The National Park of Les Ecrins

Jewel of ecology, landscapes and cultural heritage protection, the National park of Les Ecrins offers a plenty of discoveries for alpinist, hikers and walkers, in its valleys of La Roizonne, La Bonne, and la Malsanne.

Discover a high mountain park

Between Gap, Grenoble and Briançon, the park is delimited by the drainage basin of La Romanche in the North, La Guisane and La Durance in the East and South, Le Drac in the west. It's a high mountain territory with its summits peaking at 4102m, La Barre des Ecrins. In total, more than 150 summits peak at 3000m above sea level and valleys are about 1000m high.

The National park has a various and lush fauna and flora (more than 2200 species of vertebrates and invertebrates and 2500 type of plants) and the heart of the park is an area very protected which is reachable only on foot. Numerous itineraries (one day long maximum) allow to discover mountain villages, alpine pasture, lakes, waterfalls and a lot of other treasures.

Created in 1973, the National park of Les Ecrins is one of the 10th French national parks with La Vanoise, Port-Cros, Les Pyrénées, les Cévennes, les Calanques, le Mercantour, la Guadeloupe, la Réunion et la Guyane.

More information on theNational park of Les Ecrins : www.ecrins-parcnational.fr 

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The Ecrins and the Valbonnais:

Composed of 3 valleys, the Bonne (Valjouffrey), the Malsanne (Le Périer and Chantelouve) and the Roizonne (Lavaldens), the Valbonnais is one of the 7 valleys in the National park of Les Ecrins. It’s situated between 700m and 3564m high (L’Olan) and covers by itself almost half of the forest of the parc.

From easy and family walks, with low altitude to alpine itineraries in steep paths, you will discover the diversity of the territory, with very different slopes.

In Entraigues, the House of the Park of Valbonnais is open all summer and offers explanation on the National park through documents at your disposal,an exhibition, an audio-visual area and has a souvenir shop. The House of the Park is also one of the information point of Matheysine.

Open from 3 July to 31 august: every day 10 – 12 and 15.30 – 19