- Ascent of two major summits in the Ecrins
- Stunning sunrise over the Glacier Blanc
- Easy access on the Paris-Milano TGV line, followed by minibus return transfer
- Hassle free: we use our minibus to transport gear and luggage, and for all transfers; if you've hired gear we deliver it to you at the start of the trip.
- No booking fees
Located in the heart of the Ecrins mountain range and literally stuck to the Barre des Ecrins, the Dôme des Ecrins looks as it were made for ski touring. The ascent of this alpine jewel really is a fantastic adventure, far from the bustling cities and ski lifts, we evolve in the heart of unspoilt nature in the Ecrins National Park. Le Glacier Blanc will not only serve as a landmark during our trip but also as our playground ! From our basecamp, you’ll have an amazing view of the Barre des Ecrins and will be able to see it change colour as the sun sets. A stunning summit of more than 4000 metres high and a very long descent on the last day… This really is one of our favorites !
Meet up at Oulx station (direct Paris-Oulx TGV line) or Briançon, then transfer to Ailefroide.
Departure from Ailefroide (1550 m) or from the pré de Madame Carle (1800 m) depending on the season and snow conditions, hike up to Glacier Blanc hut, where we have dinner and overnight (2550 m). Expect a long day.
Ascent/descent: + 1000 m
Meals included: picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: hut
Departure for the ascent of the Arsine Glacier peak (3364 m): today is another long day but the scenery is superb with a breathtaking view over the North face of the Ecrins. Beautiful descent. Night at the Ecrins mountain hut (3170 m).
Ascent/descent: + 950 m / - 400 m
Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner
Accommodation included: hut
Departure for the ascent of the Dôme des Ecrins (4015 m): we will climb the North face of the Ecrins, well known for its beauty. This climb is difficult, but one that you won’t forget. Descent and return to the valley. Transfer back to Briançon and the train station Oulx-Cesana (TGV).
Ascent/descent: + 950 m / - 2200 m
Meals included: breakfast and picnic
Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival.
The last day, we try to get back on time to catch the TGV, but we cannot guarantee this (weather, traffic). We recommend you to purchase tickets that can be changed.
Train & TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com
Car access : www.mappy.fr
Car pooling: www.blablacar.fr
Free public parking can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended) or in front of our accomodation.
The slopes may have some short steep sections. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may also ski on glacier terrain. You must master kick turns.
Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents from + 800 to + 1200 metres per day.
Good to know: if you don't have the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group if necessary. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !
Skiers only, sorry, no splitboards accepted
Azimut qualified mountain guide.
All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.
Meet our guides just around the corner.
Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as (extra) clothing, your picnic, a few snacks and security equipment for the group.
No lifts in sight !
The price includes
- Trip logistics & organisation upon arrival
- Minibus transfers upon arrival from one of the indicated meeting points
- 2 nights accomodation (half-board) in mountain huts and picnics for 3 days
- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing
- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 3 days (all the guide's expenses are included: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)
- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear
- AZIMUT welcome pack
The price does not include
- Transportation to/from the meeting point
- Ski lift fares
- Gear rental if required
- Your personal insurance
- All drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras
- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”
A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure.
We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity, medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.
Insurance related to repatriation and research are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur.
Tipping is no obligation. However participants usually hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.
Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !
In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.
Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.
Wifi is not available.
Poor or no mobile & 4G coverage.
During the trip
Half board in mountain huts (Glacier Blanc & Ecrins), shared showers and toilets.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: breakfasts and dinners are served in the mountain hut, and picnics are provided for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products: ham, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote.
- Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Mulebar, tasty and top quality cereal bars, no additives, coloring nor conservatives.
Before & after ski touring trips
Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book accomodation before or after the trip. All accomodation on the list is close to the meeting points and you may often benefit from preferential rates.
Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and give photos a funky edge !
Skiing material (all in excellent condition)
- Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings. We advise freeride type skis so you can enjoy powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow
- Ski skins
- Ski crampons (i.e. "couteaux")
- Ski poles
- Ski touring boots
- Ice axe
- Avalanche kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them for free)
- Backpack: capacity of 40 liters
Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended.
They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides systematically use them and we highly recommend you to opt for high quality and reliable gear. If you don't have an avalanche airbag we rent them out at a very competitive price.
If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip !
Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):
|Glacier Package (full pack, ice axe, harness and crampons)||180 €|
|Full Pack (ski, boots, skins, ski-crampons, poles)||115 €|
|Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski-crampons)||95 €|
|Ski Boots||40 €|
|Airbag Backpack||60 €|
|Ice axe||20 €|
You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.
This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.
- Warm hat or buff/scarf
- Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful
- Helmet (strongly recommended)
- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.
- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks
- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack
- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs
- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !
- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.
- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.
- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable !
Odds & ends
Toiletries and first aid kit
- Personal toilet bag
- To make up a first aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website.
If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 15% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.
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