The upper Romanche valley offers a wealth of beautiful natural sites. 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.
Ramblers are spoilt for choice. There is the softly curved grassy Emparis plateau that 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. Above the picturesque village of Valfroide lies the scenic Goleon Lake where la Meije attracts all the attention while the Goleon peak reigns at the back of the valley. The Emparis and Goleon areas are part of the N2000 European network which aims to protect rare and threatened species.
Behind the green Aiguillon ridge, mellow meadows stretch towards the Pontet Lake and the Lautaret pass with the twin peaks of the Agneaux in the distance and a wonderful view of the valley. Beyond, the Ecrins National Park have a number of gems in store.
Col du Lautaret, Villar d'Arène
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…