The path starts at the hamlet of La Danchère, before winding its way up on the enormous rockfall that formed the lake thousands of years ago, but it is a shady and peaceful.
Walk through La Danchère and continue on a good path to the crossroads near Lauvitel stream (Ecrins National Park sign).
Walk up the paved path to the left, on the right-hand side of the stream. On each side of the path, dry stone walls separate the fields.
Cross the Selles stream where you see a water catchment system and walk up the switchbacks among the deciduous trees and spruces. Cross over a number of sources, which are actually resurgences of the lake.
After a section with no trees, but with lovely pastureland, you arrive on a flat section that leads to the shores of Lac Lauvitel (1530 m).
For your return hike, walk alongside the lake to the little chalets. At the junction, take the right-hand path down the left-hand side of the stream to La Danchère. Once in La Danchère, walk back through the hamlet to the car park.
This hike is in the heart of the national park, so please check out the Park regulations.
The Maison du Parc in Bourg d’Oisans
For more information about Lac Lauvitel and other Oisans gems, stop off at the National Park Information Centre (Maison du Parc), which features a display in pictures of the natural diversity of Oisans, as well as traditional mountain labours. There is a wealth of information and leaflets available on the National Park, together with video screenings and reading corner for children.
The Maison du Parc also organises free events throughout the summer.