Hiking to the Pavé Lake
Located in the heart of a high-mountain circus, between the Pavé, Roche Méane and the Pic Gaspard on the shores of a glacial lake, this altitude hike offers something of a Himalayan feel in one of the most untamed, secret valleys of the Ecrins massif.
Starting point: Hamlet of Pied du Col
Elevation gain: 1150 m
Duration There/Back: 8h
Distance: 9,5 km
The path starts off on the famous path GR 54 (Tour de l’Oisans), and then quickly forks off to the right towards the Plan de Valfourche.
The place is wonderful, almost flat, where the Romanche river draws long meanderings along which it is good to lie in the grass, contemplating Les Agneaux away. Take then the right-hand in the bottom of Le Plan, walk along the Torrent des Cavales, and then turn right again towards the majestic Pic Gaspard, to climb the remaining few hundred meters to the lake.
This suspended valley is well worth the visit. Whether for a meal or to spend the night, come and discover the lovely atmosphere of this Alpine gem.
From May to October, depending on weather and snow conditions...
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Lac du Pave alpine hut (FFCAM)
At the heart of a mountain cirque, between Le Pavé, Roche Méane and Pic Gaspard, on the shores of a glacial lake, this small mountain refuge offers a trip having an Himalayan air in one of the most secret and wild valleys from the massif des Ecrins.
The ascent route is 4 hours starting from Arsine and has 1150m height difference
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Alpe de Villar d'Arène Mountain hut (FFCAM)
At the heart of the Hills, beautiful view on the top of Les Agneaux mountain. Accessible hicking, despite some steep sections. It allows you to walk along the sources of the Romanche and to enjoy a nice peaceful break along this beautiful torrent.
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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.