Vallouise - Valgaudemar - La Meije (Mountaineering)


The history of la Vallouise is steeped in feats of pioneering mountaineers. From the ascension of Mount Pelvoux (3943 metres) in 1828, to the conquest of the Barre des Écrins (4102 metres) in 1864, the countless summits of the massif have always been coveted. Ailefroide is proud to be classed second French mountaineering site just after Chamonix and everyone has heard of the Pré de Madame Carle.

Neighbouring Valgaudemar is magnificent with its wild, preserved valley and its carved peaks. It is also at the heart of the Écrins National Park. Mountain guides supervise major mountain routes such as the Rouies (3589 m) and the Cime du Vallon (3406 m) and those who prefer to contemplate will appreciate the glaciers and waterfalls of the Voile de la Mariée from the Gioberney refuge hut.

To the north of the departement, across all alpine zones, the glacier cable cars make it easy to enjoy a unique, high-mountain experience. From the village of La Grave you will gain an altitude of 3200 metres in 40 minutes, to take in a 360° view.




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