The Ecrins Circuit Trek - GR54
- A superb trekking holiday in a quiet corner of the Southern Alps
- A real trek one of the best Alpine `Grande Randonees`
- Experience the wildest and most spectacular reserve in France
- Views of the Barre des Ecrins and Meije
- No camping using only hotel and gite accommodation
This classic trekking route around the high peaks of the Ecrins National Park has long been a favourite amongst French 'randonneurs'. Largely following the route of the GR54 we explore the high valleys of the Valgaudemar Oisans and Briancon regions with their picturesque villages high trails and spectacular viewpoints. This is one of the wildest regions in the Alps and has a central core of high and glaciated peaks including the Meije (3983m) the Barre des Ecrins (4102m) the Pelvoux the Agneaux the Ailefroide and the Olan. Circling these peaks with our English-speaking local 'accompagnateur' we have the chance to experience the pastoral heritage of a region where shepherds and their shaggy 'patous' dogs still roam the high flower-filled pastures. With around 7 hours walking per day on good way-marked trails this is a long and very rewarding Alpine trekking holiday.
Is this holiday for you?
This is a superb walking week in a quiet corner of the Alps. Completing a clockwise circuit around the Ecrins Massif we follow the way-marked footpaths of the GR54 for most of the route. Each day we have between 5 and 8 hours of walking with a considerable amount of ascent and descent. Our main baggage is transported between overnight stops and is accessible each evening with the exception of the night we spend at the Refuge de la Chaumette which cannot be reached by road. This is a relatively tough Alpine trekking holiday with 7 long days.