Walks and hiking trails

Around La Grave La Meije and Villar d'Arène there are great outdoor excursions and beautiful places to discover on foot, such as the Emparis Plateau and the Ecrins National Park.

Very easy walks

Maximum two hours, less than 300 m uphill

 

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Villar d'Arène vu de la forêt - © J. Selberg

Boucle de la Grave à Villar d'Arène

Office de tourisme de La Grave,

Boucle de la Grave à Villar d'Arène

A gentle hike to discover the villages of La Grave and Villar d'Arène in an exceptional mountain environment at the foot of the mythical and prestigious Ecrins peaks.

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Hiking to the Pic du Mas de La Grave Hut

Discover a magnificent landscape thanks to the alpine pastures in the Buffe valley.
Dominated by the Pic de Mas de la Grave and overlooking the Gâ torrent, this valley is favored by…

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Fleurs d'Arnica sur le sentier ethnobotanique du Pied du Col à Villar d'arène

Ethnobotanical trail - edible plants

En face du gîte 'Le Pas de l'Ane',

Ethnobotanical trail - edible plants

Wild herbs offer a well of possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. On the ethnobotanical trails you can learn about the properties of wild plants and how they…

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La Meije depuis le sentier de Clos Raffin au Chazelet - © Michel Ducroux

Petite boucle de Clos Raffin

Parking du pied du village du Chazelet, Le Chazelet

Petite boucle de Clos Raffin

This short family hike will take you to the first alpine pastures and the charming hamlet of Clos Raffin, now completely renovated.

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Ethnobotanical trail - Medicinal plants

Wild plants offer many possibilities for those who have the patience to get to know them. The ethnobotanical trail of medicinal plants will introduce you to plants used in the past and…

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Refuge Evariste Chancel depuis 2400m par le lac de Puy Vachier

La traversée jusqu'au Refuge en passant par le lac de Puy Vachier offre un beau panorama sur les alpages et sommets du versant sud de la vallée: le plateau d’Emparis, les pics du Goléon et…

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Boucle de la Gravière, Arsine, Villar d'Arène

Une randonnée famille, pour le plaisir des yeux des plus petits comme des plus grands.

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Le Belvédère de l'homme

An easy, half-day excursion starting from the Lautaret pass, in landscaped high mountain surroundings that have views of La Meije, perched glaciers and the Romanche valley.

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les Hières - © ©J.SELBERG

Balade des Hières à Valfroide

Parking à l'entrée du hameau,

Balade des Hières à Valfroide

Balade idéale pour les familles avec jeunes enfants sur piste pastorale et au milieu d'anciens hameaux d'alpage et en pleine nature.

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Balade autour des hameaux de Villar d'Arène

In the village of Villar d'Arene, on the edge of the Ecrins National Park with the sound of the river Romanche in the background, you will discover an easy trail made for everyone in a…

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Easy walks

From 2 - 4 hours, between 300 and 500 m uphill

 

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The Aiguillon

Take your family to the summit of the Aiguillon, with its 360° panorama of the Romanche valley, the Ecrins massif and its glaciers.

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La vue sur le glacier du Tabuchet et la Meije depuis le départ du chemin - © Elodie Lefebvre

Le GR54 de La Grave à Arsine

Devant l'office de tourisme à La Grave,

Le GR54 de La Grave à Arsine

A short path linking the village of La Grave to the small village of Arsine after Villar d'arène on the GR54.

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De Villar d'Arène au hameau des Hières

Take the time to get to know the area in a different way, without using the car, and discover the joy of starting your hike from your own doorstep.

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La Meije et le vallon de Martignare depuis le Chazelet - © Ferme des Sagnes

Le vallon de Martignare

Parking du pied du village du Chazelet, Le Chazelet

Le vallon de Martignare

Cette jolie boucle permet de découvrir les hameaux des Rivets puis de rejoindre à flanc de montagne le torrent de Martignare. Ses jolies vasques d’eau fraîche et claire constituent le décor…

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Les Plagnes via Les Clots

This varied trail introduces hikers to the small ski resort of Le Chazelet and provides an exceptional panorama over the north face of La Meije, as well as all the villages in the canton. …

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Les lacs du Plateau d’Emparis au départ du col Saint Georges

Un itinéraire agréable et accessible en famille pour découvrir les lacs du plateau d’Emparis.

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Tour des hameaux de La Grave - © R.Gmz

Le tour des hameaux de La Grave

Place de l'église de La Grave,

Le tour des hameaux de La Grave

From La Grave, discover the hamlets of Les Terrasses, Le Chazelet, Les Clots and Ventelon. Along the way, you'll discover the Oratoire, the perch and the orientation table at Le Chazelet. …

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The mule path

Hiking along this path, how can you not be struck by all the terraces which surround the villages of the canton? At the beginning of the last century they were all cultivated.

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Lac du Pontet

Balade facile vers le lac du Pontet qui offre un panorama spectaculaire sur les sommets des Ecrins.

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Les Sources de la Romanche

Une sympathique randonnée familiale, pour une immersion en haute montagne aux abords de la Reine Meije.

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Chemin du facteur - © J.Selberg

Le chemin du facteur

Office de tourisme de La Grave, Départementale 1091

Le chemin du facteur

Until the 1970s, the letter carrier made his rounds on foot. Follow in his footsteps along the GR54 trail from La Grave to Le Chazelet. Your path will be embellished by painted flower…

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De Villar d'Arène au hameau des Hières

Découvrir par cette randonnée le fait de prendre le temps sans utiliser la voiture et la joie de commencer sa randonnée depuis le pas de sa porte.

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The Alpe de Villar d'Arêne

An easy walk to discover the alpine universe with the family within the geographical boundaries of the Oisans and the upper Briançonnais.

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L'aiguillon depuis le parking de Villar d'Arène - © M.Molinari

La boucle de l'Aiguillon par Puy Golèfre

Parking principal, La maison de santé

La boucle de l'Aiguillon par Puy Golèfre

Baladez-vous de hameau en hameau avec comme toile de fond le massif de la Meije pour accompagner vos moindre pas.

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Le Plan de l'Alpe de Villar par le sentier des Crevasses

À la découverte du vallon sauvage d'Arsine, depuis le Col du Lautaret par le sentier des Crevasses.

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Randonnée des Hières à l'Aiguillon - © J.Selberg

Des Hières à l'Aiguillon

Petit arrêt de bus à l'entrée du village, Les Hières

Des Hières à l'Aiguillon

Starting from the village of Les Hières (1770m), this route takes you up to the Aiguillon (2095m), a viewpoint offering 360° panoramic views of the Meije region.

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Eldorado ! La Boucle du Plan de l'Alpe

Balade facile pour découvrir l'univers alpin en famille aux confins de l'Oisans géographique et du haut Briançonnais.

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Intermediate hikes

From 3 hours to a whole day, between 500 and 1000 m uphill

 

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Arsine lake by the Crevasses Path

The first part offers beautiful views of the valley, the Meije Massif and the glaciers. Then, after a pleasant climb through the alpine pastures, the moraines and the lake surrounded by…

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Lac et refuge du Goléon - © J. Selberg

Goleon Lake and Hut

Parking des Hières, Les Hières

Goleon Lake and Hut

With incredible views of the mountains, the Goléon Lake hike is absolutely handsome, wildlife and alpine flowers will be waiting for you!

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Montée au glacier Lombard depuis le lac du Goléon

Close to Lac du Goléon lies a welcoming and comfortable refuge.
It is both a hiking destination and an ideal stopover on the way to the summit of Goléon.

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Sentier d'interprétation du lac du Goléon

The interpretation trail created by Natura 2000 allows you to discover the history and natural environment of Lac du Goléon. All along the trail, you'll find a number of small explanatory…

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La Meije Les Terrasses - © J. Selberg

Boucle du Signal depuis Ventelon

D 1091, Devant l'office de tourisme

Boucle du Signal depuis Ventelon

The Signal de La Grave towers a thousand meters above the Romanche valley.
Its summit offers a panoramic view of the entire canton. It also offers exceptional views of the northern slopes…

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Lac Noir et lac Lérié depuis le Chazelet

Depuis le Chazelet, la randonnée emprunte le GR54 pour arriver au plateau d’Emparis et longer le lac Noir et le lac Lérié …

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Laurichard Mountain Pass

Permafrost and rock glacier... a hike in the land of cold pebbles.

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The Buffe valley

This lovely itinerary will have you discovering the natural diversity of the Buffe valley. The valley is overlooked by the Mas de la Grave Peak. The Gâ stream has it source at the foot of…

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Crossing from Lautaret to Alpe de Villar

A trail that will delight fans of wide open spaces, pastoral farming and thrills on the schist paths of Les Crevasses.

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Lac du Goléon depuis les Hières

Un itinéraire en aller/retour très varié, offrant à la fois des vues sur la Meije, la découverte du patrimoine local, et l'arrivée à un refuge perché au bord de son lac.

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De La Grave au hameau de Ventelon

Boucle depuis La Grave jusqu'au hameau de Ventelon.

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Des Fréaux au Chazelet

Itinéraire panoramique pour rejoindre le typique village du Chazelet. A mi-chemin découverte de la chapelle Notre-Dame de Bon Repos.

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De Villar d'Arène jusqu'au Col du Lautaret

Randonnée sur une partie du GR50 qui ménera jusqu'au Col du Lautaret. Profitez d'une superbe vue sur les sommets des Ecrins.

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Grande boucle de l'Aiguillon

Randonnée vers un lac et puis un point de vue de 360 ° sur la vallée, la Meije et les Agneaux.

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Difficult hikes

From 5 hours to a whole day, more than a 1000 m uphill

 

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Hiking from La Grave to the Evariste Chancel Mountain Hut

A hike with the goal of a lake and a mountain hut is a godsend! You can enjoy the tranquility of the Puy Vachier Lake, a 120 m below the lake, before getting refreshments at the scenic…

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Sommet du Signal de La Grave - © J. Selberg

Boucle du Signal de La Grave

D 1091, Devant l'office de tourisme

Boucle du Signal de La Grave

The Signal de La Grave towers a thousand meters above the Romanche valley.
Its summit offers a panoramic view of the entire canton. It also offers exceptional views of the northern slopes…

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Boucle du gros Têt depuis le Chazelet

Gros Têt is the highest point on the Emparis plateau. At an altitude of 2613 m, this large mamelon, also known as the cime du Rachas, offers a 360° panoramic view of the Alps.

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Montée au lac du Goléon - © J. Selberg

La boucle du Cruq des Aiguilles

Parking des Hières, Les Hières

La boucle du Cruq des Aiguilles

The Lac du Goléon site is only accessible to hikers after a tough climb from Valfroide; the proposed itinerary over the beautiful Cruq des Aiguilles pass offers a varied, more alpine…

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Massif de la Meije - © J. Selberg

Sentier Paul-Louis Rousset

Office de tourisme de La Grave,

Sentier Paul-Louis Rousset

This loop, which takes in almost every village and hamlet in the canton, was named in honor of Abbé Paul Louis Rousset, guide and great mountaineer. It's a must for lovers of the region. …

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Les Aiguilles d'Arves - © Refuge du Pic du Mas de la Grave

Le Col de la Martignare

Parking au pied du Chazelet,

Le Col de la Martignare

This long, fairly alpine hike will take you to the gateway to Savoie. From the Col de Martignare, you can admire the Aiguilles d'Arves in a lunar-like setting. The long Buffe ridge offers a…

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Départ vers la Brèche Pacave - © J. Selberg

La Brèche de Pacave

Office de tourisme de La Grave,

La Brèche de Pacave

Crossing the Brèche or Col de Pacave is a foray into the high mountains, the northern slopes of the Meije, mineral and glacial landscapes, with extraordinary views of the Emparis plateau,…

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Lacs et col d'Arsine à partir d'Arsine

Cette randonnée longue mais sans difficulté technique vous fait traverser un paysage à la fois bucolique et majestueux pour entrer au cœur du Parc national des Ecrins et admirer de près les…

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Le Pic du Mas de La Grave

Objectif incontournable pour les randonneurs chevronnés qui séjournent dans la vallée, le Pic du Mas de la Grave (3020 m) s'offre à eux après avoir remonté le vallon de la Buffe.

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Adèle Planchard Refuge

Long and difficult, the ascent up to the refuge passes in the green prairies of the Plan de l'Alpe with mineral sheets draping down from the high summits sheltering the source at Romanche.…

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Pavé lake and mountain refuge

A hike for immersion in incredible alpine landscapes, where the goal is to discover the Pavé lake. Life, zooplancton and phytoplancton, already exists in this recent lake, at an altitude of…

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Le lac du Goléon depuis les Terrasses

Un itinéraire panoramique varié, offrant au randonneur des vues somptueuses sur la reine Meije.

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The Arsine corrie via the Crevasses path

A long climb around the Combeynot massif for a full day's hike in search of the lakes in the Arsine glacial cirque.

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The Arsine Lakes

The hamlet of Le Casset lives to the rhythm of colours: from the green meadows of the valley to the pastel blue of the glacial lakes of Arsine.

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Pavé lake and mountain refuge

A hike for immersion in incredible alpine landscapes, where the goal is to discover the Pavé lake. Life, zooplancton and phytoplancton, already exists in this recent lake, at an altitude of…

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HOW TO BEHAVE WHEN YOU MEET A SHEEP GUARDIAN DOG?

Many flocks of domestic animals pass the summer season in the alpine pastures. The flocks of sheep are often watched by guardian dogs. How should you behave when you meet these dogs who see you as an intruder?

HOW TO BEHAVE WHEN YOU MEET A SHEEP GUARDIAN DOG?

Many flocks of domestic animals pass the summer season in the alpine pastures. The flocks of sheep are often watched by guardian dogs. How should you behave when you meet these dogs who see you as an intruder?

Hiking with a Joëlette - an all-terrain one-wheeled chair

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En balade avec une joëlette - La Grave - © @Handi Cap-Evasion

Joëlette

D1091, La Grave

Joëlette

A Joëlette is an all-terrain wheel chair that makes it possible for people with reduced mobility to go on a hike, whether they are children or adults, The Joëlette is for loan from the…

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Hiking with a Joëlette - an all-terrain one-wheeled chair

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En balade avec une joëlette - La Grave - © @Handi Cap-Evasion

Joëlette

D1091, La Grave

Joëlette

A Joëlette is an all-terrain wheel chair that makes it possible for people with reduced mobility to go on a hike, whether they are children or adults, The Joëlette is for loan from the…

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THE DIFFERENT HIKES IN THE BRIANCONNAIS TERRITORY

Looking for a hike around La Grave? There are many wonderful places to visit within easy reach from Serre Chevalier Valley to the Montgenèvre pass and not to mention the Izoard territory and Clarée Valley. Find, below, all our favourite hikes, rides and trail runs in the area.

 

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THE DIFFERENT HIKES IN THE BRIANCONNAIS TERRITORY

Looking for a hike around La Grave? There are many wonderful places to visit within easy reach from Serre Chevalier Valley to the Montgenèvre pass and not to mention the Izoard territory and Clarée Valley. Find, below, all our favourite hikes, rides and trail runs in the area.

 

Rando Briançonnais



HIKE RESPONSIBLY

When hiking you will find yourself fully immersed in nature. You will come across fragile different environments and be surrounded by wildlife. It is of our duty to leave the beautiful places visited the way they were before and the way we would like to find them when first discovering them.

 

Code of conducts while trekking

 

HIKE RESPONSIBLY

When hiking you will find yourself fully immersed in nature. You will come across fragile different environments and be surrounded by wildlife. It is of our duty to leave the beautiful places visited the way they were before and the way we would like to find them when first discovering them.

 

Code of conducts while trekking

 

GET READY FOR YOUR NEXT HIKE

Before going on a hike adventure, it needs to be prepared. Indeed beforehand you would have to choose a suitable itinerary, checked the weather forecast, and taken everything you would need with you in your bag. Plus, do not forget to swap your flip flops for nice and comfy hiking shoes.

 

How to get ready for my hike

 

GET READY FOR YOUR NEXT HIKE

Before going on a hike adventure, it needs to be prepared. Indeed beforehand you would have to choose a suitable itinerary, checked the weather forecast, and taken everything you would need with you in your bag. Plus, do not forget to swap your flip flops for nice and comfy hiking shoes.

 

How to get ready for my hike