This Collection takes you on a magnificent adventure in the heart of France’s Écrins National Park. Over 11 stages, you can spend the nights in huts as well as nights under the canvas and ramble amongst the highest summits of the park.
This hike requires good fitness and hiking experience as the altitude gain is significant and several stages cross particularly remote, wild landscapes. You’ll be able to restock your supplies in various places on the way, but it’s important to manage your food supplies to last the whole trip.
From valleys to summits and waterfalls to torrents, each stage has its own surprises. During this expedition, you can seek out a wide range of wildlife, including two of the most emblematic of our alpine massifs: the wolf and the marmot!
From a practical point of view, you’ll start and finish your adventure in the town of Bourg-d'Oisans. You can get there from Grenoble by bus, run by Transisère. Bring lightweight equipment if you can; only what you need because the distance and altitude will soon remind you of any extra kilos in your bag. However, don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars so you can spot birds and animals!
For bus lines running from Grenoble to Le Bourg-d'Oisans : carsisere.auvergnerhonealpes.fr/en
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Last updated: April 18, 2023
This adventure through the Ecrins massif is certainly one of the most popular hikes. It begins in the center of Bourg-d'Oisans, which can be reached from Grenoble by the Transisère 3000 bus line. Nestled at the foot of Alpe d'Huez, this small town offers many outdoor activities and cultural.
This second day is placed under the sign of adventure and has some nice surprises in store for you, in particular the passage of a suspended footbridge!
Back on the GR, you have arrived in Besse, a charming little village with an evocative saying! "Who has not seen Besse et Emparis has seen nothing…
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Take advantage of La Grave to replenish your water and food reserves, there will be many passes and several of the next days will be done in total autonomy in the middle of the valleys and summits.
From La Grave, the first ten kilometers take place on the slopes of the Pic de l'Homme to lead you along…
You resume your way on the GR towards Monêtier-les-Bains. From the Roman era, the sources of the village attracted the envy of the Romans who established baths there in order to benefit from the healing properties of spring waters. La Guisane takes its source in the heights at the Col du Lautaret, at…
On the program of this new stage, a passage on the heights of the small village of Saint-Antoine where an ever so exceptional panorama awaits you.
The route will take you to the center of Vallouise before starting several hours of walking in the valley of the Onde, surrounded by peaks, mostly around 3…
After this night spent in the shelter of the Bans refuge, the path resumes. You descend the Bans valley to find the GR 54. You then walk along the Pic de Malamort while going up the Chanteloube stream. Here, the landscape becomes more arid, the vegetation is scarce and the soil more rocky. You are now…
This seventh stage promises to be intense! From the first kilometers, you set off for the ascent of the Pic de Rivarol at an altitude of 2,724 meters to continue this GR in a rocky desert where only grass has made a place for itself.
Halfway through, a refuge appears at the foot of a small lake. This…
Eighth day of adventure in the Ecrins massif, you continue in the Séveraisse valley and climb its bed for several kilometers. The route remains relatively rolling most of the day, except for the last kilometers which promise great stiffness the next morning!
As you ascend the bed of the Séveraisse, a…
The nights in refuges are unique, but it is now time to set off again for this ninth stage and to leave the Souffles hut behind you. The Pic des Souffles dominates with its imposing stature (3,099 meters) as you begin your ascent of the Col de la Vaurze, located at an altitude of 2,500 meters.
This penultimate day promises many beautiful surprises! From Valsenestre, you take the path to the Lauvitel reserve and discover its lake.
Starting early in the morning, with a clear view of the Aiguilles-des-Marmes, the day can only start well! You continue your journey and take the path to the Col de…
Last day through the Ecrins massif, we slowly descend to Bourg-d'Oisans with memories in our heads. But this last stage will not fail to surprise you once again with the diversity of its landscapes and the beauty of its panoramas.
The Pisse waterfall will impress you with its height of fifteen meters…
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