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Massif des Ecrins guided mountaineering


Discover the beautiful Ecrins Massif, hiking and climbing on rocks and glacier. Be guided by Julia, an IFMGA-certified guide, in love with the Oisans region. You'll have plenty of options : La Meije, Pelvoux, Le Dôme or La Barre des Ecrins, Aiguille Dibona, Pointe d'Amont...

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1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct


Le Massif des Ecrins is one of the place I like the most in the Alps to practice mountaineering. From June to October, I enjoy very much guiding my friends and clients there.

Whatever your level I'll find for you the perfect mountaineering route. Or maybe you know already which mountain you want to climb in the Ecrins Massif ? You'll find below some suggestions.


This route contains rocky and glacier environment. The level is PD (Peu Difficile). The guide fee is 450 €


It's a rocky route with a night in a refuge. The difficulty level goes from PD + (Peu Difficile plus) to TD (Très Difficile). My guiding fee will vary from 400€ to 600€.


It's a rocky route with a night in a refuge. The difficulty level is D (Difficile). I'll ask 620€ for the guiding fee.


It's a glacier walk with a rocky ridge at the end. The difficulty level is PD (Peu Difficile). I'll ask 450€ for the guiding fee.


It's a rocky ridge with a night in a refuge. The level is AD (Assez Difficile). My guiding fee will vary from 420 to 550€.


We will walk and climb up to le Refuge de l'Aigle on day 1. For the final ascent, we will be walking on a ridge (glacier and rocks). It's a PD (Peu Difficile) mountaineering course. My guiding fee is 700€. You'll find more info in my Meije Orientale 2-day Guided climb program's page.


It's a long glacier traverse with a night in a refuge. The difficulty level is PD+ (Peu Difficile plus). I'll ask 600€ to cover my guiding services for this traverse.


It's route with both rocks and glacier. We will stay one night in a refuge. Le Dôme is a F (Facile) difficulty grade route. La Barre is a PD (Peu Difficile) difficulty graded route. My tarif will vary between 620 and 720€.

These are suggestions, we can of course climb some other routes from the Ecrins Massif. Get in touch with me and let's discuss about your wishes. 

Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

EUR 420 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee



In a mountain hut

More info

  • The guide ratio and the guiding fee will depend on the route we take.
  • On top of the guiding fee, you'll have to pay for the food and the accommodation.

About the guide

I grew up far from the mountains, and I didn't imagine what was waiting for me...
When I was 17, I had the first symptoms: I left without second guessing it my foreign tongues studies and I settled at Briançon, in the Hautes-Alpes, to satiate my passion for snowboarding. I practiced non-stop for some winters, spending the "summers" in the southern hemisphere.
The virus started spreading: my love for large spaces led me to get certified as a mountain leader.
During 10 years, I spent my summers taking groups to discover the most beautiful hikes around the Ecrins massif.
During this time, I discovered alpinism and a there was a new spark in my eyes. The diagnostic came fast: I was severely passionate about the mountains. Since then I never stopped dreaming of every kind of ascent, and I organised my everyday life to try to achieve many of them.
I learned to appreciate equally the end of the mountain journey and the friend or rope parter with whom I share my trips. After 10 years going through paths with hiking groups and with a fierce desire to go higher, I started studying to become a High Mountain Guide. I became IFMGA-certified in August, 2017.
Today I propose to travel this path, leading us sometimes to a summit, to admire the vastness of the horizon, taking us to something simple, pure and essential.
My head is filled with memories and projects, and I would be thrilled to share one with you. But I'm also here to help you turn your own project into a reality.


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What people are saying about -Julia Virat

Nienke Van Ree


April, 2019

Julia was great! She let me explore myself and challenged me at the same time. She helped me to develop my mountaineering skills at my level. She respected my wishes and selected the best projects. I really enjoyed 3 days of mountaineering with Julia 👍.

Matthieu Vaxelaire


April, 2019

It was great!

Paul Stasse


February, 2018

In order to offer an experience of what can be done in the Alps in winter, Julia proposed a mixed package that allowed us to vary all sports. We started with a great ice climbing experience in Combes, Italy. Amazing decor, lots of snow, just enough ice. Dark blue sky in combination with ice blue cascade made it all very special. Next day up “Skyway” to do the ski descent of the Toula Glacier, a 2000 meter ski descent. Good conditions considering the amount of snow that fell throughout the winter. Later that afternoon, a 2 hrs ski walk from the Lavachey Valley up to the Refuge Bonatti, open this time of year. After a great Italian meal, alone in the whole refuge, the next day we took off for an exceptional ski rando up to Col de Malatra. The mountain was ours, fresh tracks up and down, a perfect day for powder enthusiasts. All of this thanks to Julia who again has shown great ability to listen to our needs and allowed us to securely discover new areas in respect to the local weather conditions.

Nico Parmentier


February, 2018

Ski Touring in the Hautes Alpes or how our guide Julia transformed an intro course into an addictive passion. Although I´m passionate about alpine skiing, I had never practiced ski touring. I discovered this discipline along with my two brothers last weekend. Our guide´s knowledge, thoughtfulness and passion for the mountains very quickly transformed these 2 days into a unique and intense experience. If you add the amazing views and the hospitality at the hut to the combo, there´s only one thing left to wish for: to go back as soon as possible!

Chrissy Schreiber


February, 2018

What a fantastic trip. Our guide Julia was amazing. She has an extensive knowledge of the local area and is an very experienced guide. We would highly recommend Julia as a guide.



March, 2017

We thought Julia was wonderful.  Supportive, fun, and knew all the right places to take us despite the weather and being later in the day. We would use Julia again when we have the opportunity to come back and do our dream tour, Vallee Blanche



January, 2017

Ces 2 jours en peaux de phoque avec Julia ont été fantastiques. Julia est pédagogue, patiente, à l'écoute de vos envies et souriante. Malgré les conditions de neige peu favorables (mais un grand ciel bleu), elle a pris le temps pour me donner des conseils techniques pour les conversions et m’a formée pour la recherche en avalanche avec un DVA. Une super expérience et une belle rencontre humaine pour commencer cette année 2017. Je recommande vivement Julia !



September, 2016

Ce voyage était une formidable expérience. C'était la première fois que je faisais de l'alpinisme et tous s'est bien passé. C'était parfaitement adapté à notre niveau. Et puis le guide était génial. C'était super de faire ça entre père et fils sans les mamans. Ca donnait au voyage une ambiance particulière. :-)



September, 2016

Ce périple de 4 jours où l'on était 4 paires de pères et fils a été juste magnifique ! Cette ascension de l'Aiguille du Tour a permis de nous réunir et de nous souder encore plus. Parfois on a du subir les grognements des autres participants mais bon, cela fait partie du jeu. Enfin, si une telle expérience était à refaire, je le ferais les yeux fermés.



September, 2016

I lived a fabulous mountaineering experience together with my guide Julia and 13 years old godson. It was the first time I walked with crampons on a glacier at the bottom of Aiguille du Tour. I didn’t expect this great feeling of meditating while walking surrounded by amazing views. Thank you so much Julia for your kindness and professionalism, highly appreciated! And thank you Expore-Share.com for putting us together! Guillaume



August, 2016

Nous avons tous vécu une formidable expérience lors de notre montée au sommet de l'Aiguille du Tour. L'ambiance et l'entraide entre père et fils nous a permis d'atteindre le sommet. Ce voyage nous a permis de découvrir l'alpinisme car aucun des fils n'en avait encore fait. Le lever de soleil sur les Alpes est juste fantastique, c'est un souvenir inoubliable. Le beau temps nous a permis d'observer les sommets les plus connus des Alpes. Ce voyage fut inoubliable et j'espère encore pouvoir en faire pendant les années à venir.



April, 2016

Ces 3 jours de ski de rando avec Julia dans le massif du Mont Blanc ont été formidables. Avec une météo favorable nous avons pu faire 2 journées de rando glaciaire versant Mont Blanc et une randonnée versant Aiguilles Rouges, 100% en ligne avec mes souhaits initialement partagés avec Julia. Une boucle, le premier jour au départ des Grands Montets, avec traversée du glacier d'Argentière, remontée du glacier du Chardonnet jusqu'au col, puis descente en rappel pour se poser sur le glacier de Saleina, et retour par le glacier du Tour après avoir franchi la Fenêtre du Tour. Pour le 2ème jour objectif Col du Belvédère dans des conditions délicates en raison du vent et d'une neige non décaillée. Retour vers les glaciers jour 3 avec départ de l'Aiguille du Midi, descente partielle glacier du Géant, puis montée vers la Pointe Helbronner, et retour par la Vallée Noire, puis vallée Blanche. Ces 3 jours ont été l'occasion de faire de nombreuses manipulations en raison du profil varié du terrain. J'ai beaucoup apprécié le professionnalisme et l'implication de Julia, sa démarche sécuritaire pointue. Sa disposition naturelle à échanger, partager et conseiller reste un plus majeur, tout en arborant un sourire constant très rassurant dans un univers imposant. Je garde un souvenir fantastique de ces jours de ski de randonnée et Julia y est pour beaucoup.



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