The Mecca of mountaineering
Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans is home to a good number of treasures… Its territory covers 1/5th of the Écrins National Park, as well as a part of the ski area, Les 2 Alpes.
Saint-Christophe is the land of mountaineering and one of the most well-known areas of the high mountains in Oisans, along with Bérarde. The natural riches and wild nature of this glacial valley are truly one-of-a-kind, making it the ideal place for hiking.
Just getting to Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans (La Ville) by road to the last hamlet of La Bérarde is an adventure in itself.
Shortly after passing Vénosc, the road opens onto the turquoise waters of the Vénéon at Plan du Lac. You will then have to start the ascent to Saint-Christophe by means of a few hairpins hung in the cliff. After La Ville, the slope becomes gentler and the road narrows again, after the hamlet of Les Étages, still overlooking the torrent of the Vénéon up to La Bérarde… End of the line… Everyone goes down. You are now at the end of the valley, in the heart of the Oisans Sauvage and the Ecrins National Park.
A magical place for all mountain activities!
Hiking: on foot, as a family, sporty hikes, camping under the starry sky, on a marked trail, on a donkey, glacial, on skis, and so on.
Climbing: climbing, via ferrata, mountaineering, ice falls…
White water sports: rafting, kayaking, hydrospeed, hotdog, fishing, etc.
Come and explore Ecrins National Park, discover its natural riches and charm. Why not stay a while longer and stay overnight in a refuge (8 in the surrounding area).
And finally, don’t come to Saint-Christophe without visiting a museum, either in the village or one of the surrounding hamlets. The road that then leads to Bérade will take you through the magnificent landscapes of the mountain peaks.
“Mémoires d’Alpinismes” Museum
Right at the heart of Saint-Christophe, a stone’s throw from the moving cemetery where a number of famous mountain guides of Bérarde and Vénéon have been laid to rest, this museum is perfect for anyone who loves the mountains.