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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.
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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.
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.
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.
June to September
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