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.
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To the Lake of Puy Vachier
La Grave


Description: To the Lake of Puy Vachier

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.

Opening periods

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