Grotte de la Balme climbing site

Grotte de la BalmeChamrousse climbing site
Grotte de la Balme climbing site
Chamrousse 1650


Overhung routes with large holds and short steep walls. Summer site often humid and cold.
Departure Chamrousse 1650
Practical level: experienced (grade from 5c to 8a+)
Climbing: sloping terrain, stiff walls
Equipment: excellent (studs)
Approach time: 45 mn
Favourable time: from May to October

- Range: Belledonne
- IGN map: 3335 OT
- Altitude: 1750 m
- Orientation: East
- Rock: gneiss
- Number of routes: 22
- Minimum height of the routes: 10 m
- Maximum height of the routes: 20 m

The Balme cave is the only site with sedimentary rock in Chamrousse. The cargneule is a carbonate sedimentary rock with yellow, brown, red and rust colors. They make open caves, balmes or balsams for example.

Rock climbing is athletic and sometimes places an enormous strain to your hand skin if you are not use to it.
Opening periodFrom 01/05 to 31/10.
Open all year round - accessible depending on snow conditions.
    General informations
    • Grouping by age (EN) :
      • Grouping by age (EN)


    Free access.


    Site d’escalade de la Grotte de la Balme
    Chamrousse 1650
    GPS coordinates
    Latitude : 45.129561
    Longitude : 5.887513
    Nearness :
    From Recoin-1650m, take the direction for tha Robert lakes following the GR738 path. From the Aiguille pass, take the direction of the Pourettes lake. Follow the path until the cave which will be on your left side.
    • Internal criteria :
      • Chamrousse 1650
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