The ''Bella Donna'' is one of the four massifs surrounding Grenoble. Contrary to its neighbours who swallow rainwater in their limestone entrails, Belledonne exposes it on its granitic reliefs through torrents, waterfalls and altitude lakes. The water trickles down and, in some corners of the mountain, small glaciers and snow still hide and supply it for most of the summer. In this area, an important fauna has developed (ibex, chamois, birds of prey...) which find all what they need as well as numerous human activities (pastoral, hydroelectric and touristic). In spite of its austere faces which dominate Grenoble, it is a lively massif which is well worth a short 4-day excursion from hut to hut.
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Departure from the 18th june to 20september 2024
Without luggage transport
255€ per person in dormitory
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The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Departure at the ski resort Chamrousse, transfer from the Grenoble train station if you have chosen this option. Each day one or more alternative routes are proposed to extend the day.
LAKES ROBERT AND BERNARD
Departure from the hamlet of Recoin in Chamrousse and climb towards the Col de la Balme. We leave the ski resort on the right to enter the massif via the Robert Lakes. The itinerary goes along glacial lakes, until the refuge of La Pra, between the summits of Grand Colon and Doménon. Night at the refuge.
4.5 hour walk / Distance: 8km / Elevation: +800m -4000m
LAKE CROZET - JEAN COLLET HUT
Crossing along the Crozet lake, suspended above the valley. The day continues on the side of the massif, above the Grésivaudan valley, with the Chartreuse in the distance. 2nd night in a small refuge perched on the western slope, in the setting sun.
4.5 hour walk / Distance: 8km / Elevation: +700m -900m
COL DE LA MINE DE FER – PAS DE LA COCHE
Climb to the col de la Mine de Fer (2400m), then by a more confidential path, to the brèche de la Roche Fendue, which allows you to switch to the other side of the Belledonne range. A return trip to the summit of the Pointe Centrale Sud du Ferrouillet (2587m) is possible, for a nice 360° panorama: (+/-100m of ascent, cairns markings). The traverse continues on a balcony to the Pas de la Coche, from the pass a short descent leads to the habert d'Aiguebelle. Night at the refuge.
4.5 hour walk / Distance: 9km / Elevation: +800m -1000m
BELLE ETOILE PEAK - 7 LAKES
The day starts by climbing up to the Pas de la Coche, before a beautiful traverse to the Col de la Vache where the gradient changes abruptly. Descent on the myriad of lakes of the 7 Laux, which the path skirts, before leaving the massif by the Montagne du Gleyzin to the Fond de France in Allevard.
6.5 hour walk / Distance: 14km / Elevation: +900m -1560m
End of the hike at Fond de France around 4:00pm.
Transfer to Grenoble with public transfort. (Taxi possible in option, contact us).
Elevation: +/- 800m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 8 hours per day.
Good, well-marked mountain trails. The terrain is quite rocky in the Belledonne and some of the variants are not signposted.
IGN 1/25000 map-reading skills are essential.
Without baggage transport: you have to carry your personal belongings in your rucksack.
For the nights without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
3 nights in a refuge in a dormitory.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnic are not included. They can be ordered in advance in the accomodations. The refuges in this sector are usually supplied once a week. Orders must be placed well in advance
Departure at Lus-La-Croix-Haute.
Check www.oui.sncf for schedules.
Take the A48 motorway to Grenoble, then A51 to Sisteron, exit Monestier-de-Clermont and then follow D1075 to Lus.
End point around 3:00pm in Lus-La-Croix-Haute (Train to Paris at 3:47pm) and 4:00pm in Monestier-de-Clermont.
Extra night in Lus-La-Croix-Haute: 70€ half-board basis.
To be able to easily walk 15km (on flat trails) in 3 hours maximum.
If this is not the case, at least 3 weeks before departure, 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to undertake some prior fitness training: 4 to 5km jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.