Glacier walks and hikes

La Grave is a paradise for climbers and other cliff enthusiasts. There are several climbing spots, ranging from beginner to expert level. There are two Via Ferratas in the area around la Meije and several more in the vicinity.

The Arsine Via ferrata, Villar d'Arène

This Via Ferrata, situated at the foothills of La Meije and the Ecrins National Park, is pleasantly shady in summer. It is suitable for beginners, in the company of experienced climbers of course. There is a possible escape route halfway up.

The Via Ferrata of the mines of Grand Clot , La Grave

A steep face separates the Emparis plateau from the valley floor – 1000 m of vertical rock towering over the river. At first sight it seems impassable. All the same, galena, or lead glance, used to be extracted from mines up there. Narrow paths that were carved in the cliffs and equipped with a handrail so that the miners could get to the galleries. Most of the gallery entrances are hanging over the void. A 200 m high ladder enabled them to pass a vertical wall. These adjustments formed the basis for the recreational Via Ferrata. The long ladder, called the chimney, was part of the Via Ferrata until 2016 when the route had to be changed after a rockslide. The Via Ferrata will take you past the entrance to several mining galleries and there are information boards all along the way.


To explore the area, you have the choice between several guided activities: an easy walk to learn about the history of the mines and the minerals, the Via Cordata, that is suitable for both children and adults, and to really face your vertigo, the full Via Ferrata that leads up to the grassy highland of Emparis. The view of the peaks and glaciers of the north faces is stunning, for those who have the courage to look.


Around La Grave you will find climbing spots for all levels of proficiency.

Four climbing crags (graded from 3 to 7c) are available: LE GRAND CLOT, LES FREAUX, LES AYES in LE CHAZELET, ARSINE in Villar d’Arène (ideal for children) and RIVOIRE at the Tunnel du Grand Clot.

Long routes
There are also several multi-pitch routes in the area that are equipped, including La Cascade and the Jongleur and Planète sectors of Les Fréaux, as well as the Eperon des Marmottes in Arsine.

From the les Téléphériques des Glaciers de la Meije cable car at 2400m: Peyrou d’Amont, the Refuge Chancel and at 3200m, Pointe Trifide and Pic de La Grave.

Guide book
For sale in sports shops, newsagents, at the Tourist Information in La Grave and at the mountain guides’ office.

Via Ferrata

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Grand Clot mines Via Ferrata

The advantage of this via ferrata is both sporty and cultural. Cultural because you will discover, through information panels all along the via ferrata, the history of miners of yesteryear,…

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Arsine Via Ferrata

This itinerary alternates walls and grassy ledges but without any overhang.
It is ideal for beginners who want to familiarize themselves with the vacuum.
The via ferrata is well…

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Climbing spots

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Pan d'escalade indoor - La Grave - © V.Michelin

Indoor climbing wall

Gîte Le Rocher, La Grave

Indoor climbing wall

At any time on reservation, climbingwall 2.50 m high, located in the Guesthouse 'Le Rocher.
Big foam mattresses on the floor so no need to be roped (harness useless :)
Climbing shoes at…

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Climbing school in Arsine

A vaste and user-friendly site on the edge of the Ecrins National Park, along the Romanche flowing peacefully at the foot of the faces. There is everything here, from 2 to 7, relaxing…

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Climbing learning area Les Freaux

This site is divided into four sectors, which are all sunny and enjoyable. When you turn your head, you will be dazzled by the majestic beauty of the Dame La Meije. There is some fine,…

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Climbing and via ferrata with a guide

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Climbing classes with Odile climbing instructor

If verticality has an indisputable appeal to children, the practice of climbing is rich in teachings: exceeding limits, rigor, endurance, responsibility, self-confidence, trust in the other…

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Big Rock climbing classes

For an initiation and / or improvement in techniques of progression on the main road and abseiling in complete safety.

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Rock climbing courses with the the Guide Office

Depending on your level of experience we offer courses focused on natural site or indoor, to allow you to go further in your favorite activity.

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Multi-activities training for 6-12 years old with Odile hiking guide

Outdoor activities, one or 5 days, with games, sports and various activities for children (orienteering, hiking, games, Via-ferrata )
Children will be supervised by state qualified…

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Petit Pilier by the waterfall with Aventure Verticale La Meije.O

New for 2020!
In a magnificent setting, the small pillar by the waterfall offers great climbing routes.
A short hike leading to a simple climb to discover a majestic view.

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Guided tour of the Grand Clot Silver Mines with Odile, climbing instructor

Enjoy a day of vacation to make your children discover the all new via corda of La Meije and the history of the vertical mines of Oisans county ! Great time of happiness guarenteed !

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Où louer le matériel d'escalade et de via ferrata

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Juge Sports shop

, Villar d'Arène

Juge Sports shop

Marie and Erick welcome you warmly in their shop located at the doors of the Ecrins National Park, in Villar d'Arène. Come and push the door to rent a bike and enjoy the scenery of the…

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Magasin de sports - Objectif Meije

Facing the cable car of the Glaciers de la Meije, Objectif Meije is the specialist in mountain activities. This store is happy to welcome you and to advise you.

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