Back hike

94 - Mont Thabor and its refuge

valfrejus-mont-thabor - Baptiste Thomas

Dreaming of a 3,000 m but never dared? Le Thabor is waiting for you! For those in good physical condition, this technically easy route takes you into the magical world of high mountains, with their majestic mineral landscapes.


Leaving the Lavoir, the first ascent on a track is a little steep, but you'll soon forget all about it when you reach the Loza water intake. The path winds through the alpine pastures, from chalet to chalet, amidst Tarines chewing on soft grass and wild flowers. Planted at the foot of Mont-Thabor, which serves as its backdrop, the refuge quietly awaits hikers needing a break on the shores of Lac Sainte-Marguerite and Lac Long. The trail then glides over the Col de la Vallée Étroite before climbing to Lac Peyron and Col des Méandes. The atmosphere becomes more lunar, and the fullness of the site envelops you as you make your way to the chapel, where French and Italian pilgrims gather every year. Once you've reached the summit, enjoy the wide-open spaces offered by Le Thabor, with its stunning views of the high peaks of the Alps, from Viso to La Meije. Yes, it's a long hike, but you'll come away with a head full of grandiose images. A real bath of serenity on this giant of stone!


  • Mountain view
  • In the mountains
  • Presence of herds and guard dogs


Free access.


  • Distance 24km
  • Type of route Round trip
  • Elevation gain 1500m
  • Daily duration 08h30
  • Marked itinerary Yes
  • Nature of the land Rock, Pebbles, Earth, Not suitable for strollers
  • Maximum altitude 3178m

Opening period

From 01/07 to 01/10.

Subject to snow conditions.

Additional opening

  • Subject to snow conditions

Spoken languages

  • French


Park on the parking lot of the Lavoir by the carriageway.


Pets allowed : Yes

Animals accepted with supplement : No

Pets allowed on leash only.

Topo/step by step

  • To guide you in the field, consult the "step-by-step" directional diagram provided in pdf.

94 - Mont Thabor and its refuge
Parking du Lavoir 73500 Valfréjus
  • Distance 24km
  • Daily duration 08h30
  • Elevation gain 1500m
  • Type of route Round trip
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