Located in the heart of a high-mountain circus, between the Pavé, Roche Méane and the Pic Gaspard on the shores of a glacial lake, this altitude hike offers something of a Himalayan feel in one of the most untamed, secret valleys of the Ecrins massif.
From May to October, depending on weather and snow conditions...
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The path starts below the hamlet of Le Pied du Col, where you have to take the paved road (not cleared in winter) that begins after the gite called Le Pas de l’Ane, the car park being at the bottom of the valley.
Starting point: Hamlet of Pied du Col
Elevation gain: 1150 m
Duration There/Back: 8h
Distance: 9,5 km
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. Take then the right-hand in the bottom of Le Plan, walk along the Torrent des Cavales, and then turn right again towards the majestic Pic Gaspard, to climb the remaining few hundred meters to the lake.
This suspended valley is well worth the visit. Whether for a meal or to spend the night, come and discover the lovely atmosphere of this Alpine gem.
Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs de La Grave-La Meije
Villar d'Arène-Refuge Le Pavé
05480 Villar d'Arène