The Prégentil headland
A family walk around the mountainside with very attractive views over Alpe d'Huez, Les Grandes Rousses, Belledonne and the Vénéon.
Perched at an altitude à 1640 m, this is the highest village in Isère, and the second highest in France. 40 people live here today (but just six permanent residents), while there were almost 300 inhabitants 150 years ago. The fairly gentle slopes and favourable orientation gave rise to pastoral farming, despite the high altitude. The farmers used to work at the Ornon slate works, the women worked at home for glove-makers in Grenoble. Access to the valleys has always been difficult, and in 1960 a cable car was used to take cattle down into the Bourg d’Oisans plain. Today, people live in and visit Villard-Reymond for the quality of its environment.
After crossing the square at the top of the village of Villard-Reymond, the path rises to the right between farms that are typical of the Oisans, and reaches the Col Du Solude (1680m). From the Col, head towards Col de Saint Jean, Prégentil. Then follow the forest path that slowly climbs through the undergrowth as far as the stopping place, then take the right-hand fork towards the Prégentil headland. This bare area is like a "footbridge" hanging between the two valleys of the Romanche and the Lignarre. The fine stony path rises slowly to the unsuspected meadows of Col de St- Jean (1842 m). After the panel, follow the path climbing steeply between the resinous trees and leading to the crests. When you arrive in Prégentil, the panorama over the surrounding summits is breathtaking: Belledonne, Les Grandes Rousses, Les Aiguilles d'Arves, La Meije, the Mont de Lans glacier, La Selle, La Muzelle, Le Rochail, Le Grand Renaud, Le Taillefer, with a dizzying 360° view.
The ascent is steeper in the last section through the forest before reaching the crest.
In mountain pastures, protection dogs are there to protect the herds from predators (wolves, etc.).
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Oisans Park house
Rue Gambetta, 38520 Le Bourg d'Oisans
04 76 80 00 51
Video presentation of the natural resources of the Oisans mountain and its crafts. Information, documentation about the Park, projections, reading space for children. Accessible to people with reduced mobility. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.
Access and parking
D526 to La Palud, then the D210 to Villard-Reymond
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