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Climbing the Dôme des Ecrins

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Nicolas, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you on this 2-day climb of the Dôme des Ecrins. It's a technically easy climb, and very rewarding!


2 Days

Jun - Sep


The Dôme des Ecrins is one of the two peaks of the Ecrins rising above 4000 m. Its ascent is a real trip on the Glacier Blanc that offers an incredible view of the beautiful Alps!

Technically, to do this climbing, it's only necessary to know how to walk with crampons. Physically, it's a different matter. In fact, we will have to go beyond 1000 m of altitude change, in an already rarefied oxygen atmosphere in which the ascent takes place, between 3000 and 4000 m.

Finally, the arrival to the Dôme is a great moment of happiness!!

Although technically it’s an easy climb, the ascent to the Dôme is exposed to objective dangers (crevasses) which change depending on the weather. I can modify the program if I feel that the risk associated with these objective dangers is really important. Moreover, I can modify it according to the level of the participants.

The 2-day trip is very demanding. So, for the beginners, the best option is to consider the climb over 3 days, more progressive and allowing a better acclimatization.

If this beautiful adventure sounds interesting, I invite you to contact me. It will be a pleasure for me to take you to the Dôme.

And it's not over, I can also take you Climbing La Meije and Le Doigt de Dieu, have a look!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Ascent to the Ecrins refuge

We meet the Glacier Blanc refuge. We go to the heart of the glacier, for an incredible ride! By late afternoon we reach the Ecrins refuge.


Day 2: Dôme des Ecrins (4015m)

Today is the big day! We ascend the Dôme des Ecrins on a tormented glacier. And once we get to the summit, it’s amazing! Then we return to the valley.




More info

The price indicated is without ice school. Price with ice school: 240€ per person.

You don't need previous high mountain experience, but you do need to be in good physical shape.

Equipment: 1 or 2 telescopic poles, rigid mountain shoes, harness, crampons , ice axe, helmet, backpack (35L minimum), 3-4 layers for the upper body, mountain fabric pants, gloves (warm and thin), glacier suited sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection, 1L water bottle (minimum), 1 headlamp with new batteries, leggings, hat, money for the refuge, identity card and insurance (in waterproof container), snacks.

If you don't have, I can loan you harness, helmet, ice axe and crampons.

It's mandatory to have insurance (individual liability, repatriation, medical). Please check with your insurance company that you are properly insured.


  • 50€ for the refuge (half board accommodation)
  • Around 40€ divided by the number of participants (my expenses that you have to cover)

Meeting point

At the Pré de Madame Carle, in front of the Cézane chalet at 1PM or at the Glacier Blanc refuge at 3PM.

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

UIAGM mountain guide.

My base camp is at Champcella, in the High Alps, at the foot of the Ecrins and right next to the Queyras. I've fallen in love with this region, ideal for year-round mountain practices. It's a true paradise in the open air: alpinism, ice climbing, ski touring, off-piste ski, chutes, snowshoeing, via ferrata, canyoning, long hikes... almost anything can be done in this region!

This advanced base camp also allows me to easily explore every corner in the Alps, this multi-faceted massif that you can keep exploring your whole life... The most renown ones are Mont Blanc, Ecrins, Valais, Oberland and Dolomites, but there are also many less known massifs, far from the crowds! And from the Alps to other massifs in the world, there is sometimes only one step!

But way beyond the geographical wanderings, I consider mountain adventures as an inner journey above all, a journey guided by the joy of your discovery, by friendship and simply the pleasure of being.

The rope, a very symbolic link, much stronger than the piece of nylon that keeps alpinists together, is to me more exciting and rewarding than the sole "conquest" of a summit, than the sole technical and physical achievement.

Alpinism is a human adventure above all!





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