A hike with the goal of a lake and a mountain hut is a godsend! Separated by 120 m altitude you can enjoy the tranquility of the lake before restoring to the refuge.
Here is a beautiful varied hike in a splendid setting at the foot of the mythical summit of La Meije. Puy Vachier Lake with its beautiful colors is an oasis in the middle of this universe quite mineral. And what about the panorama on the heights of the refuge plunging into the valley of La Grave and Romanche river!
Several possibilities to reach the refuge Chancel according to your desires and the season.
- To spend a night in this mountain hut with less effort take the cable car (open during summer and winter):
Summer get off at the mid station at 2400 m and follow the path that goes down to the lake before going up to the refuge (2km for 190 m in 1h - OBP n ° 4, path 429).
- For the more sporty start from La Grave for a climb through the landscapes of La Meije's county. Here is the complete description of the hike:
Departure: La Grave
Altitude difference: 1085 m
Duration A / R: 3h30 rise, 3h descent
Distance: 4 km
Easy technical level - physical level: medium
MAP AND TOPO
OBP # 4 (Oisans to the Bottom of the Feet): trail 411
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In winter, the pleasures of skiing will take you effortlessly to the refuge, 700 meters lower, following a freeride itinerary. Be careful there is no slopes, and this is this difference that attracts lovers of freeride and true mountain.
In winter, the last ascent with the cable cars of the Glaciers de la Meije is offered if you buy a ski pass for the next day!