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Hiking to the mountain huts at Alpe de Villar d'Arene

The Alpe de Villar is a paradise for young and old! At the gates of the Ecrins national Park, you can savour peaceful alpine pastures, where cows enjoy fresh grass and curious marmots sit up to watch those walking past.


The surrounding glaciers and high peaks offer a beautiful backdrop. The streams, the river and the alpine flowers add an idyllic touch. You can have a meal, a snack or stay the night at the mountain huts Refuge de l'Alpe or Refuge de Chamoissière.

Start from the hamlet of Arsine following either the path to the left of the little lake or the wide dirt track along the river. On the way up, follow the famous GR 54 trail (Tour of the Ecrins). After the Gravière parking (it is possible to leave the car here), the path climbs through several switchbacks to pass the 'Pas d'Anna Falque'. At the junction take to the left towards the 'Refuge de l'Alpe'. Soon after, the path reaches a green vale with a wonderful view on the Agneaux and Chamoissière peaks. Continue until you reach the mountain huts at the Alpe de Villar.

YOU ARE HIKING IN THE CENTRAL AREA OF THE ECRINS NATIONAL PARK. The Ecrins Massif is an exceptional environment with a rare natural, cultural and landscape heritage. To protect these riches, painted flags (blue – white – red) mark the central area where specific rules apply. Please follow the rules and regulations indicated by the icons on the information board.

Pas d'Anna FAlque (Anna Falque’s step) is named after the legend of a young girl who went down to go to a dance in Villar d'Arene and failed to return due to an unfortunate encounter with the devil…


Overtures :

From May to October, depending on weather and snow conditions



Alpe de Villar Parc national des Ecrins - © T. Blais

Pont d'Arsine
05480 Villar-d'Arêne


Phone : 04 76 79 90 05

Phone : 04 76 79 90 21

Alpe de Villar d'Arène Mountain hut (FFCAM)

Refuge de l'Alpe Villar d'Arène - © Soline Morattel


04 76 79 94 66

04 76 79 93 44

Alpe de Villar d'Arène Mountain hut (FFCAM)

Located in the heart of the alpine pastures, the Alpe refuge welcomes young and old alike, for a day hike, a first night in a refuge, a stopover on the GR54 or on the way to another refuge.
For mountaineering and ski touring: it's THE spot par excellence!

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Moutain Hut La Chamoissiere

Photographie du refuge de Chamoissière - © Soline Morattel

La Grave

06 30 34 04 04

09 82 12 46 24

06 85 54 42 04

Moutain Hut La Chamoissiere

Sylvie and Sebastian welcome you to their chalet refuge of Chamoissiere; old sheepfold fully restored with ecological and traditional materials ; located in the heart of the Alpine of Villar d'Arene, in a beautiful setting, away from the hustle and bustle.

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