4-day Tour du Taillefer
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4-day Tour du Taillefer

4-day Tour du Taillefer

History and architecture
Lake and glacier
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This Alpine trail is an invitation to experience the summits, to daydream in the streets of high-altitude villages, to ascend the high mountain passes and to walk across the Taillefer plateau, with its unique and untamed atmosphere. The trip last four days. A real change of scenery!

You leave one civilisation for another: the civilisation of the mountain dwellers. Meet people, share daily lives that are very different from our own, and explore wild nooks and crannies with exceptional natural riches. It’s all there.


We begin by going upwards and savouring the high mountains, via the Col de Corbières (1926 m), and the little mountain village of Villard-Reymond (the second highest village in France).

The next day, you go down towards the Lignarre torrent, crossing it near the village of La Palud, before going up towards the hamlet of Ornon and tackling the ascent that will take you to the Taillefer refuge (2056 m).

You now begin to explore the magnificent landscapes and the special atmosphere of the lake plateau, which you will fully experience the next day for your last stage, taking you back to the resort of Alpe du Grand Serre.

And it’s not finished! From Alpe du Grand Serre, you still need to go up to Plancol, to admire the view over the Ecrins and Le Grand Armet. Then, during the descent, you pass through a few dizzying sections and return to the starting point: the Col d'Ornon.

  • Departure : Col d'Ornon
  • Arrival : Col d'Ornon
  • Towns crossed : Chantelouve, Ornon, Villard-Reymond, Oulles, Livet-et-Gavet, La Morte, and Lavaldens

Altimetric profile


Ask about the opening dates for accommodation.

Ask about snow conditions on the mountain passes early in the season.

Be careful in the descent from Plancol to Col d’Ornon - some very high sections and sections with cables.

Herd protection dogs

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Information desks

Maison du Parc du Valbonnais

Place du Docteur Eyraud, 38740 Entraigues



04 76 30 20 61

Reception, information, temporary exhibition room, reading room and video-projection on demand. Shop: products and works of the Park. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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Oisans Park house

Rue Gambetta, 38520 Le Bourg d'Oisans



04 76 80 00 51

Video presentation of the natural resources of the Oisans mountain and its crafts. Information, documentation about the Park, projections, reading space for children. Accessible to people with reduced mobility. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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Access and parking

- From Bourg d'Oisans, head for Grenoble along the D1091, then turn left onto the D526 as far as Col d'Ornon

- From Grenoble, head for Bourg d'Oisans along the D1091, passing Vizille and Rioupéroux, then, a few hundred metres before Bourg d'Oisans, turn right into the D526 and go as far as Col d'Ornon.

- From Entraigues, head for Le Périer along the D526 and go up to Col d'Ornon, towards Bourg d'Oisans

Parking :

Col d'Ornon car park

More information


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

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