4-day Tour du Combeynot
Le Monêtier-les-Bains

4-day Tour du Combeynot

History and architecture
Lake and glacier
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The Tour du Combeynot is an easily accessible trail through the mountain valleys of the Romanche and the Guisane, and takes you from one to the other via the Col d'Arsine and the Col du Lautaret to admire the finest peaks of the Ecrins.

The Tour du Combeynot leaves from Col du Lautaret and then heads into the mountain valleys of Les Ecrins. In a decor of rock and glaciers, below the impressive Agneaux mountain, the Pic Gaspard or La Meije (3,983 m), the route makes its way through mountain pastures, larch forests and mountain hamlets. Along the Romanche or on the banks of the Guisane, the fauna and flora appear at each step, as well as the rich local heritage. Between the points of interest and breathtaking views, you make your way between tradition and high mountains.


From Col du Lautaret there are two ways to go to the Alpe de Villar d’Arêne refuge. First, along the Crevasses path, which runs around the mountainside above the Romanche valley, or second, by continuing along the GR 50 as far as the village of Le Pied du Col (accommodation available) and going up alongside the water via Le Pas d'Anna Falque.

From the Alpe de Villar d'Arêne refuge, the path enters the heart of the park and rises gradually to the Arsine glacier lakes, the highest point of the trip. The decor also matches the altitude and there is a high-mountain atmosphere. The trail is transformed in the Guisane valley, with a good path as far as the village of Le Casset, passing in front of the small lake of La Douche at the entrance to the larch forest.

The third stage begins deep in the valley and is a chance to explore the architecture of the valley villages, then follows the slope opposite (on the Cerces side), along the Chemin du Roy, to arrive below L'Aiguillette du Lauzet, where you may spot some Alpine ibex, and the hamlet of Le Lauzet.

The last, short stage heads back up towards the north-west of the Col du Lautaret, along the Guisane torrent, rich in the villages and chapels that are typical of mountain valleys.

  • Departure : Col du Lautaret
  • Arrival : Col du Lautaret
  • Towns crossed : Le Monêtier-les-Bains and Villar-d'Arêne

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Herd protection dogs

In mountain pastures, protection dogs are there to protect the herds from predators (wolves, etc.).

When I hike I adapt my behavior by going around the herd and pausing for the dog to identify me.

Find out more about the actions to adopt with the article "Protection dogs: a context and actions to adopt".
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Information desks

Information center "Col du Lautaret" (summer only)

Col du Lautaret, 05220 Le Monêtier-les-bains

http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/brianconnais@ecrins-parcnational.fr04 92 24 49 74

Under the gaze of the Meije (3983 m) and surrounded by beautiful meadows celebrated in the great names of botany, the former hospice of the Lautaret called "refuge Napoleon" houses the reception and information Park center - Projections, documentation, books of the Park. Accessible to people with reduced mobility. Free admission.

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Information center "le Casset" (summer only)

Le Casset, 05220 Le Monêtier-les-bains

http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/brianconnais@ecrins-parcnational.fr04 92 24 53 27

At the entrance of the hamlet of "le Casset" and near the core zone of the Park, a stop before or after your walk... Projections, documentation, books of the Park. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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Maison du Parc du Briançonnais

Place Médecin-Général Blanchard, 05100 Briançon

http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/brianconnais@ecrins-parcnational.fr04 92 21 08 49

Located at the foot of the medieval town fortified by Vauban, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008, the Maison du Parc Briançon is a welcoming place of information exchange. Three floors of exhibition to discover : the natural and cultural heritage, the museum of the history of skiing in Briançon. Documentation, maps, guidebooks, books and products of the Park. Guided tours for groups by reservation. Free admission.

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Access and parking

From Briançon, follow the D1091 towards Grenoble, passing Le Monêtier-les-Bains and continuing on to Col du Lautaret.

From Grenoble, take the D1091 towards Bourg d'Oisans, then continue towards La Grave and up to the Col du Lautaret. The Chambon tunnel is closed - you need to take the relief road.

Parking :

Col du Lautaret


Parc national des Ecrinshttps://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr

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