Camping and hiking in Ecrins – Grenoble area
We just came back from a short camping and hiking trip in the Les Ecrins natural park. It’s only 1,5-2h drive from our house so we decided to drive up this Friday morning and do some hiking. It was short, too short, but great. It’s almost like we went on a real holiday for a longer period of time. It’s such a different environment even though we also look into a valley and a river from our house. On our mountain you hear the quiet noise of a highway on the background for example, but in the natural park you hear the extremely loud noise of the river that bursts into the valley.
Now that we are back we figured out that the highway is pretty quiet actually compared to the river. You start appreciating things you have again, if you leave your normal environment. Les Ecrins had a lot of good points though. It would be a great place to live. It’s a pity there isn’t a scientific lab situated in the neighbourhood and it’s also a pity that it’s on 1750m (at least where we started) which makes it pretty much unreachable in winter (for most parts).
But this weekend it was definitely no winter. It was 37 degrees in Grenoble, so it was warm enough to flee our mountain to visit another one. A chillier one, at least at night. I’ll tell you more about this in a later post where I’ll talk a bit on what you need to bring with you on camping trips. But for now some more pictures of a great camping trip.
This one is going on our advised things to do when you are staying in Grenoble. We’ll be visiting Les Ecrins more often ourselves, since there are so many places to go/walk to. Our plan for next time is to walk to one of those huts that are situated in remote areas and stay there for a night and either walk on or go back. They are situated on very walkable distances in this area, so very doable for me as a person with a city fysique.