La Meije Traverse

At 3983m, La Meije is the second highest mountain in the Ecrins massif. The traverse is a one of the best classic routes of the Alps, following a long high ridge that overlooks the small alpine village of La Grave below.

La Meije is one of the mythical Alpine summits and its traverse is a demanding but extremely rewarding experience, much of it at just below 4000m altitude.

Along the way you will pass through rock, snow and ice - there will be some challenging climbing involved and technical descents that require a good level of fitness and alpine experience.

We start our adventure in La Grave, a small village with a big reputation that attracts mountaineers and climbers from all around the world. Taking the Vallons de la Meije cable car up into the mountains, we hike and climb over Breche de la Meije, a steep and demanding route to reach the highest point of the traverse at the Grand Pic. From here it is a jagged route along a series of "dents" or "teeth" until we reach the "Doigt de Dieu" or "finger of god" - an epic journey that ends with a series of abseils down to the refuge de l'Aigle.

The traverse of the Meije is an unforgettable experience in a challenging high mountain environment; you will be lead by a fully qualified and highly experienced mountain guide but you will also need to have a reasonable amount of mountaineering experience yourself. If you are unsure of your suitability for this trip, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice.