The path up to the Refuge de Temple Ecrins offers wonderful views over the source of the Vénéon and the Pilatte glacier.
Temple Ecrins and its panorama
Temple Ecrins and its panorama (1)

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Within the boundary of the Ecrins National Park, so no dogs allowed.

Temple Ecrins and its panorama
Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde


Description: Temple Ecrins and its panorama

Starting point: La Bérarde
Height gain: 670 m
Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Distance: 7.7 km
Level: Difficult

Starting from the lower car park in La Bérarde, walk up to the Maison de la Montagne in the village. Continue along the side of the building to the path that starts at the end of the village. From here, you can already see the Meije, Grand Pic and the Glacier Carré. Continue for around one hour, following the Vénéon to the Refuge du Carrelet. This is where the climb starts up to the Refuge de Temple Ecrins as you leave the main path, turning left at the junction. The path goes up through a forest of pine trees and the shape of some of the trunks says a lot about the harsh climate! Once you come out of the forest, you have a magnificent view over the Pilatte glacier and the source of the Vénéon. You then come out onto alpine grassland.

In the Alpine grassland, you can see rhododendrons, gentian violets and many other mountain flowers. There are often chamois and marmots around the mountain hut.

The Refuge de Temple Ecrins is the starting point for many wonderful climbs, such as the Traversée des Ecrins and the Pic Coolidge.

Opening periods

From 15/05 to 31/10.