'Refuge du Plan du Lac.’
One of the best ways to enjoy a hike high up in the Vanoise national park, without a long climb to begin with, is by first taking the car from Termignon, in the Haute Maurienne, to the Bellecombe parking. From there it is an easy walk to the Refuge du Plan du Lac, a mountain hut in splendid surroundings, overlooking the glaciers of the Vanoise. There you can have lunch before continuing the hike. Photo Paul Smit.