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Écrins National Park

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Straddling the Isère and Hautes-Alpes départements, Écrins National Park covers a central mountainous area of 91,800 hectares ranging in altitude from 800 to 4,102 metres. A favourite destination for nature lovers, this vast unspoiled territory is home to a very rich flora and fauna, including chamois, ibex, golden eagles, foxes, squirrels and marmots, and plants like edelweiss, blue thistle, genépi and gentian. The Écrins mountains are also a paradise for hikers, with no fewer than 740 km of waymarked footpaths, as well as for climbers: it's considered the second mountaineering site in France.

Not to be missed: the Park Visitor Centre (Maison du Parc) located in the Domaine de Charance estate on the outskirts of the town of Gap in the Hautes-Alpes, as well as the Maison du Parc in Le Bourg-d'Oisans, in the Isère, have a large amount of information about the mountains available for visitors and puts on regular exhibitions.

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Écrins National Park

High Valley Séveraisse (© Jean Espirat)
High Valley Séveraisse (© Jean Espirat)
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Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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The White glacier front in 1989 (© Jean Espirat)
The White glacier front in 1989 (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Blanc glacier seen from the refuge in 1989 (© Jean Espirat)
Le Blanc glacier seen from the refuge in 1989 (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Blanc glacier in 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
Le Blanc glacier in 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Blanc glacier in 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
Le Blanc glacier in 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Blanc glacier in 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
Le Blanc glacier in 2008 (© Jean Espirat)
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Le Pré de Madame Carle (© Jean Espirat)
Le Pré de Madame Carle (© Jean Espirat)
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Valley of Black Ice (© Jean Espirat)
Valley of Black Ice (© Jean Espirat)
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The Black Ice (© Jean Espirat)
The Black Ice (© Jean Espirat)
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Lock rocky Glacier White (© Jean Espirat)
Lock rocky Glacier White (© Jean Espirat)
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Vallon du Fournel (© Jean Espirat)
Vallon du Fournel (© Jean Espirat)
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Vallon du Fournel (© Jean Espirat)
Vallon du Fournel (© Jean Espirat)
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Unusual flora in the region (© Jean Espirat)
Unusual flora in the region (© Jean Espirat)
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exceptional Flora in the region (© Jean Espirat)
exceptional Flora in the region (© Jean Espirat)
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Regional Flora (© Jean Espirat)
Regional Flora (© Jean Espirat)
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Regional Flora (© Jean Espirat)
Regional Flora (© Jean Espirat)
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Rarity Botanical (© Jean Espirat)
Rarity Botanical (© Jean Espirat)
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Cascade Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Cascade Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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Hamlet without vehicles Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Hamlet without vehicles Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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Residential Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Residential Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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Dormillouse - Church and old school (© Jean Espirat)
Dormillouse - Church and old school (© Jean Espirat)
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Information Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
Information Dormillouse (© Jean Espirat)
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Top valley Romanche (© Jean Espirat)
Top valley Romanche (© Jean Espirat)
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The Devil Oules - Region of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar (© Jean Espirat)
The Devil Oules - Region of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar (© Jean Espirat)
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The Reu Arsine (© Jean Espirat)
The Reu Arsine (© Jean Espirat)
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Valley Séveraisse (© Jean Espirat)
Valley Séveraisse (© Jean Espirat)
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Black Glacier - Basically, the peak Coolidge (© Jean Espirat)
Black Glacier - Basically, the peak Coolidge (© Jean Espirat)
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Massif and glacier Pelvoux (© Jean Espirat)
Massif and glacier Pelvoux (© Jean Espirat)
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Mont Pelvoux (© Jean Espirat)
Mont Pelvoux (© Jean Espirat)
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Refuge du Glacier Blanc (© Jean Espirat)
Refuge du Glacier Blanc (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije to La Grave (© Jean Espirat)
Meije to La Grave (© Jean Espirat)
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The Meije glacier Rateau (© Jean Espirat)
The Meije glacier Rateau (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije to La Grave (© Jean Espirat)
Meije to La Grave (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije view the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
Meije view the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije to Villar-d ' Arêne (© Jean Espirat)
Meije to Villar-d ' Arêne (© Jean Espirat)
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Meije view the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
Meije view the Col du Lautaret (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Puy Vachier (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Puy Vachier (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Puy Vachier (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Puy Vachier (© Jean Espirat)
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Ice Cirque de la Condamine (© Jean Espirat)
Ice Cirque de la Condamine (© Jean Espirat)
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Cirque and Glacier de la Condamine (© Jean Espirat)
Cirque and Glacier de la Condamine (© Jean Espirat)
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Refuge Gioberney (© Jean Espirat)
Refuge Gioberney (© Jean Espirat)
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The Valgaudemar (© Jean Espirat)
The Valgaudemar (© Jean Espirat)
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Vallon de La Planche (© Jean Espirat)
Vallon de La Planche (© Jean Espirat)
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Vallon Prapic - Region Orcieres (© Jean Espirat)
Vallon Prapic - Region Orcieres (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Muzelle (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Muzelle (© Jean Espirat)
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Refuge Muzelle (© Jean Espirat)
Refuge Muzelle (© Jean Espirat)
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Lake Lauvitel (© Jean Espirat)
Lake Lauvitel (© Jean Espirat)
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red Combe - Valley Vénéon (© Jean Espirat)
red Combe - Valley Vénéon (© Jean Espirat)
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The Refuge Lavey (© Jean Espirat)
The Refuge Lavey (© Jean Espirat)
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