The upper Romanche Valley stretches out at the foot of one of the most beautiful summits of the Ecrins, La Meije. The north facing side of the valley is rugged and wild with glaciers and summits of close to 4000 m (13120 feet). On the sunny side, green terraced fields, charming hamlets, alpine lakes and meadows brimful of alpine flowers dominate the picture. Everywhere, there are lovely spots where you can enjoy the contrast between Alpine pastures and rugged peaks. Below we have listed some of the most beautiful natural sites around La Grave and Villar d’Arène.
The glacier unveils as soon as you leave the top station of the La Grave Cable Car. To admire the glacier up close you can go on a glacier walk with the La Grave Guides and visit the ice cave.
The softly curved grassy Emparis plateau forms a stunning contrast to the wild and spectacular frozen realm of the north faces. The blue mirror of the Noir and Lérié Lakes reflect the splendor of the Meije massif.
In a hanging valley above the picturesque village of Valfroide lies the scenic Goleon Lake. At the lake, la Meije attracts all the attention while the Goleon peak reigns at the back of the valley.
Behind the green Aiguillon ridge, mellow meadows stretch towards the Ponet Lake and the Lautaret pass with the twin peaks of the Agneaux in the distance and a wonderful view of the valley.
In the alpine pastures of Villar d’Arène, at the threshold of the Ecrins National Park, the summits are all around but the green grass, the marmots and the mountain huts make it easy to relax.
In the Arsine Cirque, the high peaks are mirrored in the glacier lakes made by the retreat and melt-off of the Arsine Glacier.
Higher up, the Ecrins National Park have a number of gems in store. This emerald-coloured high altitude lake also owes its origin to a retreating glacier.
Lautaret pass - Natural Reserve of Combeynot
The Lautaret pass is the crossing point between the Romanche Valley and the Guisane Valley. It is also one of the lowest points on the ridge line separating the Northern Alps and the…