Stage 3 - Southern Alps
Ecrins - Belledonne - Vercors
20 à 35 J
Mountains similar as the Northern Alps, but with the added bonus of sunshine, the Hautes-Alpes is a paradise for hikers who venture there.
The difference in altitude per km of this stage is one of the highest in the HexaTrek. A difficult stage with tricky sections, but a guaranteed immersion in nature.
Less touristy than its closest neighbour, the Hautes-Alpes are discovered during this great crossing before joining the Pre-Alps, the Vercors and the Baronnies region.
THE SUNNY ALPS
The Tour des Écrins is the only place on the route where the HexaTrek allows itself a 140km diversions to see the best of this place.
The plateau of Emparis, the Meije, the lake of Lauvitel... the tour of the Ecrins, it's almost 8000m of difference in altitude in a place cut off from the world.
A real UFO of the HexaTrek, the Mont Aiguille stands like a statue in the middle of the chaotic scenery of the Vercors cliffs. And it is above all the emblem of the HexaTrek! The high plateaus are a haven of peace outside of time and the Archiane cirque a masterpiece of nature.
Discover the hidden treasures of these mountains. The Seven Laux lake, the Pra pass or the Crozet lake, this mountain range is as surprising from its own lair as it is for the views it offers of the Chartreuse or Bauges massif.
INFORMATION & TRANSPORT
Seasonalities, places of departure and arrival, means of transport
The airports of Avignon or Montélimar are the closest to the town of St Martin.
The nearest airport to Le Lautaret is Grenoble
Jui - Oct
This location is close to a motorway exit. Bus routes are available
To get to the Col du Lautaret, there is only one possibility apart from the car, it is the bus line (Bourg D'Oisans / Briançon)
Snow risks are high from October and before May.
In winter, mountaineering equipment is mandatory.
The nearest main lines are in Orange and Montélimar. The nearest train station is Bollène-la-Croisière where you can take a bus to Saint Martin d'Ardèche.
The nearest train station is in Grenoble
TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE
THE AIGUILLES D'ARVES
The Aiguilles d'Arves are the emblem of the Maurienne.
The Aiguilles d'Arves dominate the Arvan valley. The most beautiful trilogy of the Alps according to the locals
This pretty high altitude lake located at the southern end of the Belledonne massif, will offer you a landscape that looks like Canadian rocks. In good weather, you will have an exceptional view of the Taillefer massif.
The Meije is without doubt one of the most beautiful mountains in the Alps. Majestic, it dominates from the top of its 3983m the high valley of the Romanche where the two pretty little villages of La Grave and Villar d'Arène are nestled, each surrounded by their hamlets.
Lake Guichard is famous for its panorama of the Aiguilles d'Arves which are reflected in it. An ideal mirror to admire the sunrises and sunsets in the Maurienne.
THE MONT AIGUILLE
Among the wonders of the Dauphiné, Mont Aiguille is remarkable for its shape, which changes according to the point of view, sometimes needle and sometimes tooth.
More than an emblem of the region, Mont Aiguille is also the emblem of the HexaTrek
LE PLATEAU D'EMPARIS
The Emparis plateau is an ocean of greenery, calm and restful, in the heart of the jagged mountains of the Oisans, with fabulous scenery over the escarpments, flat terrain suitable for bivouacs near the sublime Lac Lérié or Lac Noir.
It is the wild heart of the Vercors, without roads or permanent dwellings.
Located at the foot of the Grand Veymont (highest point of the Vercors: 2341m), it is home to many remarkable species.
Located at an altitude of 1530 metres, the Lauvitel lake is the largest lake in the Ecrins massif
Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the Belledonne chain, it is undoubtedly as wild as it is quiet.
It offers a breathtaking view of the Chartreuse natural park.
Whether you are leaving for the great adventure, or simply a section of the Hexatrek, discover the most beautiful landscapes of the route in pictures
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