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Evarist Chancel Mountain Hut

Access in Winter: By the cable of Les Glaciers de La Meije, then skiing down the Chancel itinerary


Evariste Chancel refuge (2508 m) has 39 beds and is located on a terrace overlooking the valley of the Romanche river and La Grave village, where you will enjoy a magnificent viewpoint over the valley of the Haute Romanche. During Summer the refuge is accessible from the cable car station along Lake Puy Vachier (1 h). For the more energetic, there is also a trail from La Grave (3 h).

In winter, the refuge is accessible only on skis (skiing, snowboarding, telemark ...). The snow is not groomed, trails are not marked, and that's precisely what attracts true mountain lovers.

During winter, the last ascent with the Cable car of les Glaciers de La Meije is offered if you buy a ski pass for the next day!

Freeride / Backcountry Skiing / Mountaineering


Overtures :

From 18/02 to 18/04.
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

From 18/06 to 12/09, daily.


COVID 19 special device :

Nous proposons aux courageux un 'rando-drive' toute la journée avec une petite carte de boissons et de plats maison à emporter. Pour passer la nuit au refuge, réservation obligatoire au 06 80 59 84 91. Afin de respecter les consignes sanitaires, en plus du DVA, le port du duvet est obligatoire ! Nous vous attendons du jeudi au dimanche avec impatience...


Refuge Evariste Chancel
Peyrou d'Aval
Refuge Evariste Chancel
05320 La Grave


Phone : 04 76 79 92 32

Phone : 06 79 89 39 49

La Grave la Meije's cable car

Téléphérique des Glaciers de la Meije - © JSelberg

La Grave

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La Grave la Meije's cable car

The cable car takes you to the Ruillans Pass at 3211m and to the Girose Glacier. You will contemplate a grandiose panorama: at your feet glaciers and crevasses, near the Meije (3983m) and in the distance from the peaks as far as the eye can see from Vercors to Mont Blanc.

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The freeride ski area of La Grave La Meije

The off-piste ski area of La Grave La Meije is unique. The gondola lift takes you up to 3200 m of altitude, a stunning scenery and 2150 m of vertical through varied terrain that remains largely untouched by the changes that usually come with a ski lift.

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Puy Vachier Lake

Lac du Puy Vachier - La Grave - © @Stephane Enten

La Grave

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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 lovely larch forest in lowlands of the Lake.

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