The most beautiful natural sites

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.

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La Meije - © © J. Selberg

La Meije

La Meije, La Grave

La Meije

La Meije is a mountain in the Massif des Écrins, located at the border of Hautes-Alpes and Isère départements. It overlooks the nearby village of La Grave,a mountaineering centre and ski…

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Site Natura 2000 - Vallée de la Clarée

The world's largest network of biodiversity conservation.
Natura 2000 is born from the desire to maintain this biodiversity while taking into account, social, economic, cultural and…

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Natura 2000 - Haute Romanche - La Grave - © @Agnes Vivat pour Natura 2000

Natura 2000 - Haute Romanche

Mairie de la Grave, La Grave

Natura 2000 - Haute Romanche

The world's largest network of biodiversity conservation.
Natura 2000 is born from the desire to maintain this biodiversity while taking into account, social, economic, cultural and…

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Le Plateau d'Emparis - La Grave - © Eric Beallet

Emparis plateau lakes

Depart du Chazelet, La Grave

Emparis plateau lakes

Lerie lake and Black lake, nestled on the plateau from Emparis are just magnificent viewpoints to the edges of the North face from La Meije and 'Le Rateau' pic 3809 m, 2 famous peaks of the…

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Puy Vachier Lake

Puy Vachier Lake is at the bottom of a valley surrounded by rocky bar in a rather mineral world, close to the second intermediate of the cable car station; about 1 hour walk.
There is a…

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Le lac du Pontet

Les cours, Villar d'Arène

Le lac du Pontet

Beautiful lake above the hamlet of Les Cours, near Villar d'Arêne.
You can get closer by car, but the walk starting from Les Cours hamlet, across the fields by the small road, is very…

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Le lac du Goléon et la Meije - La Grave - © M. Pomard

Goléon lake

Lac du Goléon_Depart du Hameau des Hières, La Grave

Goléon lake

From the Goleon Lake, you'll have breathtaking views of the surrounding glaciers and of the peaks of La Meije, Aiguilles d'Arves and Aiguilles de la Saussaz.

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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…

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Ecrins National Park

Covering an area of 91,800 hectares in the central zone, the Ecrins National Park, straddling the Isère and Hautes-Alpes department, covers a mountainous surface ranging from 800 to 4,102…

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The majestic peak of la Meije can be admired almost everywhere, but certain viewpoints stand out, such as the oratory situated between the hamlets of Terrasses and Chazelet, the chapel of Ventelon and the mid-station of the Téléphérique des Glaciers de la Meije. At the Lautaret Mountain Pass the whole ridge of la Meije unveils.

 

The view is stunning from the mid-station of the La Grave Cable Car.