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The original and complete traverse of la Meije, one of the most iconic ski traverses in the Alps
The complete Tour de la Meije is a prestigious ski touring itinerary around one of the most aesthetic mountains of the Alps, la Meije, and in the heart of the Ecrins massif. We offer you the opportunity to do this original variation of the Tour de la Meije over four days and experience a ski traverse in an absolutely stunning environment, combining long descents and beautiful climbs. This version of the Tour de la Meije is truly an outstanding ski mountaineering journey. A must for freeride and ski touring lovers!
You regularly ski tour in the backcountry with day tours or multi day tours. The accumulation of efforts does not scare you and you can link together multiple climbs and descents in all snow conditions. You are comfortable on steeper slopes for the climb and the descent.
You are in very good physical shape. You are able to easily climb and ski all day with a backpack between 10-15kg, depending on the technical level of the trip.
The small village of the Pied du Col (1660m / 5,446ft) is the starting point of our journey and we set off towards the Adèle Planchard mountain hut (3169m / 10,396ft). It is a long way up through magnificent landscapes: we first cross the Pas d'Anna Falque, the gateway to the valley of the source of the Romanche river. The majestic Agneaux peak stands in front of our eyes and we head right. At the junction with the path leading to the Pavé mountain hut, we skin towards the wild Vallon de la Plate des Agneaux. The slope becomes steeper in the final part, and we eventually reach the Adèle Planchard mountain hut, located at the foot of the Grande Ruine peak in a breathtaking high mountain environment, the summit of the Barre des Ecrins sticking out in the background. Night in the mountain hut.
Vertical: +1500m (4,921ft) from the Pied du Col to the Adèle Planchard mountain hut
After an early wake-up call, a climb leads us to the summit of the Pointe Breevort (3765m / 12,352ft), the highest peak of the Grande Ruine. From there, we can enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramas over the Ecrins massif! We enjoy our first ski descent of the trip down to the Col des Neiges (3348m / 10,984ft) then we briefly skin up to the Col de la Casse Déserte (3483m / 11,427ft), and enter the Vallon des Etançons. A great ski descent allows us to reach the Châtelleret mountain hut (2232m / 7,322ft) and then we skin up to the Promontoire mountian hut (3092m / 10,144ft), nestled into the impressive south face of la Meije. Night in the mountain hut.
Vertical: -1533m (5,029ft) from the Grande Ruine to the Châtelleret mountain hut
+860m (2,821ft) from the Châtelleret mountain hut to the Promontoire mountain hut
From the Promontoire mountain hut, we climb to the Brèche de la Meije (3357m / 11,013ft) to access the north face of la Meije. We cross the bergschrund and enjoy skiing across the top of the glacier of la Meije, at the foot of the impressive north face of la Meije. We reach the base of the Serret du Savon couloir (3399m / 11,151ft), and climb it with our skis on our backpacks. Once at the top, we traverse across the Tabuchet glacier, leading us to the Aigle mountain hut (3450m / 11,318ft), perched on a rocky outcrop in a stunning high mountain environment. Night in the mountain hut.
Vertical: +250m (820ft) from the Promontoire mountain hut to the Brèche de la Meije
-350m (1,148ft) from the Brèche de la Meije to the base of the Serret du Savon couloir
+400m (1,280ft) from the base of the Serret du Savon to the Aigle mountain hut
During this last day, we will climb from the Aigle mountain hut up to the Meije Orientale (3891m / 12,765ft), the easternmost summit of the la Meije ridge. We will leave our skis and climb with our crampons of the final summit section. From there, we can enjoy stunning views of the Écrins and most of the Alps, ranging from Mont Blanc, to the Matterhorn, and even Monte Rosa. We will have the choice for our final ski descent between the glacier de l'Homme and the Tabuchet glacier. Either way, it will be fantastic skiing, combining a very long descent in a fabulous setting! Arsine or La Grave will be the final destination of this exceptional four ski touring adventure around la Meije!
Vertical: +441m (1,446ft) from the Aigle mountain hut to the Meije Orientale
-2441m (8,008ft) from the Meije Orientale to La Grave