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6-day Glacier Trek in the Ecrins

Join a certified guide from the Azimut Montagne team on a thrilling 5 day traverse through the beautiful Monte Rosa massif in the Alps.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Enjoy a stunning and easy trek across the massif des Ecrins

  • Discover a high altitude mountain environment at the foot of this stunning peak

  • You won’t need any previous mountaineering experience to join this adventure

Description

Ever wished you could reach the top of a magnificent mountain like the ones that stand tall amongst the Alps? But you have no mountaineering experience? Then this 6-days trip to the top of the Barre des Ecrins is perfect for you!

This journey across the Ecrins is accessible for those who love walking and trekking, but don’t have previous mountaineering preparation. You don’t have to be an expert climber to reach this summit! Yet, the views you’ll get from the top, will be equally impressive as if you had climbed any other challenging peak.

Also, this amazing mountaineering adventure will lead you across many charming towns and enchanting villages in the heart of the french Alps. Two of the villages you’ll get the chance of exploring are Ailefroide and la Grave. Both, are meccas for climbers, as just uttering their names is a synonym of mountaineering around the Ecrins. What’s more, you’ll get to experience their amazing hospitality and learn about their intriguing culture.

Moreover, the Ecrins are a region of wild and pristine natural areas. The animals roam free on this mountain paradise. And along with the flora, they have adapted to its very unique climate

This is a trip for the lovers of the mountains, those that adore the high altitudes and dazzling sceneries. It is also made for those that cannot engage in a riskier journey, but wish to get the rewarding views of a challenging ascent, by just walking to the top!

So if you want to join this mountaineering journey, don’t hesitate and contact me. I promise it will be an unforgettable adventure.

Looking for a winter adventure? I also guide this Gressoney 6-day freeride skiing tour.

Accommodation

Gite or in a hostel

More info

Minimum 4 people for this trip. I recommend you bring your personal effects and your mountaineering equipment in a backpack holding 6 to 8 kilograms of equipment (please try and avoid going over this amount) as well as food and provisions for several days. Also, here’s a list of recommended equipment: Clamps Harness Ice axe Helmet Walking poles recomended: those made by Z-pole are compact, light and easy to put into your bag A 1 litre gourde (Thermos or Camelback) A pocket knife Duck Tape Factor 50 sun cream A duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel. No suitcases Warm hat or bandana/scarf. Ski mask and glasses with UV protective lenses. Glasses with “transition” lenses adapt to the level of light and are incredibly useful. Ski helmet (recommended). Breathable under-layer with long sleeves to conserve heat. Light polar vest or synthetic vest for an extra layer. Trousers with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Light fitting polar or soft shell gloves. Mittens. Swimming suit. Please avoid “swimming shorts” as these are not usually permitted. Ski socks. Slippers recommended for evening wear.

Meeting point

Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station or Briançon Train Station

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Itinerary

Day 1: Glaciers de la Meije

First we’ll meet at the Oulx-Cesana train station or at Briançon. There, you’ll receive any equipment you rented. Then, we’ll head to la Grave and start our hiking journey across the glaciers. After which, we’ll ascend to the Glaciers de la Meije with cable cars. And finally we’ll head to the Dôme de la Lauze (3200 metres) via the glacier de la Girose.

Day 2: Tête Nord du Replat

We will begin our journey heading to Tête Nord du Replat (3446 metres). Then we’ll descend the Bérarde (1700 metres). Along the way we’ll get the best views of the south face of the Meije.

Day 3: Refuge de la Pilatte

First we will begin by trekking to the Refuge de la Pilatte (2572 metres). On the way there we’ll encounter dazzling places like North-western face of l’Ailefroide Occidentale, the glacier de la Pilatte, col du Mont Gioberney and l’Oisans.

Day 4: Vénéon via the col du Sélé

After an exquisite breakfast we’ll trek to the refuge du Sélé. Then we’ll climb the Pointe de la Pilatte (3442 metres). Thereupon we’ll leave the vallée du Vénéon via the col du Sélé (3280 meters).

Day 5: Glacier du Coup Sabre

We’ll encounter the magnificent cirque des Ailefroides, the Glacier du Coup Sabre and the Ailefroide. Finally we’ll descend via the vallon Celse–Nière where a minibus will pick us up and take us back to the starting point of our adventure.


About the guide

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We enjoy very much discovering and re discovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet.

Together with the guides in the team, we will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chile, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different every season. It makes us so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1026 each

Group of 2

EUR 1026 each

Group of 3

EUR 1026 each

Group of 4

EUR 1026 each

Group of 5

EUR 1026 each

Group of 6

EUR 1026 each

Group of 7

EUR 1026 each

Group of 8

EUR 1026 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person to join a group of 4 to 6 clients.


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