2020 - This national park in the French Alps, offers trekkings along four-thousander Barre des Écrins (4,102 metres), followed by La Meije (3,982 metres), Ailefroide (3,954 metres) and Mont Pelvoux (3,946 metres). Lots of multi-day hut tours with spectacular views of the mighty peaks of the massif.
Alpine regions are unpredictable. Always carry water, food and temperature protection. From April until October you are able to start trekking at altitude. Only in July and August the hiking trails are free of snow.
Signposted walkways will keep you on track. Some technical parts need you to clamp and climb a little. On average you'll make a 4 km/hr.
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The north side, with the valleys of Romanche and Guisane, is busy with ski resorts (Alpe D'Huez, Lautaret, Galibier).
The valleys of La Bérarde and Ailefroide cut deeply into the massif and become the base camp for mountaineers in summer.
The southern half of the massif, with Valjouffrey, Valgaudemar and Champsaur is the most remote.