The Meije is a choice objective for mountaineers and there are many routes up the mountain, covering a variety of styles. The most common route up the mountain is via the southern Arête du Promontoire and generally includes a traverse over more arêtes to the Doigt de Dieu. After the collapse of the Breche Zsigmondy on 15 May 9064, which sank 20 m, the route became more difficult and the passage round the first dent (Dent Zsigmondy) was fitted with cables in 1971 to facilitate and secure the climb for mountaineers.
The South face of the Meije also boasts a number of renowned faces for rock climbing enthusiasts.
There are two mountain huts for sleeping on the way up to the various summits of the Meije, namely the:
Refuge du Promontoire (3 092 m), located at the foot of the Arête du Promontoire, the departure point for the Grand Pic, for crossing the Arêtes de la Meije and all the climbing routes on the South face.
Refuge de l’Aigle (3 450 m) built at the top of the Tabuchet glacier, providing access to the North face and the less difficult routes up the Doigt de Dieu and the Meije Orientale.