GPX map and layout
Starting point: Hamlet of Pied du Col
Elevation gain: 1436 m
Duration There/Back: 7h
Distance: 21 km
The path starts below the hamlet of Le Pied du Col, where you have to take the paved road (not cleared in winter) that starts after the gite called Le Pas de l’Ane, the car park being at the bottom of the valley. The path starts off on the famous path GR 54 (Tour de l’Oisans), and then quickly forks off to the right towards the Plan de Valfourche. The place is wonderful, almost flat, where the Romanche river draws long meanderings along which it is good to lie in the grass, contemplating Les Agneaux away. Ignoring the right-hand fork for Le Pavé, the path passes near the springs of the Romanche then it quickly climbs to the right in the bends, where cables will help you in difficult passages. A few hundred meters in altitude further will allow you to reach the refuge, located downstream from the upper Glacier des Agneaux. In winter, access on skis is slightly different: once arrived near the source of La Romanche, the road continues to the end of the valley via the Glacier de la Plate des Agneaux, before forking right towards the Col de Casse Déserte. You will have to go over the Col des Neiges to the right, before redescending to the refuge.
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