GR®738 - Mountain pasture loop: Robert lakes

  • Pedestrian
  • Difficult - red level
by the day
Departure/Arrival : Recoin (1650m) - city centre.
- "Recoin" -> Balme col -> Robert lakes : 2h30
- Robert lakes -> Pourettes lake -> "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 - 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"!

Attention: the shepherd of Chamrousse has dogs with his herd (but no patous), for a good cohabitation between mountain people and the work of the shepherd, thank you for respecting some instructions. Do not cross the herd, do not try to pet or feed the dogs or the herd, do not make sudden gestures or throw things that could frighten the dog, do not start running and avoid taking photos from too close...

☆ Little extra: "Hiking star" a medal for children in summer too!
Showing us a picture taken during their hike, courageous little walkers will be awarded a diploma with their name + gold star "Robert lakes" on sale (2.50€ at the Tourist Offices) to wear proudly on the backpack.
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.
Opening periodFrom 15/06 to 15/10.

Subject to snow conditions.
GR®738 - Mountain pasture loop: Robert lakes
42 Place de Belledonne
Chamrousse 1650
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  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
Type of route: Type of route: : BOUCLE
km (distance) 7.5 km (distance)
minutes (session length) 270 minutes (session length)
metres (positive drop) 550 metres (positive drop)
metres (negative drop) 550 metres (negative drop)
Robert lakes Robert lakes
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


Panoramic view of the Taillefer



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