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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Ancelle - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Small mountain village of the Hautes-Alpes, Ancelle takes place at about twenty kilometers from Gap, not far from Buissard, Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur and Forest-Saint-Julien. It is located south of Champsaur, a hundred kilometers from the city of Grenoble.

Located at 1250 meters above sea level and surrounded by many peaks, the municipality of Ancelle has long been isolated due to its geographical location. A first religious community was established at the end of the eighth century, depending on the abbey of Novalaise. Conquered by the Count of Provence in the eleventh century, the territory is gradually opened up and continues, until today, to turn to agriculture and livestock.

Tourism and winter sports are also very important since the 1950s with the creation of a family resort still very popular today.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.6235910 (N 44° 37’ 25”)
Longitude6.2056910 (E 6° 12’ 20”)
AltitudeFrom 1160m to 2779m
Surface area50.66 km²
Population930 inhabitants
Density18 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (11.4 mi, 23 min)
Insee code05004
IntercommunalityCC Champsaur-Valgaudemar
TerritoryAlps, Dauphiné
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes2.9 mi (8 min)
Forest-Saint-Julien4.7 mi (11 min)
Saint-Jean-Saint-Nicolas5.3 mi (13 min)
Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur5.8 mi (14 min)
La Rochette6 mi (14 min)
Chabottes6.2 mi (16 min)
Saint-Laurent-du-Cros6.3 mi (13 min)
Buissard6.6 mi (17 min)
Laye8.4 mi (17 min)
Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur9.6 mi (19 min)
La Bâtie-Neuve9.6 mi (21 min)
Saint-Michel-de-Chaillol9.6 mi (23 min)
La Fare-en-Champsaur9.7 mi (20 min)
Champoléon10.1 mi (25 min)
Poligny10.7 mi (22 min)

Things to see and do

While strolling in the vicinity of Ancelle, you will be able to discover the vestiges of the old village of Faudon. If the castle has been razed, we can still see its ruins recalling a glorious past. Do not miss to visit the archaeological site of Saint-Philippe rich in finds.

But it is mainly the winter sports resort and the natural heritage that attracts visitors to Ancelle. Created in 1953, the latter offers more than twenty kilometers of slopes of all levels, as well as a snowpark.

It is also possible to practice mountain biking, hiking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, paragliding or horse riding.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Ultra Champsaur
European Trial Championship


Ancelle Track View summer
Ancelle Track View summer
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Summit Station on the track Belle Coste
Summit Station on the track Belle Coste
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Ancelle and mountains
Ancelle and mountains
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Hiking the neck of the Ark
Hiking the neck of the Ark
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Ancelle Station in winter
Ancelle Station in winter
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Ancelle winter
Ancelle winter
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Thursday 25 may
Min. 10°C - Max. 17°C
Friday 26 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 19°C
Saturday 27 may
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Horse ride or trek in the mountains
Nature and the great outdoors19 € to 75 € La Roche-des-Arnauds (12.6 mi)
Mountain hiking holiday in the Southern Alps
Nature and the great outdoors140 € La Roche-des-Arnauds (12.9 mi)
Canyoning in the Ubaye Valley
Sports sensations42 € Ubaye-Serre-Ponçon (14.5 mi)
Maiden tandem paraglider flight
Sports sensations65 € to 175 € Embrun (14.8 mi)
Skiing lessons with the Ecole de Ski Français
Sports sensations28 € to 172 € Montclar (16.3 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Arche and the Aiguille
The Piolit
Tour of the Cuchon
Ancelle - Voile de la Mariée Waterfall
Car itineraryEasy4h00Ancelle
From Collet to Three Greenhouses
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h30Ancelle


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