The 'GLACIERS'
Far away from the slopes and the hustle and bustle you rise a little higher to get closer to the glaciers of Grandes Rousses, enjoying the soothing silence of nature.
Texte d'introduction & contenu
- Takes place in the morning
- 4 hrs 30 min duration(approx)
- Difficulty Level: 3/5
- Snowshoe Outing 
Your hike starts on the Col du Milieu where you will learn everything you need to know about the weather station which is situated there. This being so precious for the resort.

Then you will snowshoe the plateau of the higher lakes that awaits you at the foot of the big peaks of Les Rousses, the Pic Blanc, Pic Bayle and Pic de l'Etendard.

You will feel so small in front of these immensities of snow and ice!

You continue to Lake Fare where at the shelter of Father Rajon you open the doors for a welcome break.

In the distance the Massifs of Belledonne and Vercors.

You return on the ridges on the west side and the experience concludes with magnificent landscapes to devour the eyes.

Your 'GLACIER' programme details:
The success of this trip will depend on weather conditions. If conditions require adjustments or suspension of this program we will notify you the day before.
The Morning
  • See you at 9.00am at ESF Alpe d'Huez
  • Safety is a top priority. A small point before departure is to prepare your route: snow conditions, weather and hire/organisation of your kit.
  • From the premises of the ESF we climb towards the Col du Milieu and it's weather station at an altitude of 2700m by the double monocable (DMC).
  • We then go on the plateau of the upper lakes, facing the great glaciers.
  • We cross this eastern plateau to the lake of Father (Fare) where you see the shelter of Father Rajon at more than 2600m. The place is perfect for a short break before returning to the resort.
  • We leave by the crests of the western border.
Equipment recommendations:
Provisions supplied:
  • Security kit (bag, shovel, DVA, radio)
For you to bring:
  • Snowshoes and poles (easily hired at most ski hire shops or the possibility to reserve your equipment via ESF)
  • Good walking boots
  • Small snacks
  • Water
Your questions answered...
How much history surrounds this area?
This is a place steeped in history
"I like the special atmosphere of this plateau that allows you to get closer to the glaciers and especially the silence that surrounds it, far from the ski lifts.
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I'm interested in this program
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