100 years ago, Besse was already a typical Oisans village, with its squat stone houses, huddled together for protection from the cold and separated by steep, narrow lanes, paved with calades, the local stone. Nowadays, in both summer and winter, visitors interested in sport or simply gazing at the view, can ramble over the Emparis plateau, with its outstanding panoramic views over the Aiguilles d’Arves, the Meije, the Pic du Mas de la Grave and the Crêtes de la Salse.


Besse is the starting point for numerous trails, some leading into the Savoie and Hautes Alpes departments. The village is also on the GR54 long-distance path. The Emparis plateau is considered exceptional hiking country, both for its unspoiled nature (a listed site) and the wonderful views on offer, as well as being well-known for its mountain huts, horse riding and paragliding. The immediate surroundings of Besse can also be explored on thematic heritage discovery trails. A visit to the Maison des Alpages Pasture Museum and a simple stroll through the village are not to be missed!

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Tourist office

The magnificent Lake Chambon turquoise waters marks the entrance to the Valley Ferrand. This typical valley has preserved its authentic character with its three traditional villages: Besse (where you will find the tourist office), Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans and Mizoen.

Opening periods

From 12/06 to 12/09/2021
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12 pm and between 1 pm and 4 pm.