Combe Oursière

Combe Oursière

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A hike with the colours of the larch, taking you to the small hanging valley of Combe Oursière.

”Early in the morning, everything is quiet in the Combe Oursière valley. After making our way through a larch forest with its shimmering colours, and then crossing calluna heaths that turn red in autumn, we arrive in a stonier world. At the bottom of the corrie, chamois graze peacefully on the scree herbs."

Marion Digier, regional park keeper in Valbonnais

11 points of interest

  • Flora

    Natural Hayfields

    Agricultural specialists consider a meadow as natural if it has not been ploughed or fertilised over the last ten years. This is the case for those that you will see, surrounded by hedges, at the start of the hike. The meadows have an important variety of plant life and consequently attract multitudes of pollinating insects, including domesticated bees of course.
  • Fauna

  • Flora

  • Flora

  • History

  • Geology and geography

  • Fauna

  • Fauna

  • Panorama

  • Flora

  • Flora


From the car park, take the track up to the Béranger valley as far as the edge of the Ecrins Park. At the National Park entrance panel is a place where tree trunks are kept, which is the starting point for a path running parallel with the track. Follow the path for about a hundred metres, then take the right-hand fork to cross Bot wood. The path runs under a rocky bar and twists and turns its way up to the Draire river gorge. The landscape then opens up, the forest giving way little by little to more isolated trees and lower-lying vegetation. At the crossroads with the Echarennes valley, turn right onto the path taking you up to the top of the Combe Oursière valley. After the half-barrel cabin, you can continue on across the valley along a small path that keeps to the same level. The path leads to the panorama over Pré Chrétien. You follow the same route on the way back.

  • Departure : Village of Valsenestre, Valjouffrey
  • Towns crossed : Valjouffrey


Altimetric profile

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.

Golden eagle

Impacted practices:
Aerial, , Vertical
Sensitivity periods:
Parc National des Écrins
Julien Charron


Bivouac area for hikers 500 m upstream from the village of Valsenestre. Camping is forbidden by local decree in the rest of the Valjouffrey area.

Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

Maison du Parc du Valbonnais

Place du Docteur Eyraud, 38740 Entraigues 76 30 20 61

Reception, information, temporary exhibition room, reading room and video-projection on demand. Shop: products and works of the Park. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

Find out more


Bus from La Mure to Entraigues (Transisere - line 4120). Change at "Entraigues Place" for the local Valjouffrey service (local bus for 8 passengers) to Le Désert-en-Valjouffrey.

Access and parking

At Entraigues, take the D117 towards "Valjouffrey". Before the Chapelle-en-Valjouffrey bridge, follow the road going up to the left. The village of Valsenestre is at the end of the road.

Parking :

Village of Valsenestre car park.


Parc national des Ecrins

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