Dome des Ecrins ascent in 4 days

Want to try your first 4000er? Join a certified mountain guide from the Azimut Montagne Team on this 4-day ascent of beautiful Dome des Ecrins with the best preparation!




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Do you want to get to the top of a 4000er? This program, an introduction to mountaineering, is perfect for you! The ascent of the beautiful Dome des Ecrins (4015m) is a must.

    To success in summiting this peak, I organized a full program. In fact, it includes acclimatization, practicing how to progress on glaciar terrain, rock climbing school… By objective is to allow you to feel confident about the basic techniques, therefore enjoying the ascent!

    And comfort is also part of the program, as we will sleep in good accommodations and enjoy tasty meals.

    On the first day we arrive to La Grave, by cablecar to one of the glaciers. It’s a very beautiful area of the Ecrins massif and we start learning techniques right away. Then we go up to the Pic du Glacier d’Arsine (3364m). It’s a perfect ascent to acclimatize, looking forward to our final objective.

    We will definitely save energy to try the ascent of Dome des Ecrins on the day with the best weather conditions. Ideally it will be the last day, but we can adapt it.

    The Dome is an ideal summit to reach your first 4000er. And it’s definitely a beautiful outing in the mountains. You will go back home fit and tanned!

    The main reasons why I like guiding my friends and clients here are:
    – The ice practice on the Girose glacier with amazing views over La Meije
    – The ascent of Dome des Ecrins in a magnificent environment
    – There will be one guide every 3 people (so if you are more than 3 a friend guide will join us)

    Tempted to try your first 4000er? Then don’t hesitate to send me a request and specify which date suite you! If you come as a group you can contact me to adapt the program. The Dome des Ecrins is so beautiful that you definitely also have to come in the winter, check out this ski touring program.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    785 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Lifts tickets
    • Transport during the trip
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Acclimatization and exercises

      We meet at Oulx or Briançon. We stop at Briançon if you need to rent equipment. Transfer to La Grave. This first day is for acclimatization. We go up by cablecar to 3200m. There we can already touch the glaciers. We practice some exercises on the snow and ice: roping, use of ice axe, crampons and ice screws. Depending on the level of the group and the weather conditions, we will go to the Girose pass (3514m) or to the Dome de la Lauze (3559m). Then descent by cablecar to La Grave and a short transfer to the small village of Villar-d’Arêne. We spend the night at a comfortable lodge.
      D +/-350m

    • Day 2Rock climbing - Glacier Blanc refuge

      Transfer to Ailefroide, a small village at the heart of the Ecrins massif. There we take some time to have a climbing class and we have some fun rock climbing. After a nice picnic under the larches, and even a nap, we start walking the magnificent path that will take us to the Glacier Blanc refuge (2542m). We will be in the heart of the Ecrins National Park. It’s a beautiful setting, so take the time to enjoy it!
      D +800m
      Duration: 3 hours

    • Day 3Pic du Glacier d'Arsine

      Ascent of the Pix du Glacier d’Arsine (3364m) and descent to the Ecrins refuge (3175m), where we spend the night.
      D +900/-300m
      Duration: 5 hours

    • Day 4Dome des Ecrins

      Early start to ascend the beautiful north face of Ecrins. And the magnificent reward is the Dome des Ecrins at 4015 meters! We descend to the Pré de Madame Carle (1870m), then transfer to Briançon, where you get back your belonging and can take a shower before returning home. Transfer to Oulx if needed.
      D +900/-2150m
      Duration: 8 hours


    Other details

    Skill level required

    First time

    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    At Oulx or Briançon.


    At lodges and refuges.

    More info

    - The indicated price is the starting price. Depending on the date, the price can vary.

    - Group size: 3 to 6 people. If you are more than 3 people, a second guide will join us on the ascent day.

    - I recommend you to have cancellation insurance. Search and repatriation insurance is mandatory. I propose you to hire insurance through Europ Assistance upon booking the trip with me.

    - Equipment: crampons, harness, ice axe, helmet, walking poles recommended. If you don't have the necessary equipment, you can rent it with me! Alpi pack (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe, mountain shoes) 105€, harness 24€, mountain shoes 35€, crampons 24€, helmet 18€, ice axe 24€.


    About the Guide


    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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    What People are Saying about Azimut Montagne


    My trip was cancelled one week before the departure😡🤬
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    What an incredible experience. Everything went superbly , the guides, organization and the team did a spectacular job.
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    Jason Baynes
    I was disappointed. I was slower than the rest of the group reaching Tete Rousse, and the guide discouraged me from going to Gouter. I had a slight ankle sprain the day before which slowed my ascent. I recovered 95% the day after. My complaint: when I decided to go for a second guided attempt, at a slower pace, I received no help in securing a guide, or a reservation at Gouter. The online reservation showed fully booked both for Rousse and Gouter. But I know that there were lots of empty bunks at Rousse, and I suspect the same at Gouter. I received sympathy, but only as a formality. Initially I had sought a single dedicated guide, but I was encouraged to join a group. I did not get a choice.I should have known better, I knew my pace would be a bit slower, but I counted on your support and understanding. I got neither. I was on my own with no help.
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