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Mountain Climbing in the Ecrins: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the immaculate beauty in the heart of the French Alps from the slopes of the Ecrins Massif!

Explore dozens of different mountain peaks throughout the southeastern national park. From simple, single-day ascents to far longer and more challenging ones, there is plenty to climb in the Ecrins. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Mountain Climbing trips in Ecrins. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in Ecrins

What should I know about Mountain Climbing Ecrins?

Boasting more than 45 mountain peaks, the Ecrins massif is a veritable playground for avid mountain climbers.

Aside from La Meije, ascents of many other peaks are also incredibly popular. Among the top destinations are Barre des Écrins (4,102 meters) and Ailefroide (3,954 meters), which are the highest and third highest peaks on the massif, respectively.

Both of these mountains offer excellent two day challenges for intermediate moutnaineers, making them perfect for a weekend trip. They also boast incredible scenery as well as the options to climb over rock, glacier and ice, depending on the route.

Outside of the summer season, the Ecrins are also a popular destination for climbers wanting to try out winter mountaineering.

Why should I choose Ecrins for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Ecrins National Parks boasts some of the best mountain scenery in all of France, and that’s saying quite something. From the top of one of the national park’s various mountain peaks, expect immaculate views of the surrounding valleys and glaciers as well as views out over some of the Alps’ most iconic mountains, including Mont Blanc.

Climb La Meije

The last major French mountain to be summited presents an incredible challenge for intermediate and advanced-level mountaineers. Well-known in mountaineering circles for the fact that there is no easy way to the top, La Meije combines glacier trekking and rock climbing for quite the adventure. Views from the top are simply sublime as well, with great views out over the rest of the massif.

Come for the culture

When you are not out on mountain slopes, take some time to enjoy the area;’s distinct culture. French mountain towns differ substantially from major metropolitan areas. Take in the unique alpine architecture of the chalets and other buildings. Enjoy incredible local cuisine and finish off the day by sampling some superb French wine.

What can I expect from the weather during my Mountain Climbing trip in Ecrins?

During the summer, average daily temperatures in the park range from 15 ºC to 20 ºC, with temperatures often below freezing at the top of the mountains. Summer is also fairly dry, but thunderstorms can occur quickly.

How can I get to Ecrins?

Any trip to Ecrins National Park likely begins with a flight into Alpes–Isère Airport (GNB) in Grenoble. From here, the park can be reached in about one hour by car and a bit longer by bus.

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Best time to climb

June to September

What people are saying about Mountain Climbing | Ecrins



Quentin is simply an awesome guide. It was one of my first climbing experiences and Quentin helped me feel safe. He is very professional and knows how to manage groups of people. Despite the changes in our project, Quentin always tried to accomodate the best options for the group. His experience and knowledge of the mountain gave confidence to each group member. The fact that he is both physiotherapist and guide is a great advantage, regarding physical preparation and stretching for example. Thanks Quentin! And see you next year on top of the Mont-Blanc!

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