Ecrins national park

The Écrins national park is an ideal destination to practice hiking with your family, friends or even alone. 

​That's why was created "Rando Écrins" , a search engine that proposes more than hundred routes and more than 1000 described monuments illustrated with many pictures.The website proposes a dynamic cartography, a 3D browser, a GPS track option and a free service of printable hiking maps.
 
The mobile app is now available for free.
​It allows to consult all the descriptions , pictures and points of interest of all the proposed hikes. Then you can download the maps in your smartphone or tablet to view them offline.


 ECRINS NATIONAL PARK IN NUMBERS



Creation of the Park27 March 1973
Central area : 91 800 ha
Surrounding area : 178 400 ha
Number of municipalities : 61 including 43 in the Hautes-Alpes and 18 in Isère
Altitude of the parc: between 669m and 4102m (Barre des Ecrins)
Flora: 1800 plant species including 216 rare or endangered and 35 endemic ones.
Wildlife : 210 bird species, including 40 couples of golden eagles, 64 mammals species including 15 000 chamois and 600 ibexes.
Glaciers : 11 300 ha
Mountain pastures : 68 800 ha
Forests : 41 422 ha


INFORMATIONS 

Adress : Domaine de Charance
05000 GAP
Tel number : +33 (0)4 92 40 20 10

Website : www.ecrins-parcnational.fr

Good to know :
The Ecrins national park is a protected mountain area that requires preparation before hiking.
Winter and spring snow conditions mean that the developed trail system will open gradually from late spring to early fall. Accesses to highest passes and mountain huts  remain sometimes snowy until July. The preparation of the hikes therefore need an important preparation about the practical conditions.

The houses of the Park and the tourist offices of the Ecrins national park are the most qualified structures to inform you about the state of the trails and any temporary difficulties (work, landslides, etc...).
 

​Prepare properly and secure your hike

  • Track your route and make sure you have access to the trails in the area..
  • Make sure the level of the route matches your physical health..
  • Make sure the weather conditions are good before your leave.
  • Bring a sufficiently accurate map and inform at least one relative about your route.
  • Do not forget to take hiking boots and warm/waterproof adapted clothing..
  • Do not forget to bring water, something to eat and sunscreen.
  • Make sure you already booked your night at a gite or a refuge.
Difficulty levels

The hikes from "Rando Ecrins" were choosed because of their difficulty level (length and ground elevation level) and their interest . Those informations are detailed in each circuit map and the search engine also proposes a selection tool by level of difficulty. The lenghts and difficulties announced in the maps are indicatives.

Very easy :  Small trails not longer than 6km and lasting less than 2 hours , no obvious difficulties. Perfectly adapted for families (with small childrens for instance) .

Easy :  Hike between 2 and 3h long with a ground level elevation of 400km maximum..Those trails are adapted for casual hikers, dynamic families and for parent hikers carrying a baby (baby sling)

Medium : Trails from 3 to 5 hours long, for hikers familiar with steep slopes , with ground level elevation higher than 400km . 

Difficult : Trails longer than 5 hours, adapted for experimented hikers and sportsmen on long distances with a high ground level elevation and sometimes a rough terrain.

Route Signage

The trails of the park are marked by a directional signage at the departures and crossing of the routes. 
The sites with access to the heart of the national park are marked with sign boards consisting of a map, a reminder of the rules and heritage information.
On the trails, the boundaries of the heart of the national park are marked by blue, white, red markings painted on rocks.
The Entrances into the heart of the park are specified by nameplates recalling the regulations.

Useful informations and Emergency numbers

Parc national des Ecrins (Ecrins national park) : 04 92 40 20 10
Secours en montagne (Mountain rescue) (38) : 04 76 22 22 22
Secours en montagne (Mountain rescue) (05) : 04 92 22 22 22
European emergency number : 112
Samu (EMS) : 15
Mountain weather : 32 50 - www.meteofrance.com (link is external)
 

Guard of herds Dogs

Some hikes cross pastures grazed by herds. These are often guarded by sheepdogs or predator defense dogs, such as paws. These dogs do not develop any particular aggressiveness towards the man but as their role is to defend the herd they can be "protectors". It is therefore recommended that hikers continue their way quietly and bypass the herds in pastures.

Marmots and Men 

When the climate gets nice in the mountain , the marmots let you observe them for the pleasure of everyone.

Feeding marmots as a pet changes their behavior and their perception of risk which exposes them a bit more to their natural predators (eagles, foxes..). Offering them fat, chocolate bars or other foods goes against their plant-based diet.

There is another risk if you try to feed a marmot with your hands : You might get bite by those cute creatures , and their teeths hurts a lot !


 

 

The observation of fauna and flora, the discovery of remarkable sites will be all the more appreciable as they have been prepared Scopes binoculars, cameras , sketchbooks are very useful observation tools and they guarantee the tranquility of the wildlife. You're always the guest of someone in the nature. 

Rules

The heart of the national park is a natural territory , open to everyone, but under rules that it is essential to know before visiting the park :

  • No dogs , even on a leash: for the tranquillity of wild and domestic animals
  • The exceptions concern working dogs (avalanche dog, herd driving and defense dog, guide dog) as part of their activity.
  • No picking or harvesting: animals, plants, minerals and fossils belong to the landscape
  • Traditional activities continue: grazing, cutting meadows, picking some plants and fruits for family use
  • No hunting : all the animals are protected here
  • No garbage : To maintain the nature clean
  • Bring the rubbish in the valley that is equipped to treat or recycle
  • No fire : To avoid wildfire and land degradation.
  • No noise or disturbance : For the tranquility of everyone
  • No camping : To preserve the beauty of the park.
  • The bivouac is authorized from 7 pm to 9 am to more than 1 hour of road access and limits
  • No vehicle : You have to walk ,traffic is prohibited outside authorized ways.
  • No bikes : You have to walk , excepted in some rare indicated cases.
  • No motorized overflight: it is forbidden at less than 1000 m from the ground
  • Free flight and Gliding are under strict rules.
  • Do not cut the laces of the trails: in certain sensitive areas, decrees specify the prohibition to leave the trails. It is a good general practice to avoid degradation and soil erosion.

The boundaries of the heart of the national park are marked with the blue-white-red flags painted on rocks.

Houses of the Park

Houses of the park are the headquarters of the local teams  and also a place of reception and preparation to the discovery of the protected park and the many heritages.

There are 7 houses of the park all in all. Those houses of the national park associate a work tool for the team and a reception service for visitors.
The Houses of the park proposes to visitors documentary areas, a shop, a personnalised animated reception, a temporary or permanent exposition area  and a conference/audiovisual area. Most of the time you will also find an informative relief map of the mountain massif. Those are permanent and warming reception areas which proposes a planning of activities and invite visitors to share conferences, workshops, presentations and offers to discover the territory.
Many books, audiovisual ressources and specific discovery supports  were created by the Park agents. You can discover them in the Houses of the park , of which the aim is also to preserve the heritage of the territory.

Familiarise with them !... and also with the other reception places, temporary opened in some valleys of the Ecrins.

Maison du Parc du Briançonnais
Place Médecin Général Blanchard, 05100 Briançon
04 92 21 42 15 / brianconnais@ecrins-parcnational.fr
From 1st July to 31thAugust, open everyday from 10 h 30 to 18 h 30.
Rest of the year :  monday to friday from 14 h to 18 h (closed on saturdays, sundays eand public holidays).
 
Maison du Parc de la Vallouise
05290 Vallouise
Open from tuesday to friday, excepted on public holidays , from 10h to 12h and from 13h to 17h. From 15 to 30 June and from 1st to15 september, everyday from 10h to12h and from 14h to 18h. In July and August,  everyday from10h to 12h and from 14h30 to 18h30

Maison du Parc de l'Embrunais
Les Aubergeries, 05380 Châteauroux-les-Alpes
Ouverte toute l’année : du mardi au jeudi de 10 h à 12 h et de 14 h à 17 h.
Du 01/07/2016 au 31/08/2016 : du lundi au vendredi de 10 h à 12 h et de 14 h à 18 h.
 
 
 


Maison du Parc de la Vallée du Champsaur
04 92 55 95 44 / champsaur@ecrins-parcnational.fr
Accueil du Parc : lundi 9h-12h ; du mardi au jeudi 9h-12h et 14h-16h30.
Fermé le week-end et jours fériés.
L'office du Tourisme (mêmes locaux) du mardi au vendredi de 9 h à 12 h.
Du 13/06 au 30/06 et du 01/09 au 16/09 : du lundi au vendredi 9h-12h et 14h-17h. Fermé le 01/07.
In July and August:
From Monday to Friday 9h30-12h30 and 15h-18h30. Saturday : 15h-18h30.
Tourist Office : everyday  9h-12h30 and 15h-18h30.


Maison du Parc du Valgaudemar
Ancien Asile Saint-Paul, 05800 La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar.
04 92 55 25 19 / valgaudemar@ecrins-parcnational.fr
Open onWE and holidays from May to June: 10h-12h et 14h-18h.
WE from 01/09 to 18/09 : 10h-12h et 14h-17h.
From 02/07 to 31/08 : from Tuesday to Sunday 10h30-12h and 15h-19h ; Monday 15h-19h.
Open on the 14th July
Rest of the year : from tuesday to thursday 10h-12h and 13h30-16h.


Siège du Parc National des Ecrins (Headquarters of the National Parc des Ecrins) 
Domaine de Charance, 05000 Gap
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