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Parc National des Écrins

Splendour and Purity

A majestic expanse of mountains dotted with valleys, lakes and high mountain pastures, the Parc National des Écrins is one of Europe’s largest high-altitude nature reserves and a haven for walking, hiking, mountaineering and contemplating the local plant and animal life.

An ode to nature

Set at the crossroads to the Northern and Southern Alps, the Parc National des Écrins is France’s largest national park, spanning 227,000 acres – equivalent to over 130,000 football pitches! Embodying the essence of the Alps, it is an awe-inspiring location, complete with glaciers rising to an altitude of 4,102 metres at the Barre des Écrins, lakes nestling amid ice and rocks, and high mountain pastures where sheep graze in summer.

Official site of the Écrins

Sensational summits

Adrenaline-seekers and would-be mountaineers will be keen to wrap up warm, don their crampons and get climbing on the Massif des Écrins’ stunning array of mountain peaks and glaciers, including the mythical Grand Pic de La Meije, perched at 3,983 metres and the highest summit, the Barre des Écrins. Rising to an impressive 4,102 metres, this is the southernmost of the « over 4,000 » Alpine peaks, offering positively-dazzling panoramic views and the purest breath of fresh air.

Zen mode activated

The Écrins mountain range is also a wonderful place to relax with family, friends, your partner or on your own. Roam the beautiful footpaths lined with larches, follow in the agile footsteps of ibex goats and observe gliding golden eagles through your binoculars. In short, enjoy living at nature’s gentle pace…

 

A new experience in every valley

The Parc National des Écrins comprises 7 major valleys – Le Briançonnais, La Vallouise, L’Embrunais, Le Champsaur, Le Valgaudemar, Le Valbonnais and L’Oisans, all overflowing with exceptional plant and animal life and promising unforgettable travel experiences. Get back in touch with nature with a gentle walk, challenging climb, or simply by drinking in the idyllic landscapes.

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