Hiking from La Grave to the Evariste Chancel Mountain Hut
A hike with the goal of a lake and a mountain hut is a godsend! You can enjoy the tranquility of the Puy Vachier Lake, a 120 m below the lake, before getting refreshments at the scenic terrace.
A beautiful varied hike in a splendid setting at the foot of the mythical summit of La Meije. The Puy Vachier Lake with its beautiful colors is an oasis in the middle of this rather rocky universe. And then there's the panorama on the valley of La Grave and the Romanche River!
At the parking lot in front of the La Grave gondola lift, take the stairs leading down towards the river, cross the bridge and take to the left. Take the path leading up to the left along the left bank of the stream coming down from the Tabuchet Glacier.
At the junction, take to the right, head down towards the Abéous stream, cross the bridge and continue up through a beautiful larch forest and through several clearings.
At the junction next to the Puy Vachier Supérieur Chalet, take to the right. A the next junction, keep going forward ignoring the path on you right leading down to the Fréaux (steep and difficult path).
At the Puy Vachier Lake, take to the right for the last climb up to the hut.
It is also possible to reach the Chancel Hut with less effort, starting from the mid-station of the Téléphérique de La Grave (open from mid-June to mid-September).
Randonnée accessible de juin à septembre, en fonction des conditions météorologiques et de l'enneigement
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Evarist Chancel Mountain Hut
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.
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La Brèche de Pacave
Crossing the Brèche or Col de Pacave is a foray into the high mountains, the northern slopes of the Meije, mineral and glacial landscapes, with extraordinary views of the Emparis plateau, the Aiguille du Goléon and the Romanche valley.