Lac de Pramol in Albanne
In Savoie, at the heart of the Maurienne valley, enjoy a great day out at Lac de Pramol, a lake between the village of Albanne and the resort of Les Karellis. In winter, this is a spot for snow-shoeing and in summer for hiking or trout fishing. Come and see it.
A little piece of paradise, at an altitude of 1760 m
To visit this small mountain lake, head for the village of Albanne, 40 km from our holiday residence in Saint-Colomban-des-Villards, in the Maurienne valley. Lac de Pramol is easy to access and boasts a great panorama over the Massif des Encombres and the Aiguilles d'Arves. At an altitude of 1760 m, the lake's waters reflect the imposing Croix des Têtes, the highest limestone cliff in Europe.
Take it easy and enjoy nature with perfect peace of mind
To visit the Lac de Pramol, you should park your car at the side of the road, just after the stream. This is where the Blanchon Path begins. Blanchon is the nickname of our local mountain hare. A delightful forest slope lined with larch trees leads to the Lac de Pramol after about an hour's walk. It's not too long or too difficult with children. In spring and summer, the path is accessible on foot or by bike. In winter, people put on their skis or snowshoes and ski down the groomed path to see the lake in its icy setting. Along the way there are signs giving information about local fauna and flora. With a little luck, you might spot a marmot, a mountain hare or a chamois, the animals symbolising Savoie.
- On the way you can enjoy the view over the Croix des Têtes, the peat bog, the gypsum dissolution cavity and the waterfall near the path between Albanne and Albannette.
- Duration: 2 hrs, distance: 2 km, duration: 2 hrs (there & back)
A small mountain lake, ideal for fishing
Your holiday at the Lac de Pramol will also be a chance to get out the fishing rod. The small mountain lake is a favourite with trout fishermen. You can rent fishing equipment on site. People often spend the whole day here. For the lunch break, the Lac de Pramol has plenty of picnic spots, as well as a barbecue to grill your meat. Did you know? Lac de Pramol (which means "soft meadow" in the Savoyard dialect) was once marshland surrounded by a peat bog. The natural dyke only rose relatively recently to form the lake. Nearby, you can still see a dissolution funnel that is partly filled in.