Introductory Mountaineering Holiday in the Ecrins in the Alps

Introductory Mountaineering Holiday in the Ecrins in the Alps

A mountaineering trip off the beaten track. Climb three big alpine summits in the Ecrins National Park away from the honeypot mountains. Real mountaineering how it used to be!

Location: Valgaudemar Valley and Ecrins National Park, Southern French Alps

Months available: June, July, August, September

Holiday Guide Price
Adult: 1362€ to 1403€
Prices will vary depending on your dates, party size and / or accommodation choice.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a choice of base accommodations including hotel with half board or camping.
  • 2 nights half board accommodation in high mountain refuges (breakfast and dinner).
  • Guide fees with fully qualified UIAGM high mountain guide for Les Rouies, The Sirac OR Olan and Obiou OR Piolit (guide ratio between 1:2 and 1:6 depending on summit)
  • All technical equipment (harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons)
  • Transport to and from scheduled activities
  • A tree planted on your behalf to help with your carbon offsetting

If you are a passionate walker or climber and love the mountains, you will find it difficult to resist the lure of the big Alpine peaks and will love this mountaineering week off the beaten track!

This is a mountaineering trip for walkers or climbers who want to climb in the high mountains away from the honeypot mountains! The trip is based in the Ecrins - one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the Alps. It is much less busy than the Mont-Blanc massif with the added bonus of the best sun record in the Alps!

It is a progressive week of mountaineering and alpinism taking in three spectacular peaks of the Southern French Alps including L'Obiou 2789m or Piolit 2464m (Grade: facile / easy), Les Rouies 3589m (Grade: facile / easy) and either the Sirac 3440m (Grade: peu difficile / bit more difficult) or L'Olan 3564m (Grade: peu difficile / bit more difficult).

Two of the summits involve glacier crossings and scrambling / climbing in high mountain conditions and all the peaks have exposed sections!

Over the course of the week, you will learn and practice essential rope and safety techniques for moving together and climbing in the high mountains and across glaciers with opportunities to learn more advanced techniques.

If you have never climbed in the high mountains before or had glacier experience, this is an ideal week to discover walking and climbing in crampons and climbing in big boots! You will also learn how to pace yourself at altitude.

The area we use for this mountaineering trip is away from the main tourist areas so you won't be sharing your experiences with 100ds of other mountaineers and should get a real taste of the magic of mountaineering in the Alps!

The area is rich in flora and fauna with golden eagles, wild boar, chamois, ibex, marmots and there are wolves in the vicinity. For flower enthusiasts, look out for the orange lily, the 60 plus species of orchids including the lady's slipper and countless others.

A real taste of classic mountaineering and alpinism off the tourist track!

Have a look at our mountaineering kit list for advice on what to pack.

You may also be interested in our Dome des Ecrins and Barre des Ecrins mountaineering trips.


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We recommend travelling by train. The nearest train station is Gap and from here there are local bus routes to La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar. We provide transport from there.

We also offer a transfer service from Gap to your accommodation. Please ask us for quotes!

Jarrah Harburn - Mountaineering and Alpinism Holiday

September 2018

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Had an unbelievable time with Undiscovered Alps climbing Les Rouies. Our guides were experienced, professional and to sa...

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Shyam Machiraju - Mountaineering and Alpinism Holiday

July 2011

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My first encounter with mountaineering and alpinism and I must confess that was so good that am already thinking of book...

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