22 August 2020
Vanoise National Park (Parc national de la Vanoise), is a located between the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys in the French Alps. It was created in 1963, and is the first French national park. The Vanoise National Park boasts spectacular views of jagged peaks, stunning glaciers, lush meadows, and even a historic salt road.
The park itself covers a vast landscape where everything is protected: fauna, flora and rock. On the Italian side of the border, the park is continued by the Gran Paradiso National Park. Together, these two parks cover over 1250 km², making the area the largest alpine national park. It really is an area of infinite discovery and wonder!
For children, the park allows you to meet many marmots; for the sportsmen it is full of splendid paths; and for photographers the sublime views of the peak… In short, a compendium of superb sites with something for everyone.
Wildlife and plants
The Park of La Vanoise was created in 1963, its mission was to save the Ibex. While walking, you will no doubt see marmots, ibexes and chamois. There are over 2,000 ibexes and 5,000 chamois living in the protected wilderness. The alpine chamois, like the ibex, spend most of the year above the tree line. They descend the snow line in early spring and late fall to enjoy the grass uncovered by the ice and snow.
The Vanoise National Park is home to a wealth of indigenous flora and fauna which you may well also be able to spot. Smaller mammals such as stoats, and of course the notorious marmots whose piercing cries will catch your attention. Wolves, Eurasian lynx, mountain hare, badger, ermine and weasel are some other animals living in the cols and valleys of the Vanoise.
There are more than 100 bird species in this wonderful, protected area, from birds of prey such as vultures and the golden eagle to black woodpeckers, nutcrackers, choughs and black grouses.
In addition, you will discover a wide-ranging flora: edelweiss, blue thistle, sabot de Vénus (the largest orchid in Europe) and many other species.