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The Ecrins Haute Route: France's Wildest Ski Tour

A wild tour in France's most untamed and inaccessible mountain range.

Description

Make no mistake about it - this is a long, serious and "out-there" ski tour. To complete it you'll need skill, experience, good weather and a solid team to ski with. However (as with all difficult mountain endeavours) the rewards when the stars align are more than worth the effort you put in.

The Ecrins mountains are the domain of the true ski mountaineer and (unlike most of the French Alps) have been left wild, and free of sprawling ski resorts. The peaks are high and aesthetic and anyone who puts in the effort to wait for a weather window, plan and then execute this tour will be handsomely rewarded by a true mountains adventure.

Ecrins Haute Route: Alpe de Villar d'Arene Hut to Ecrins Hut via Col Emile Pic 3483m
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Ecrins Haute Route: Alpe de Villar d'Arene Hut to Ecrins Hut via Col Emile Pic 3483m

7.5 km1,521 m435 m61°
A crucial link up a complex glacier through a high col, with an optional peak
Severe
Private
Ecrins Haute Route: Ecrins Hut to Dome de Neiges des Ecrins to Glacier Blanc Hut
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Ecrins Haute Route: Ecrins Hut to Dome de Neiges des Ecrins to Glacier Blanc Hut

11.9 km983 m1,614 m43°
A famous ski mountaineering day, to the ski summit of the Dome des Ecrins (4015m) before a descent to the Glacier Blanc Hut
Severe
Private
Ecrins Haute Route: Selle Hut to Chatelleret Hut
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Ecrins Haute Route: Selle Hut to Chatelleret Hut

Les Deux Alpes and La Grave
6.3 km725 m1,133 m42°
A mellow mountain journey through a high pass with a great descent
Difficult
Private
Ecrins Haute Route: Glacier Blanc Hut to Col du Monêtier to Monêtier-les-Bains

Ecrins Haute Route: Glacier Blanc Hut to Col du Monêtier to Monêtier-les-Bains

10.1 km807 m1,878 m44°
A relatively easy skin with a steepening to the final col before a nearly 2000m descent to finish.
Difficult
Private
Ecrins Haute Route: Chatelleret Hut to Adele Planchard Hut

Ecrins Haute Route: Chatelleret Hut to Adele Planchard Hut

5.0 km1,258 m324 m47°
A long climb to a high col with amazing views, then a traverse to a high hut- into the wilderness!
Severe
Private
Ecrins Haute Route: Approaching the Selle Hut
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Ecrins Haute Route: Approaching the Selle Hut

La Grave
2.0 km34 m866 m41°
A steep S facing descent to be timed carefully for spring snow
Severe
Private
Ecrins Haute Route: Adele Planchard Hut to the l’Alpe de Villar d’Arène Hut

Ecrins Haute Route: Adele Planchard Hut to the l’Alpe de Villar d’Arène Hut

10.4 km674 m1,758 m39°
Ascent of la Grande Ruine before a huge descent
Severe
Private