A unique hike amongst magnificent scenery! Walk among a host of Alpine spring flowers, high mountain chalets and lakes.
Tour des lacs du plateau d’Emparis


All year round.

Subject to favorable weather.


Free access.

GPX map and layout

Hiking guide: Oisans au Bout des Pieds no. 3 Ferrand - Romanche / IGN map TOP 25 no. 3335 ET Bourg d'Oisans / Alpe d'Huez / Grandes Rousses / Sept Laux

Tour des lacs du plateau d’Emparis


The Emparis Plateau is like a natural lookout point, with wonderful views over the surrounding summits: the Meije and the Rateau of course, but also the Pic du Mas de la Grave and the Aiguilles d'Arves. This magnificent 2,900 hectare grazing area is home to many flocks of sheep and herds of cows each summer.

Drive up the gravel track from Besse-en-Oisans to the Emparis plateau (not advised for those afraid of heights) and park at the Col Saint George (around 10 km, 45 mins).
Now on foot, take the GR54 Grand Tour des Ecrins, which goes down the small valley towards the information board marking the beginning of the hike (30 minutes). Start the hike on the left, towards the Col du Souchet and you will reach Lac Lérié in around 2 1/2 hours. If you walk a further 20 minutes, you can picnic at the Lac Noir, enjoying the fabulous views over the Ecrins summits. If it's not dry, you'll also pass by the Lac Cristallin before finishing the circular hike.