GR®738 - High crossing of Belledonne

  • Image Boucle GR738
  • Image vue vallée de Grenoble
  • Image GR738
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Departure/Arrival : Le Recoin (1650m) - city centre
Le Recoin -> Col de Balme -> Robert lakes : 2h30
Lacs Robert -> Pourettes lake -> Le Recoin : 2h
This new GR® in Belledonne, approved in June 2018, is 130 km long and has no less than 10,000 metres of vertical drop.
For the sportiest, the High Crossing in 11 stages is a complete crossing of the mountain chain from the bottom of the valley to more than 2,000 m of height, an immersion in a wild and surprising massif, between pastures and lakes.
But there is one for all practices, with itinerant routes of 2 to 4 days and full-day loops, like the discovery of the pastures in Chamrousse, 1st loop of this crossing of Belledonne.

The start of this loop is in the heart of Chamrousse – Le Recoin, in an almost urban environment. Very quickly, we enter the resort via the GR®738 towards the Balme pass.
The road then continues to the edge of the Robert Lakes. The atmosphere becomes much more mineral and the black rock contrasts with the emerald green of the water.
After walking around the two largest lakes, you escape through the northern breach and wind between the blocks before reaching the edge of the Pourettes Lake. This part of the route has several small lakes like this one.
After passing the Pourettes Lake, follow the path towards the starting point. Just before going down to Le Recoin, a superb panorama emerges on the Vercors. On the far, the Mont Aiguille stands alone.

For more informations, visit the website of the Haute traversée de Belledonne !
From 15/06 to 15/10.

Subject to snow conditions.
Pets allowed: dogs are allowed in the summer on all trails on a leash as well as in the gondola. The shepherd who works in Chamrousse in the summer has no Pyrenean Mountain Dog.
  • Facilities and services :
    • Pets allowed
  • Route :
    • Distance (in km) 7.5
    • Type of route BOUCLE
    • Session length (in min) 270
    • Positive drop (in m) 550
    • Negative drop (in m) 550
  • Services :
    • Pets allowed

  • Criteres internes :
    • Chamrousse 1650
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GR®738 - High crossing of Belledonne
Chamrousse 1650
Phone : +33 4 76 89 92 65
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French