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La Meije, French Alps, 4 Day Guided Ski Tour

Meije

Experience 4 days of amazing ski touring through the Ecrins massif in the French Alps, culminating with an ascent of the great La Meije peak with IFMGA certified guide, Roger.

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Alps

4 Days

Mar, Apr

Fit

Intermediate


Description

Throughout the French Alps there is an abundance of great peaks and massifs, including the Ecrins massif. This impressive massif consists of more than 100 different peaks. One such peak is the stunning La Meije (3,984m). And for 4 days, we will ski tour around the Ecrins massif, where you will get to enjoy many amazing descents. And we will also make our way to the summit of La Meije, before skiing back down.

Beginning in La Grave, we will make our way up by cable car to the alpine areas of the Ecrins massif. Up in the peaks, you will get to enjoy some truly breathtaking views of  the surrounding Alps. You will also get to enjoy several thrilling descents, some as much as 2,000 metres long!

There is a long list of highlights you will get to see during this 4 day adventure. Some examples include the following.

  • Laume Dock (3,568m)

  • Selle Glacier

  • Breche du Rateau (3,335m)

  • Valley des Etancons

  • Serret du Savon

  • Meije Glacier

  • l’Homme Glacier

  • Tabuchet Glacier

We will also be staying in 3 different refuges during this trip. Each one is high up in the mountains. Hence giving you the full alpine experience both day and night. They are also very warm and comfortable. So you will get all the rest you need for the next day’s skiing!

Exploring, scaling and descending a mountain like La Meije is an unforgettable experience. And I would be more than happy to guide you through it. So send me a request, come to La Grave, and let the 4 day adventure begin.

Would you like to ski tour around another great mountain in the Alps? Then join me on this week long expedition around the gorgeous Monte Rosa.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does not include the ticket for the cable car at La Grave, which is 37 Euros per person, half-board accommodation in the 3 shelters, which will cost 140 Euros per person, transportation and accommodation in La Grave, and any extra drinks or other personal expenses.


Itinerary

Day 1: La Grave

After meeting in La Grave, we will take a cable car to the highest point of the station. After that, we will skin to the Laume Dock (3,568m). Afterwards, we will enjoy a descent to the La Selle shelter (2,673m), where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Valley des Etancons

Today we will trek up the Selle Glacier to the Breche du Rateau (3,335m), and enjoy a great descent along the couloirs to the Valley des Etancons and then go to the Promontoire refuge (3,082m), where we will spend the night.

Day 3: Meije Breccia (3,357m)

Today we will climb tot he Meije Breccia and then descend to the Meije Glacier to the l’Aigle refuge (3,450m), where we will spend the night.

Day 4: La Meije (3,984m)

On the final day of the trip, we will make our way to the summit of La Meije. Afterwards, we will descend either by the l’Homme Glacier or by the Tabuchet Glacier.

 

Details

Accommodation

La Selle shelter (2,673m), Promontoire refuge (3,082m) and l'Aigle refuge (3,450m).

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: Backpack (25 - 30L), mountain ski equipment, safety equipment (skis, boots, skin, blades, canes), crampons, ice axe, helmet, technical clothing for ski mountaineering including t-shirt with thermal/synthetic tights, ski mountaineering pants, waterproof pants, waterproof jacket, buff for the neck, thin gloves, thick gloves, hat, cap, sunglasses, first aid kit, personal toiletries, sun cream, lip protection, photo camera. The shelters provide slippers, so you do not have to bring extra shoes. Sleeping bags are also not necessary to bring.

Meeting point

La Grave

About the guide

I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding.

After touring the world fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides in the Pyrenees.

My resume has technical training in mountain medicine, snow studies, search and rescue complete training, meteorology and botany.

I spend the winters enjoying the unique snow conditions in the Aran Valley, as a ski touring and freeride Guide, and summers climbing the countless areas of excellent rock, either granite, limestone or conglomerate in the Pyrenees. I also spend a lot of time in Iceland during the summer guiding my friends and clients across these incredible landscapes.

While traveling the world, I make every effort to show the beauty of the landscapes, the quality of the rock and the best snow in the Pyrenees to everyone who wants to check them out.

Please get in touch with me if you want to discover the Pyrenees!

Languages

Italian | English

Certificates

UIAGM | IFMGA

Residence

Val d'Aran, Pyrenees


What people are saying about Roger Martorell

Paul Woods

5.00

August, 2022

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Joseph Curran

5.00

July, 2022

Trip of a lifetime. As with all things mountains, things didn’t go exactly according to plan, weather forced changes, us tired and slow clients forced changes and roger handled these in stride and adjusted the plans seamlessly. He knew when to push and when to back off. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the mountains, history and the local plants and wildlife. I had high expectations for the trip and it was even better than I had imagined, if you’re thinking of doing a trip with Roger, I highly recommend him as a guide in whichever discipline you prefer.

Marcus Clausager

5.00

August, 2021

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Kevin van Reenen

5.00

August, 2020

Awesome trip! Thanks to Roger for guiding me to the summit on a really extreme day of wind and rain. Unique and epic day out on the mountain. Also thanks to Maca at Explore Share for helping with the booking to ensure everything went smoothly, especially during these uncertain times. Great service!

Harrison Scott

5.00

February, 2020

Absolutely brilliant trip - would high recommend Roger and Chur they are fantastic, responsive and extremely helpful people!

Ian Bywater

5.00

June, 2019

It's a long slog of a climb, but doable as long as you're reasonably fit (but you don't need to be an Olympic athlete). The views are stunning. The Puente (bridge) de Mahoma is mentally tough with steep drops either side and some uncomfortable climbs. I'd strongly recommend using a local guide as they help you with the planning, kit and techniques, they share knowledge of the surrounding area that you wouldn't get otherwise and they help you over the more challenging stretches

Hancong

5.00

July, 2018

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david reitz

5.00

June, 2018

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Stan Beraznik

5.00

March, 2018

We had a very good trip — thank you!   Roger was really a great guide and we were very pleased working with Nacho as well.  The itinerary went well and Roger did a good job adjusting the itinerary as needed. Thanks again!

Willy

5.00

April, 2017

The helicopter was a surprise and it was awesome, it was a great first time experience in the backcountry. Our guide, Roger, was really helpful and patient with us and we found really good snow.  The hiking up was especially tiring when it was really hot but the skiing was epic.

Sarah

5.00

April, 2017

Roger, our guide, really made the trip memorable for us. He had a challenge every day to plan the route according to the snow conditions, temperatures (it was quite warm), the skills and endurance of our kids and keeping it fun for all of us. It really showed that he put thought into planning each day and wanted to find the best route for us to enjoy the backcountry and get some good skiing!  He knows the area so well and every day he planned was awesome. The helicopter trip. It was planned by Roger and something we never would have thought of doing for our children's first backcountry experience but it was absolutely the best. "Double thumbs up" according to Willy, our son. The location that Roger picked out for the skiing and the hotel, Bahns de Tredos, was perfect for being in the backcountry all day and then returning to the hotel for a delicious late lunch, thermal hot tub soak and then a gourmet dinner all in a hut/backcountry setting.  We felt very spoiled!

Maddy

5.00

April, 2017

If I had to describe the trip in 4 words : 'It was epic-ally awesome

Sofia

5.00

January, 2015

Roger has the 3Ps, Passionate, Professional and Prudent. I did tour skiing in the Pyrenees (Beciver 2660 m) and the tour was amazing. He adapted his rhythm to the rhythm of the group and he is prudent something that I really appreciate. Going up was hard but then once you get to the top you enjoy the view and you forgot your name. I would totally recommend him. Is not that easy to find trustful guides. He is your man!!!


 

 

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