At the very end of the Vallouise Valley, Ailefroide will be an essential visit during your stay in the Pays des Écrins

Ailefroide is a hamlet sheltered from all external influence, with the exception of the mountains as a playground. It is a silent calming place, an experience that you can’t afford to miss.

At the foot of Mont Pelvoux, Ailefroide is a timeless hamlet (part of the Pelvoux municipality) that has maintained its authentic character through its typical stone houses. This natural classified site is only inhabited during the summer.

Ailefroide is a hot spot for mountaineering and is France’s second site after Chamonix Mont Blanc. It is the last stage on the way to the major mountaineering routes to the south of the Écrins massif.

It is without a doubt the ideal base camp for all mountaineering, climbing or hiking enthusiasts. It is from here that you can set off to take on the multi-pitch routes in the Pays des Écrins. Many climbers from all over the world come here for its renowned bouldering site. Hiking routes start from the village: the Celse-Niere Valley is among the places to see.

In a few words, Ailefroide is a soothing place due to the change of scenery it provides. It is free of any disturbance and ideal for rejuvenation with the mountains and silence as sole companions.

In spring, you can reach it by the road that leads to the well-known Pré de Madame Carle and the most beautiful glaciers in the Écrins National Park.