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Descent from the Col du Galibier

Hikes & walks in Le Monêtier-les-Bains

Descent from the Col du Galibier - Hikes & walks in Le Monêtier-les-Bains

This is a really lovely beginner’s descent on the old road down from the pass, facing the spectacular Meije. All the landmarks are there for you to admire, including the Glacier de l’Homme, Glacier du Fauteuil, Pic Gaspard and the Doigt de Dieu.Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme) - Departure: Col du Galibier 2546 m (Desgranges stone marker) - Arrival: Villar d'Arène 1640 m - Time: 1 1/2 hours - Distance: 15 km - Highest point: 2543 m - Lowest point: 1640 m - Total ascent: +170 m - Total descent: -1059 m - Technique: 1/4 - Endurance: 2/4 - Map: Top 25 Meije Pelvoux 3436 ET and Valloire 3435 ET - ROUTE - Start off at the Desgranges stone marker and go round a ruined house lower down, behind which the path begins. Cross the road to take the "Chemin du Galibier" on the other side. Ride down the bends of this peaceful path to - the Col du Lautaret road (D1091). Cross over the road to the track opposite, which leads to the col (2 km). Once at the col, cross over the road and go past the bar/restaurant "La Ferme" to join up with the GR 50 path. From this point onwards, the route is marked "FFC no.13". The track winds its way through peat bogs in pastureland and after 2.5 km, you arrive back on the Col du Lautaret road (D1091). Cross the road and carry on the path to the hamlet of Le Pied du Col, where you turn right on the road and then after 150 m, right again onto a track that takes you to Villard’Arène.

Description sheet

Departure municipalityLe Monêtier-les-Bains
Outing typeMountain bike itinerary
Kilometres14 km
Altitude upon departure32767m
Change in altitude170m


Depart from the town of Le Monêtier-les-Bains, latitude 45.0617 (N 45° 3’ 42”), longitude 6.40565 (E 6° 24’ 20”)


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