To the Lake of Puy Vachier

The hike to the lake of Puy Vachier, embedded in its rocky cirque, will offer you a panoramic view streching from the Plateau of Emparis to La Meije, via Les
Aiguilles d’Arves and Les Trois Evêchés.

Starting point : La Grave
Elevation gain: 970 m
Duration There/Back: 6h
Distance: 4 km
Level: Quite easy

For the more sportive ones, the lake is accessible from the valley, either
from La Grave (departure from near the Arboretum), with a pleasant walk through a larch forest, or from Les Fréaux on a steeper and sometimes vertiginous path.
The easiest access to the lake is by the cable car, the path starts from the middle 2400 meters station. Recently renovated and widened, the path leads to the lake in less than one hour, making it accessible for the
children and even mountain-bikers!

Then, it is possible to go to the Evariste Chancel refuge, overlooking the lake, in 30 minutes hiking, it is open in the same dates than the cable car.

Welcome: From the hut :Hiking--Circular walk from the middle station ofthe cable car, then back down to La Grave(3 hours)--Start from La Grave, then back down on thepath of Les Fréaux and the road to L’ Envers(5 hours)Mountaineering--Le Râteau (3769m – AD)--Pic de La Grave (3669m – PD)Climbing13 routes below the refuge have beenequipped by Eric Loubié. A topo is availableat theMountain Guide Office and Tourist Office in La Grave.


  • Not recommended in bad weather
  • Open air

Map and GPX marking

To the Lake of Puy Vachier

Getting There


  • Pets welcome
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurant


Languages spoken

  • French

Adapted tourism

  • Not accessible in a wheelchair


Walks accessible from May to October, depending on weather & snow conditions


  • Free of charge

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