Hiking with donkeys in the heart of the Ecrins

Category(ies) : Hiking



  • 7

  • Accessible to all

  • Yes

  • La Grave

  • See the map below, the exact address will be sent to you by e-mail


A hiking traveling accessible to all, to the unforgettable panoramas! The ideal place for lovers of wide open spaces, high place of hikers and mountaineers! We take advantage of the sparkling lakes of altitude effects mirrors and surprising colors. The shelters and villages of character of the country of the Meije and the Ecrins we take you to discover the history of this fascinating country! The majestic peaks and glaciers are here at your fingertips, it's as if we can touch them! We will enjoy unforgettable walks in the heart of the Ecrins National Park, as preferred, to meet an exceptional flora and wildlife. Discovery of heritage and all its natural resources. This circuit is rich in its variety, it will make you pleasantly live hiking in its finest moments. It is ideal for exploring heritage and the natural riches of mountain life: of Emparis Plateau, La Grave, La Meije, Arsine, the National Park of the Ecrins, Monêtier baths, high valleys and glacial lakes... 7 days, from Hut to hut.
Family, donkeys are our business. They will motivate the younger, in Exchange for hugs. They know together and motivate!

Predictable :
  • Rain jacket, breathable jacket type Goretex, with hood sunscreen, stick for lips, warm clothing, polar type hat, or slight pharmacy windstopper: tape and double skin, anti-diarrhoeal, analgesics, personal medicines...
  • Water bottle pocket to water or other container, 2 litre minimum capacity plate and covered (box airtight plastic) for our altitude lunches a few plastic bags to protect your business, and pack your trash necessary personal: a Pocket seal with your identification, money, certificates of insurance, assistance, camera and other belongings by avoiding to take unnecessarily (prefer harmonica trumpet!)
What is included :
  • Accommodation half board picnics fees of the attendant Transport of luggage and transfers by taxi to the classic formula.
  • Framing
Program of the activity :

Day 1: appointment and departure of Besse in Oisans. Mounted on the Emparis plateau (comes from "in Paris" because the wealth and beauty of this huge mountain pasture was reminiscent of the grandeur of Paris...). A great landscape interest, the plateau is protected as a world heritage site. Beautiful belvedere, it is also and especially a vast and rich territory of pasture is considered as one of the best pastures of the Alps.
Sunrises and sunsets on the Meije, the rake and the Glaciers of Mount of Lans, Girose, Meije and Tabuchet. Night on the plateau, about 3 h 30 walk in the day with a level difference of + 690 m.
Day 2: departure in the face of the Mont de Lans and the Girose glacier, we go through the restaurant Lake and Black Lake, facing the majestic Meige whose reflections come to drown in lakes...
An unforgettable step to the breathtaking views! 5 hours of walking around, offering + 200 m; -960 m, night in a hamlet of charm, in the face of the Meije, a framework special and unforgettable experience!
Day 3: La Grave (Celtic word which means strike or gravel): planted at 1500 m above sea level on a rocky promontory which dominates the Valley of the Romanche. The Grave is from the middle ages, the administrative and commercial center of the high-Oisans. At that time, while the upper part of the Valley seems widely populated, this important community has more inhabitants than Bourg d'Oisans, the economic and administrative capital. The Grave would have been surrounded by a fortified, now totally disappeared, but that still binds on the highly concentrated urban fabric of the town. True witness of an era when the town dominated the Valley of the Romanche, the Church of la Grave is classified historical monument. We will work closer with a mineral and ice world: Lake ice of Puy Ray, both popular with local fishermen. We are on the famous area of La Grave! 4 hours of walking around, offering + 1100 m, - 400 m. Night at the Refuge Chancel, home and originality guaranteed! Day 4: sweet day at the unforgettable panorama: we operate at the foot of the most beautiful peaks of the Ecrins: the rake, the Meije, the beak of the man. Bucolic afternoon in the mountain pastures and forests of larch. 5 hours of walking around, drops - 1100 m, + 250 m day 5: field of the bearded John Leblanc, often flying over the Valley in the morning looking for his prey.
Climb to Romansh, the Anna Falque no sources. We finally get to the heart of the National Park. the Ecrins, under the glacier of the man. Possible return to the sources of the Romanche (2143 m) where the show on the glacier of the Platte, lambs as well as on the glacier of grave Muree is a beauty. At the end of the day, being in the central area of the Park, the chamois are often meet... 2 h 30 walk, afternoon in option, + 645 m for the morning, 2 to 3 hours following the motivations! Day 6: the col of arsine, marmot paradise! An early start may provide us an opportunity to meet some chamois? A few detours we will allow to discover all beauties glacial lakes. We here almost touch the ice! Wonderful descent on Serre Chevalier Valley, along the Reou of arsine and its opaque Lakes of glacial flour, giving surprising shades of colors. 5 hours ago, slopes + 270 m; -840 m day 7: recovery from the bottom of the Valley, along the Guisane: Serre Chevalier Valley! A beautiful last step to the wire from the water, crossing meadows and pastures, we reach one of the most beautiful passes in the Alps. In the face of human Glacier, we end our tour! Transfer organised to find our vehicles. 2 h 30 walk, slopes + 545 m

  • Activity duration : 7 days
  • Activity framed : Yes
  • Level : Accessible to all
Rules and conditions :

According to the weather conditions, or other security requirements, I'll only judge to cancel or change the program.

Times are given as an indication and calculated to average walkers off breaks and time taken for the picnic.

Physical level: hiking traveling without difficulty technical, accessible to all and the younger. Steps 4 to 5 hours of walking. A little 'more' will be possible for the most fit, to explore other curiosities, and views! The walking pace is rather slow and steady, the aspect 'discovered' being preferred to the sporty look. However, a prior physical preparation will allow you to make the most of your stay.

Accommodations are chosen for their hospitality and comfort. These are comfortable refuges with large dormitories, or collective rooms. Possibility to reserve double rooms for the night of day 2, 4 and 6 with a supplement.

Classic luggage transfer: no porting: we walk with only the necessary business day and picnic lunch.

The refuge of the Chancel, in his mineral universe is inaccessible by road, we will have to carry the minimum to spend the night. The exceptional setting will make us forget this "discomfort"!

Formula family with donkeys luggage transfer: no porting: only the necessary business day and picnic lunch. Bat donkeys carry our business and walk with us. Your luggage is therefore limited to 6 Kg per person.

Food: The dinners and breakfasts are taken in accommodation, half-board. Picnics are prepared by my care and doors by the Group at each step. The spirit of community and sharing is expected for these moments of sharing and relaxation!
Thanks for the heads-up before the stay of any diets.
At what age can we bring his children?
There is no general rule. History and experience show that children can travel from five or six years if they enjoy life in the great outdoors, the effort, the change of habits, and if they are well supported.

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