The entrance to Ferrand valley

Mizoën is a beautiful village full of flowers, characteristic of Oisans and perched up on a peak, with a panoramic view of Chambon lake, the Meije mountain and the Romanche gorges.

It is a land of farming and transhumance with traditions, an ancient bread oven, Les Clôts eco-museum and footpaths dotted with oratories.


If you choose to come and stay in Mizoën, you’ll benefit from the peaceful atmosphere of a small mountain village, but with a range of facilities all the same, including a leisure complex, children’s leisure centre and the vast natural playgrounds. As for the heritage, you’ll see some wonderful mountain architecture in the village and its hamlets, including Aymes and Singuigneret, If you’re looking for sports activities, there is a fantastic playground all around the village. You’ll barely have left the village and you’ll find yourself surrounded by nature! Along the trails up on the Emparis Plateau and around the lakes you can go hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, paragliding or skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

Randonnées musicales du Ferrand - Concert à Besse

Musical Hiking in the Vallée du Ferrand

Since 1999, the Festival des Randonnées Musicales has organised a rich and varied programme every summer, from July into August. Invited musicians take their inspiration from a variety of musical sounds, including hip hop, pop, rock, reggae, groove, funk, electro-swing and world music.

Randonnée sur le plateau d'Emparis


No need to choose: one day you can explore the footpaths up above Chambon lake, and the next day use the electric assistance to effortlessly pedal up to the plateau. One day you’ll be admiring the typical slate mountainsides of Oisans, the humid environment at the small Lovitel lake and the superb petrified fountains. On the other day, you’ll get a taste of the magic of electric bikes that allow you to admire your surroundings at the same time, breathe in the perfumed scent of the pastures, while keeping your eyes peeled for any wild animals that might not hear you approach them on your silent bike.
> So what do you fancy? Hiking or Electric MTB?

Via ferrata du voile de la mariée à Mizoën

Via ferrata AT THE voile de la mariée

Are you looking for a shortcut to get up to Les Clôts mountain refuge and visit the petrified fountains? We’ve got one for you, you’ll just need a harness, helmet and 2 ropes! From the main road to the rural path that leads to the refuge, via ferrata will take you straight up one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area: the ‘voile de la mariée’ (bride’s veil). Through the undergrowth and out into the pastures, facing the sun… The ultimate experience in Oisans.

If you prefer leisure activities on the water, to climbing up these staggering cliffs, opt for a day on the shores of Chambon lake!

Paddle et pédalo à Base nautique du Chambon


Close to the departure point for the Via Ferrata, you can park at the ‘Cabane au bord du lac’ with a range of water sports on offer: stand-up paddle or a pedalo boat? Sunbathing or a sporting tournament? A glass of orangina or a beer? These questions don’t only come up at the seaside, the gentle lapping of the waters is also part of your holiday in Oisans. Without the added disadvantages of the salt and sand getting everywhere!

Guide 2023

Find all the practical information you need to prepare your stay in La vallée du Ferrand.

Tourist office of le Ferrand

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.

374 route principale
38142 Besse-en-Oisans

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Opening periods

From 17/06 to 08/09
Opening hours on Monday between 9 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm. Daily between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 5.30 pm.