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Discover the stunning mountain scenery and incredible climbs waiting around La Grave!

Situated in the shadow of La Meije and the rest of the Barre de Ecrins mountains, La Grave is the perfect starting point for all sorts of ascents. Combining gorgeous mountain scenery with plenty of incredible ascents, the perfect summer adventure is waiting. 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 La Grave. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Mountain Climbing in La Grave

What should I know about Mountain Climbing La Grave?

Sitting at the northern foot of the Barre de Ecrins massif, La Grave is perfectly suited for a variety of different mountain climbing adventures.

Aside from the incredibly popular 2-day ascents of La Meije. Other than the iconic peak, the national park boasts more than 45 different mountains climb.

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.
Aiguille d’Olan (3,564 meters) is another popular destination for climbers and sits in the southwest of the park. Many climbers opt to get here by heading along a ridge that goes over Pic Turbat and Pic des Souffles en route.

Why should I choose La Grave for my Mountain Climbing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Sitting on the northern limits of Ecrins National Parks, La Grave boasts some of the best mountain scenery in all of France. 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 conquered presents an incredible challenge for intermediate and advanced-level climbers. 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.

Plenty of variety

One of the many perks of heading to La Grave for a mountain climbing expedition is all the variety available. From single-day ascents of to multi-day, multi-peak traverses, there is a ton of flexibility. One of the most popular options is taking on Barre des Ecrins (4,102 meters) and Dome de Neige (4,015 meters), although there are plenty of other options as well.

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

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 La Grave?

Any trip to La Grave likely begins with a flight into Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS). From here, La Grave is accessible by bus and is only a 2 hour drive away by rental car.

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Best time to climb

June to September

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