The Parc des Écrins is famous for its beautiful nature and the multitude of hikes that can be done in the area. These can vary from family friendly hikes, such as the hike towards Lac Lauvitel, to day hikes and all the way through to serious 10 day hiking trips such as the GR54 trail.
Ecrins National Park is about a 90 minute drive east of Grenoble. It’s the largest National Park in France and features some of the wildest and most dramatic scenery in the Alps. Perhaps because of that, it remains relatively unknown, its paths less travelled than those famous trails further north around Mont Blanc.
Hotel Au Bon Accueil is situated at the heart of the Parc des Écrins, at the foot of the hike towards the beautiful Lac Lauvitel and directly on the road towards Vénosc, St. Christophe and La Bérarde. Our hotel is tailored to active tourism, from cycling, mountainbiking, climbing to hiking, so hikers will feel right at home. We can provide private bedrooms with comfy beds in an authentic French mountain style. Most of our rooms have their own private bathrooms and toilets.
Our demi-pension includes as plentiful breakfast buffet in the morning, sure to sustain you during a long hike for the rest of the day. In the evening you can relax with a drink and enjoy a delicious 3 course meal, also included in the demi-pension. We can also provide lunch packages to take with you during your hike, which can be ordered with us the day before.
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Some beautiful routes near the Hotel:
Lac Muzelle / Col du Vallon
l’Alpe du Pin
Vallon de Lanchâtra
THE beautiful GR54 HIKING ROUTE
The Tour des Ecrins (GR54) has a reputation for being one of the most challenging multi-day mountain treks in the Alps. This circular 10+ day trek in the Ecrins National Park is over 180 km long, includes 12,800m of ascent and crosses 14 high cols. Although the trek is considered one of the toughest in the Alps, the nature of the paths and availability of numerous mountain refuges and valley gites means it can be undertaken by anyone of reasonable walking fitness, experience and enthusiasm.
French Alps Trekking also offer a 6-day version which takes in the most remote southern section of the GR54.
The trek is usually started from near the town of Le Bourg-d’Oisans to the northwest of the park and follows a mountainous route around the Barre des Ecrins (the most southerly 4000 m peak in the Alps) as well as passing the spectacular peaks of La Meije (3983 m) and Mt Pelvoux (3946 m) and numerous other mountains over 3500 m. Main villages en route include La Grave, Vallouise and La Chapelle en Valgaudemar.
The steep sided valleys typical of the Ecrins are rich with wildlife, including chamois, ibex, golden eagles, griffon vultures and marmots. A wealth of plants and wild flowers and impressive physical geography will delight nature lovers on a daily basis.