Nestled in the southeast of France in the foothills of the French Alps, Gap is a picturesque Alpine town. It’s also a gateway to some excellent mountainous activities. With its soaring peaks, it’s a particularly good spot for mountain climbing.
Écrins National Park is home to many large peaks. Take on the highest peak, the Barre des Ecrins (4102 meters), traversing the largest glacier in the area while you’re at it. Dôme de Neige des Écrins (4,015 meters) is the second-largest peak and technically a straightforward climb (physically is another story). From the summits of these two large peaks, you’ll get amazing views of the rest of the mountains. Another great climb is the interesting spear-shaped Aiguille Dibona (3,130 meters) which is a more technical climb.
During the summer, average daily temperatures in this area 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.
Fly to Alpes–Isère Airport (GNB) in Grenoble. Then, travel in car or bus to Gap.
June through September
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