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Hiking in the Écrins National Park

A holiday in La Vallouise is synonymous with hiking in the heart of the Écrins National Park and discovering the wealth of fauna and flora.

Whether you are looking for a fun outing or a longer hike lasting several days, La Vallouise is the ideal destination where everyone will find something to suit them.

ÉCRINS NATIONAL PARK

DISCOVER THE PARK

The Écrins National Park is an ideal destination for hiking with family, friends or other athletes.

We encourage you to visit the Park website ‘Rando Ecrins’ that promotes the different itineraries to follow on foot or by MTB.  There are roughly 100 routes and 800 heritage elements that are illustrated in text and images.

The site also offers a dynamic map, 3D navigation, GPS tracking and a free service to export printable hiking files.

A mobile application, which came into operation in early 2015, means you can take your itinerary with you and navigate in GPS mode using your smartphone or your tablet.

CALL ON A PROFESSIONAL TO DISCOVER THE PARK DIFFERENTLY

Visiting the Écrins National Park with a mountain professional means you will explore it in a different manner and you will be able to visit secret spots that are less well known by the general public.

You can choose between a mountain guide and a high mountain guide.

A mountain guide is a nature expert with a vast knowledge of the fauna and flora and is passionate about the trails and the mountain way of life.

A high mountain guide’s approach is different as he will lead you to reach the summits, roam over glaciers and will introduce you to mountaineering, on skis or on foot depending on the season.

VISIT THE ÉCRINS NATIONAL PARK CENTRE IN VALLOUISE.

During your stay in La Vallouise, don’t forget to visit the Vallouise Écrins National Park Centre, which was entirely renovated in 2014.

This is another way to discover the Park. The method is innovative, educational and entertaining.

The Park Centre has a documentary area, a shop, a personalised welcome thanks to a receptionist, a temporary or permanent exhibition area and an audiovisual and conference area.

The Park Centre has a programme of events for the spring and summer and encourages everyone to take part in conferences, workshops, presentations and offers to discover the area.

Many books, audio-visual elements and other totally specific media carried out by the Park agents are also available to consult or to buy in the shop.

Open all year from Tuesday to Friday, except bank holidays from 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm.

In June and the first half of September, open daily from 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 6 pm.

July and August: daily from 10 am to noon and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

HOW TO GET TO LA VALLOUISE?

WHERE IS LA VALLOUISE?

The villages of Vallouise, Pelvoux and les Vigneaux are part of la Vallouise in the Pays des Ecrins at the gateway to the Écrins National Park.

We are in the Hautes-Alpes, one of the sunniest areas in France. Sunshine and good humour are what you can expect in La Vallouise!

Learn more about the entertainment that is organised in summer by clicking here.

For more information on the Pays des Écrins, please contact the Tourist Office on +33 (0)4 92 23 36 12 or by e-mail at contact@paysdesecrins.com.