On the track, at an altitude of about 2500 m, look about! In the South/South East direction you can see at the foot of the Western peak of the Combeynot four white spheres (about 35 cm in diameter)... they are the landmarks enabling scientists to measure the evolution of the rock glacier at Laurichard.
Leave the car park at the foot of Serre Orel to start the ascent in the direction of the Combe de Laurichard. Do not hesitate to look at the signs in the car park, marked « porte du parc national des Ecrins ». 250 m after the car park, the track divides into tow: stay on the one that goes up towards Laurichard and leave to your right the « track for the interpretation of crevasses ». The slope accentuates progressively up to the entrance of the Combe de Laurichard (alt. 2300 m), mineral world ‘par excellence’. The path follows its route at the foot of the South-East face of the pyramid of Laurichard and looks up at the imposing Northern faces, somber and austere, the summits at Combeynot (black rock of Combeynot and the West peak of Combeynot). It is at the foot of these two mineral giants that the Laurichard rock glacier is found with its permafrost – the soil is permanently frozen – but for how much longer, due to global warming? - Continue the ascent to reach Laurichard mountain pass, the panorama embraces the entire Meije massif and the surrounding summits (pic Gaspard, pointe Nérot, Bec de l’Homme,). For the descent, use the same itinerary in the opposite direction.
The bus Grenoble - Briançon, via the Lautaret mountain pass (regional express line: LER 35).
D1091 (Grenoble Briançon), col du Lautaret.
Information center "Col du Lautaret" (summer only)
Under the gaze of the Meije (3983 m) and surrounded by beautiful meadows celebrated in the great names of botany, the former hospice of the Lautaret called "refuge Napoleon" houses the reception and information Park center - Projections, documentation, books of the Park. Accessible to people with reduced mobility. Free admission.
Col du Lautaret
05220 Le Monêtier-les-bains
Lat: 45.03494, Lng: 6.40566
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