We offer two high-definition images of the Écrins massif, facing Hautes Alpes, from around the Janus summit in the commune of Montgenèvre. The area just above the Gondrans chalets, aptly named, is called the "Observatory". Location accessible in winter from the ski slopes of Montgenèvre resort. Many high peaks point their peaks in the sky, easily identifiable from the sources of the Durance.
Hiking and walking in montain and elsewhere
"If you can not think, walk, if you think too much, walk, if you think badly, walk again."
"My right foot is jealous of my left foot, and when one advances, the other wants to pass it, and I, like a fool, walk!"
Ideas of hike of all kinds to discover by clicking on this page links.
The Hautes-Alpes allow a multitude of outdoor activities, most often playful. Many professional activities also depend on the weather. We offer some online forecasting tools but also elements of understanding the top Alpine weather. Indications and information on the web will allow you to establish your own forecasts on the very short term.
A long hike from the Gordolasque valley, accessible from Vésubie in the Alpes-Maritimes. Nearly 1400 meters of elevation will offer you an exceptional panorama from Mont Blanc, the Swiss Alps, to the north, to Mercantour and to the Mediterranean Sea to the south.
A great idea for a weekend getaway, with friends, family or even alone is to make the tour of the Valley of Wonders in the Alpes Maritimes. It is a fairly long but historically interesting route, through the ancient engravings on the rock, and also presenting a fabulous natural attraction as the places are beautiful and the fauna varied and rich, especially in ungulates.
The hike of Grand Morgon or Pic de Morgon will offer you a breathtaking 360 ° view of the lake of Serre Ponçon, the Gapençais but also the Embrunnais. Anticipate the day return to perform the ride. Panoramic images from the summit.
A beautiful walk in the Vercors to the summit of Grand Veymont at 2341 meters above sea level allowed us to observe and photograph many ibexes. We also offer a panoramic 360 ° photo from the summit of the Grand Veymont with a glimpse of Mont Blanc 150 km away but also views of the peaks of the Ecrins massif, more easily recognizable (Barre des Ecrins, Meije etc....).
A hike over the artificial lake of Serre Ponçon to enjoy a panoramic view of Embrun, the turquoise waters of the lake, Savines Lake, Gap and hillsides, the Orres ski resort but also the Grand Morgon almost at hand. The summit hosts a massive stone chapel that seems to have been built to cope with the swiftest windstorms.
A long valley on the other side of Chamonix, just east of Mont Blanc enjoying an Italian Dolce Vita atmosphere. Many centers of interest and natural places more majestic than the others allow you to spend a relaxing or dynamic stay.
A beautiful loop starting from the Melezet (1692m) to the mirror lake (2215m) and then to Lake Sainte Anne (2407m) will offer you varied and wild landscapes alternating under woods and alpine pastures. It is possible to bivouac at the first lake taking care to protect from the cold and the... mosquitoes in the late summer.
We invite you to take a look at a 1732 million pixel (1.7 GB) megapixel HD panoramic picture representing the Vallouise valley and the Ecrins massif from the Oreac plateau above Puy Saint Vincent.
A nice hiking idea in the Vallouise valley is to leave the hamlet of Puy Aillaud (1580 meters above sea level), to reach the summit of Blanche (2953 meters above sea level) and its superb panorama towards the Pelvoux.
The Chapel Notre Dame du Haut on the hill of Bourlémont (commune of Ronchamp), in Burgundy Franche Comté, will offer you a moment of calm and relaxation; especially if you find the way to visit places outside school holiday periods or "big" religious celebrations.
Lake Puy Aillaud (2534 meters) is accessible in about 2 to 4 hours, depending on your pace, from the hamlet (1600 m) of the same name. This lake rounded measuring about 60 meters in diameter.
The viewpoint of the three refuges (2350 meters) is located in the High Alps (Hautes Alpes, 05) in Pelvoux even if the start and most of the ride takes place in Vallouise. The lookout is located in the National Park Ecrins.
30 minutes from Marseille, the creeks have a unique geographical feature in France at least to this extent.
The creeks are accessible only on foot, from Cassis and Marseille.
At the end of August a magical moment occurs at the edge of the Queyras (Hautes Alpes) and Piemont. A beautiful festival takes place at the small shelter Nino Soardi. A live band is playing for about an hour of popular tunes (film music, known jazz standard song etc...).
Bans valley is flooded by spring flowers! Located in the valley of Vallouise after locality of Entraygues towards the Bans refuge the valley is quite easily accessible, a first ascent leads to a ledge. Early in the season, many snowfields through the trail.
The small collar Anon is located between the Fressinière and Fournel valley. Both overlooking the Durance valley in the area of L'Argentière-la-Bessée (South France).