois (chalet Chez Laurette)
Walk up a track to the left towards a covered ski carpet and, from there, you will see the gondola or the chairlift and you can start the hike.


From 29/06 to 31/08/2024.


Free of charge.

Contact et accès
Plan Bois 1885m
73210 Montchavin-les-Coches
Savoie (73)
Informations complémentaires
  • Picnic area
  • Orientation board
  • Acceptés : Dogs are welcome, but beware of herds of cows and sheep in alpine pastures - they must be kept on a leash.
À propos de la randonnée
  • Type : Aller-retour
  • Dénivelé positif : 245 m
  • Dénivelé négatif : 245 m
  • Altitude Max. : 2118 m
  • Distance : 16 Km
  • Length : 3H
  • Niveau de difficulté : Moderé
  • Balisage : oui
  • Balisage : The trail is signposted with white background and blue writing

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