The Routes

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In and around Briancon and Serre Chevalier are many classic hiking routes. Here is a selection to give an idea of what can be seen and accomplished in a half day hike or a full day’s hike and an example of what you could expect to do on an overnight trek. Remember that these are only guidelines and once again the hikes can be tailor made to suit your own interests, level of fitness and time restrictions.

Half day hike – Lac de la Douche. Moderate. Suitable for families and people of all ages (minimum age six years). In the Ecrins National park a steady uphill hike takes us to the lake where we find fantastic colours owing to the glacial nature of the stream which feeds it. A gentle descent through the forest allows us to observe plenty of wildlife.

Whole day hike – Plateau d'Emparis. Moderate. A gentle hike across this high altitude plateau overlooking La Grave offering superb panoramic views of the Massif de la Meije, hailed for many years in the ski industry as “Europe's best kept secret”. Home to over two hundred griffon vultures, two lakes and numerous rare local flowers such as Edelweiss and Genepi.

Whole day hike - Vallons de La Meije. Medium to difficult. An opportunity to approach the country’s largest dome glacier, the Glacier de la Girose at 3200m altitude and explore the sculpted ice caves. We can then descend via the forest or the moraine. A physical and technical hike owing to the height difference (1000 metres descent) and steepness of the terrain.20140114 112113 800x600

Whole day hike – La Gardiole and Le Grand Area. Difficult. A sporty hike in Serre Chevalier incorporating two summits at 2753m and 2869m altitude respectively with a moderate ridge hike between them. For those wishing to see some spectacular views of the region and further afield - all the way to Mont Blanc on a clear day.

More than one day trekking – variable itineraries exploring the local massifs and/or the Ecrins National Park. Ideal for those wishing to observe and photograph the local fauna or those wishing simply to escape for a few days. Possibility of hiking some of the higher peaks in the area such as the Mont Thabor at 3178m whilst staying in mountain refuges, bivouacking, or a combination of the two.