Heritage of the col du Lautaret
The Lautaret pass, between the Arves and Ecrins massifs, marks the limit between the communes of Villar d’Arêne and Monêtier les Bains. It is one of the lowest points on the border between the Southern and Northern Alps. For a long time, the Lautaret pass has been a communication route between Grenoble and Briançon and also allows you to reach Italy via the Alps. It is also part of the route of the Grandes Alpes.
The Col du Lautaret has a rich historical and architectural heritage to discover: the hospice Sainte Madeleine built to shelter travellers crossing the pass, the “refuge Napoleon“, a former mountain refuge, and the Col de Lautaret tunnel, a structure protecting the road from winter snowdrifts.
Since its inauguration in 2016, the Alpe Gallery at Lautaret has welcomed the public, students and researchers. The site organizes exhibitions and conferences, but also offers more space to Chalet-Laboratory researchers working on the development of modern botany and ecology.
Once at the summit, you can enjoy the view of the Meije mountain range, the Grand Galibier and other peaks of the Écrins massif. The Lautaret pass enjoys a Mediterranean and mountain climate, between sedimentary rocks and crystalline massifs.