Bivouac and fire in Belledonne

Some people practice bivouac, which requires adapted equipment, skills and wellbeing. This practice must be carried out with kindness and respect for the natural environment and pastoral activities.

Bivouac in Chamrousse

In Chamrousse 1650, a bivouac area next to the Chapel allow those who wish to carry out the GR738 in its entirety and autonomy, to sleep one night in a bivouac in Chamrousse. It is located close to the GR route, next to public toilets and garbage bins.

The bivouac is tolerated on most of the Belledonne chain. However, not all areas are suitable for bivouac (private property, presence of herds and protection dogs, sensitive natural areas, heliportage area (DZ), etc.). We recommend that you ask the keepers of shelters and shepherds to know the appropriate locations.

About the bivouac at Robert lakes, we must remember the rules:
  • tent set up after 7pm and tent removed before 8am
  • no fires, no trees cut, do not leave waste
  • avoid noise to avoid disturbing wildlife
  • ...
To enjoy this wonderful place for a long time, you should prevent bad practices (woodwork, multiple fires, extended camping, garbage depots, music, etc.).

A municipal decree forbids the bivouac on the Pra sector, it will be necessary to inquire with the keepers of shelters to know the authorized and suitable locations.

Achard lake becomes more and more used so a municipal decree forbids the bivouac on the Achard lake during summer holidays.

Fire in Chamrousse

All types of stoves (gas, liquid fuel, etc.) are allowed but fire is forbidden on the southern part of Belledonne (from the Grand Colon to the Arselle). From the Mid-June to Mid-September, you should not carry and light fire, smoke, throw cigarette butts and all objects in bustion inside and 200 meters from the woods and forests.

Unguarded huts open to donor screens are a good alternative and are made of stoves intended to burn wood (dry only). Be careful, the huts have low reception capacities.” (Extract from the GR 738 guidebook)
Keep in mind: a fire, even small and protected, destroys in a few minutes a soil that took several thousand years to build up… Find out from shelter guards if there are any existing fire places.

You want to continue enjoying this beautiful place: have the right gestures!