Ecrins trekking

The Ecrins National Park

The National Park is synonymous with biodiversity. Indeed, here, the wealth is immense : what contrasts between Mediterranean south-facing slopes of Embrun and the Barre des Ecrins (4102m), between the spectacular queen of the Alps and the discrete glacier buttercup, between the Plecotus (long-eared bat) and the Golden Eagle ...


This diversity first led to the creation of the Ecrins National Park in 1973. Its duty is its protection and its development. In these places, the opportunities for the hiker, the photographer or the contemplative are numerous. Enjoy them ... in the greatest respect for this exceptional environment.

A few key figures :

Creation of the Park : 27 March 1973

  • Core zone of the Park* : 91 800 ha
  • Optimum partnership perimeter** : 179 581 ha
  • Accommodation : 38 mountain huts and 48 lodges of hiking gîtes
  • Altitude range : from 669 to 4102 m.
  • Highest point : The Barre des Ecrins
  • Paths : more than 700 km and 146 footbridges and bridges in the core zone of the Park
  • Flora : 2500 species including 216 plants listed on the red list of rare and endangered flora and 389 species are endemic to the Alps or have an area of arctic-alpine distribution
  • Fauna : 75 mammals, 233 birds, 16 reptiles, 10 amphibians, 21 fish, 56 dragonflies, 70 locusts and grasshoppers, 222 butterflies, 744 moths...
  • Glaciers : 7,200 ha
  • (Summer) alpine meadows : 68,800 ha
  • Forest : 41,422 ha

* The core zone of the Park is the protected and unspoiled area which is subject to special rules.

** The partnership zone is governed by a charter adopted by the relevant communes.

Website of the National Park : www.ecrins-parcnational.fr




© PNE - Denis Fiat

Benoîtes rampantes et renoncules des glaciers - © PNE - Marc Corail
Mélèze, jeunes cônes - © PNE - Robert Chevalier
Hermine blanche, en pelage d'hiver, - © PNE - Mireille Coulon

Aigle royal - © PNE - Robert Chevalier
Chardons bleus, Reines des alpes, vallon du Fournel - © PNE - Blandine Delenatte
© PNE - Denis Fiat