GR®738 hike - From Chamrousse to La Pra mountain refuge (step 10)

  • Pedestrian
  • Very difficult - black level
One of the most beautiful hikes in Chamrousse, reaching the doors of high mountains. You could leave and dicover the magnificient lakes, from its wild fauna to alpine pastures.
Departure: Tourist Office of Chamrousse 1650 - Recoin.
Passing through the Pourettes lake and the Robert lakes by Brêche Nord.
Arrival: La Pra mountain refuge at 2109m high.

Within a few minutes, you will overlook the resort and discover the outstanding view of the Vercors mountain range. Meet the shepherd and the flock on Recoin pasture before entering the Swiss pine area of Chamrousse. Between forests, meadows, wetlands and bilberry mats, you will be charmed by this magnificent walk. The small Pourettes lake or the Robert lakes are recommended to make a stop.

Pets allowed: dogs are allowed in the summer on all trails on a leash. The shepherd who works in Chamrousse in the summer has no Pyrenean Mountain Dog but in the direction of the Pra refuge caution herds with Pyrenean Mountain Dog named "patous" dogs.
La Pra - refuge and lakes: Natura 2000 site/classified site/registered site
❌Prohibited: fire (except camping stove) and bivouac under the La Pra refuge (from July, 15th to August, 31th) and around the Claret and Merlat lakes (all year)
✔️Authorised: bivouac from sunset to sunrise (outside the refuge area, Claret and Merlat lakes) / Advised: hiking on developed paths and dog on a lead, especially near herds with patous (protection and defence dogs).
Opening periodFrom 13/06 to 15/10.

Subject to snow conditions.
GR®738 hike - From Chamrousse to La Pra mountain refuge (step 10)
42 Place de Belledonne
Chamrousse 1650
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
Type of route: Type of route: : Aller / Retour
km (distance) 8.3 km (distance)
minutes (session length) 300 minutes (session length)
metres (positive drop) 915 metres (positive drop)
metres (negative drop) 475 metres (negative drop)
La Pra mountain hut La Pra mountain hut
Chamrousse 1650 - Recoin Chamrousse 1650 - Recoin


- Departure/Arrival
- Point of interest
Circuit n° 1
Public transport - stop Chamrousse 1650 - Recoin:
• T87 bus line (to/from Grenoble), "Chamrousse 1650" stop
• seasonal bus lines:
- [winter] Transaltitude (to/from Grenoble), "CHAMROUSSE 1650 - Recoin" stop and Skibus 707 (to/from Uriage), "CHAMROUSSE LE RECOIN" stop
- [summer] Estibus 707 (to/from Grenoble), "CHAMROUSSE LE RECOIN" stop.

Good to know - another stop less than 500m away ("Place de Belledonne" Belledonne square, near the Tourist Office):
- resort shuttle: "Télécabine (1650)" gondola stop (to/from Chamrousse 1750 - Roche Béranger and Chamrousse 1600 - Arselle plateau/nordic area)
- transport on demand (TAD) TouGo - line G701 to/from Uriage: "Chamrousse - Le Recoin" stop.
  • Environment :
    • Bus stop 500 m away
    • Shuttle stop 300 m away
General informations
  • Services :
    • Pets allowed
  • Additional openings :
    • Depending on snow conditions
Equipments & Services
  • Parking :
    • Parking facilities nearby


Mountain lakes, marmot and chamois observation, discovery of the flora.



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