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

  • Pedestrian
  • Very difficult - black level
One of the most beautiful hikes from Chamrousse to the gateway to the high mountains. Discover the magnificent lakes and wildlife of the mountain pastures.
For the round trip, allow 9h (18km).
Departure point: Chamrousse 1650 - Recoin tourist office.
Passing Lac des Pourettes, then Lacs Robert via the north spur, and finally a myriad of delightful lakes.
Arrival: Refuge de la Pra at 2105m.

In just a few minutes, you'll be overlooking the resort, with breathtaking views of the Vercors and Chartreuse massifs. Meet the shepherd and his flock of sheep on the Recoin mountain pasture before entering the Chamrousse cembraie. Between forests, clearings, wetlands and blueberry fields, you won't want to miss this magnificent walk. The small Lac des Pourettes and the Roberts lakes are ideal for a break.

Pets allowed: in summer, dogs are allowed on all trails on a leash. The shepherd who works in Chamrousse in summer doesn't have patous, but in the direction of the Pra refuge, watch out for herds with patous dogs.

VARIANTE -> departure from Croix de Chamrousse, access by cable car (open from 9.15am to 5pm): 3h for 6.4km; D+330m/D-460m (return trip 6h30 for 12.8km)
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 / Itinerance
km (distance) 9 km (distance)
minutes (session length) 300 minutes (session length)
metres (positive drop) 915 metres (positive drop)
metres (negative drop) 415 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.
  • Mobilité :
    • 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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