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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes

Nicknamed Cité des Caturiges, Chorges blossoms at 825 meters above sea level in the valley of the River Avance. Benefiting from an exceptional location in a preserved natural area, the commune spreads out on the municipal territory in different hamlets, sometimes perched on the glacial slopes of the Ubac, sometimes clinging to the hills of the mountain of the Piolit. Torrents and rivers meander in the valley and delimit the commune like the lake of Serre-Ponçon in the East, making of Chorges, a city of water. Moreover, this is where the spring water "Roche des Ecrins" is bottled. Besides water, the city thrives thanks to agriculture. The main axis of passage of the Alps, the commune has experienced a turbulent history. In fact, the old stones also have a say in Chorges. Many monuments are still present giving an old-fashioned and authentic charm to the village. From narrow cobbled streets to quaint plots, the town has a unique character.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.5457160 (N 44° 32’ 45”)
Longitude6.2755480 (E 6° 16’ 32”)
AltitudeFrom 773m to 2510m
Surface area53.34 km²
Population2886 inhabitants
Density54 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGap (11.8 mi, 24 min)
Insee code05040
IntercommunalityCC Serre-Ponçon
TerritoryAlps, Dauphiné
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Prunières3.5 mi (9 min)
Montgardin4.1 mi (11 min)
La Bâtie-Neuve5.3 mi (11 min)
Saint-Apollinaire5.7 mi (13 min)
Savines-le-Lac7.8 mi (13 min)
La Bâtie-Vieille8.8 mi (19 min)
Avançon8.8 mi (18 min)
Saint-Étienne-le-Laus9 mi (15 min)
La Rochette9.1 mi (20 min)
Rousset9.6 mi (23 min)
Réallon10.3 mi (23 min)
Valserres11.3 mi (18 min)
Crots11.3 mi (19 min)
Puy-Sanières11.3 mi (23 min)
Ancelle11.4 mi (30 min)

Things to see and do

The green setting in which Chorges is located is conducive to nature sports and relaxation. And the first thing to do is to discover this exceptional natural environment. The hike is therefore included in the program of your activities. In winter, you can put on your snowshoes and go on different marked itineraries according to their difficulty. In the warm weather, the walk takes you on a hike to discover Chorges without its snowpack. A part of the Chabrières peak and the Piolit are classified Natura 2000 zone, which promises you great encounters with the local fauna and the possibility of admiring a rare flora. The numerous streams present in the town invite you to practice fishing. You will soon fill up your fresh fish platter by plunging your line into the torrents and rivers. Do not forget to bring your fishing license. Lovers of strong feeling, you will not be disappointed. You will be able to try one of the biggest zip lines in Europe, sometimes touching 140 km / hour. You can also practice paragliding, canyoning or climbing. Unless you prefer to take the height with a small round balloon. And to make every effort, nothing is worth a trip to the spa. For the lovers of the old stones, your visit begins with the Saint-Victor church. Dating back to the 12th century, the Romanesque-style building is classified as a Historic Monument. Inside, you can discover, among other things, traces of the passage of the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela. A little further on, the pink marble fountain, dedicated to the benefactors who saved Chorges from the flames in 1850, is also listed in the Historic Monuments. Various stones from the old castle of Chorges have been reused in various works visible on the commune. One of the curiosities remains undoubtedly the viaduct under the lake, which can still be crossed when the water level is low.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Every Sunday morning in the main street stands the market. You will find regional products, fresh and tasty, to fill your basket. It will be an opportunity to immerse yourself in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the village and meet local producers, proud to present their production. Cheeses, vegetables, meats and fish find themselves on the stalls and fight for your favors.

In July the market potter of Chorges, on a pretty place of shady village... Animations: workshop children with animal modeling, competition of the most beautiful piece with the work to be won, in the square of the fort in full Heart of Chorges, beside the church. Free entry.


Tuesday 25 april
Min. 4°C - Max. 14°C
Wednesday 26 april
Min. 5°C - Max. 11°C
Thursday 27 april
Min. 3°C - Max. 14°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning in the Ubaye Valley
Sports sensations42 € Ubaye-Serre-Ponçon (8.1 mi)
Skiing lessons with the Ecole de Ski Français
Sports sensations28 € to 172 € Montclar (10 mi)
Maiden tandem paraglider flight
Sports sensations65 € to 175 € Embrun (10.8 mi)
Rafting in Ubay in the Alps
Sports sensations40 € Le Lauzet-Ubaye (11.1 mi)
Mountain hiking holiday in the Southern Alps
Nature and the great outdoors140 € La Roche-des-Arnauds (15.7 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Moissière
HikeEasy2h30Ancelle (4.6 mi)
Notre-Dame du Laus
HikeIntermediate5h00La Bâtie-Vieille (5.6 mi)
La Bâtie-Vieille - Rambaud
HikeEasy3h00La Bâtie-Vieille (5.6 mi)
The Arche and the Aiguille
HikeAthletic3h00Ancelle (6.4 mi)
The Piolit
HikeIntermediate4h30Ancelle (6.4 mi)


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