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Easy trek in the Ecrins park

Technical lev. : 2 / 5

Technical lev. : 2 / 5

Quite easy mountain hiking, there can be dizzying passages where you have to be concentrated and if you don't feel dizzy it should be fine!
Learning how to start a mountain rescue and cartography.

Physical lev. : 2 / 5

Physical lev. : 2 / 5

Pretty easy hiking trip. Effort corresponding to 700 to 900 m of elevation gain in trekking.

  • 6 days & 5 nights
  • Participants : min 4 max 10
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

This easy trek takes place in a superb mountain corner inside the Ecrins park, you walk at the foot of the glaciers and the walls of the heart of the massif, the refuges are very pleasant and the organization of the trek allows you to travel light. 

From 690

Hiking with a Mountain Guide:

The Esprit Montagne team prepares your itinerary so that you can discover the most beautiful and off-trail trails in the Ecrins. On the route your Guide will show you the orientation and use of the maps if you wish. He will manage the pace and the weather so that the stages are as beautiful as possible. Your Guide is a graduate and passionate about the region: he will make you discover his region and find the most beautiful places so that you can return with beautiful memories and shared moments.

Program of the Easy Trek in the Ecrins:

DAY 1 - SATURDAY - Arrival in Gap

Meeting point: in front of the Gap SNCF train station at 4 p.m. we take a bus for the departure of the Trek which is located near the Chapel in Valgaudemar. After a one hour bus ride we arrive at the start of the trail. We discover this magnificent valley also called "the little Himalayas" in the heart of the Ecrins National Park. After 20 to 30 minutes of walking on a beautiful path, we arrive a little before the evening meal at the Clot Xavier Blanc refuge to eat and spend our first night in the mountains.

Travel time by bus: about 1h10

Vertical drop: + 50 meters
Walking time: around 30 minutes
Night in Refuge

DAY 2 - SUNDAY - Lac Lauzon - Cirque Glaciaire du Gioberney

Lac du Lauzon (2154 meters) - discovery of the valley - night at the Refuge du Clot Xavier Blanc

From the refuge, we take a mountain path to take a little height and reach the Lac du Lauzon, discovery of an exceptional panorama on the summits at the level of the glacial cirque of Gioberney, we can climb towards the refuge of Pigeonnier if you want to lengthen the hike a bit. We spend our day under the glaciers, the peaks of Rouies at 3589 meters is the highest peak of the Cirque above us.

Vertical drop: + 800 meters and - 800 meters with about 10 km of walking
Walking time: about 5 - 8 hours
Night in Refuge

DAY 3 - MONDAY - Refuge de Vallonpierre

Departure for the Vallonpierre refuge. After a few meters along the torrent, we start to climb at everyone's pace. In front of us, the imposing Sirac (3441m) and its hanging glaciers. We go up a valley which is quite wide with superb points of view. Your Guide will explain the geology of the Ecrins massif to you. We can see marmots along the paths. When we arrive at the refuge, we can put down the bags to lengthen the walk a little and try to see chamois or ibex in the surroundings of the refuge. Night at the Vallonpierre refuge.

Vertical drop: + 900 meters
Walking time: about 6 hours of walking
Night in Refuge

DAY 4 - TUESDAY - Col de Valonpierre (2598 meters)

We take advantage of a day with light bags, we leave equipment at the refuge since we are returning to sleep there this evening. We climb to the Vallonpierre pass, to switch to the Champoléon valley. We will go off the trails to do some long-sighted observations.

We can continue towards the Gouiran pass at 2591 meters to enjoy the viewpoint over the valley, before returning quietly to the refuge. The day can be easily reduced or lengthened depending on your form and the weather.

Overnight at the Vallonpierre refuge.

Vertical drop: about 600 meters to 800 meters positive and negative
Walking time: about 6 hours of walking
Night in Refuge


Return and overnight at the Clot Xavier Blanc refuge
Walk on the balcony path to reach the Chabournéou refuge. Then, we take a path towards the Séveraisse torrent. This day allows us to return to our starting point by changing the panorama. It is the end of the trek, this evening we will enjoy our last night in a refuge, with a good meal prepared by the guards.

Vertical drop: - 950 meters and 100 meters positive
Walking time: about 6 hours of walking for about 10 km of walking


Early wake up in the heart of the mountains, we have breakfast with superb landscapes before returning to the valley path and returning to civilization.

We take a taxi back to Gap, the minibus leaves us at Gap station at 10 am, you can schedule your departures from 10:30 am.

END of the TRIP, everyone resumes their journey ...

See you soon for new adventures!



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Du 23/07/2022 au 28/07/2022

au 28/07/2022


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Du 27/08/2022 au 01/09/2022

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Physical level 2/5

Pretty easy hiking trip. Effort corresponding to 700 to 900 m of elevation gain in trekking.

Technical Level  2/5

Quite easy mountain trekking, there can be dizzying passages where you have to be concentrated and if you don't feel dizzy it should be fine!
Learning how to start a mountain rescue and cartography.

Useful information for the hiking trip


Cancellation and repatriation insurance is recommended as well as other insurance guaranteeing search and rescue in the mountains.

See the insurance contract that Esprit des Guides SA offers.


How to reach Gap:

  • By motorway from Grenoble, Montélimar or Aix en Provence depending on where you arrive; follow the motorway to Grenoble then R.N 85 (Route Napoléon) via Col Bayard or R.N 75 via Col de Lus la Croix Haute;
  • By train to Gap station, there is the Paris - Gap night train.
  • First day: meeting at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon

Last day: departure of the group at 10 am on Thursday at Gap station.


Nights in a refuge, room or dormitory shared with the members of the group according to the rules in place because of the Covid, according to availability.

Budget for your hiking tour in France


. Guiding by a State-certified trekking guide from our team;

. Half-board shelters as described in the program;

. Picnics, each day of the program;

. Mandatory transport on the program.


. Cancellation / interruption of stay / loss of luggage insurance and emergency assistance;

. Drinks and personal expenses;

. Additional nights outside the program;

. Anything not indicated in the "Price includes" section.

. Visits and transfers outside the program;

. Tips;

. Anything not indicated in the "Price includes" section.


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