At the end of the Vallouise valley, Ailefroide must be on your list of places to see during your time in the Pays des Écrins, a hamlet set apart from outside demands, except from the mountains as a playground : a quiet, peaceful place, which must be visited.
At the foot of Mont Pelvoux, the hamlet of Ailefroide (Pelvoux commune) seems to have been forgotten by time and has thus kept its authentic feel with its stone houses. This classified natural site is only inhabited during the summer months.
Ailefroide is well-known in the Alpine world in France, being the second most important spot for Alpinism after Chamonix Mont Blanc. It is the last stage before the big southern Alpine ascents in the Massif des Écrins.
It would therefore definitely be the ideal base camp for mountaineering and climbing lovers or simply for those who want to hike. From here you can go and attack the biggest ascents in the Pays des Écrins. Many climbers come here from all over the world, also for its well-known climbing block site.
To sum up, you will be appeased by the change of scene that Ailefroide brings, revitalised, away from the hustle and bustle, with only the mountain and its silence as your neighbour.
In spring, access is by the road which leads to the famous Pré de Madame
Carle and the most stunning glaciers of the Parc national des Écrins.
Crédit photos : jan Novak Photography