Le Glacier Blanc
The second must-see place after Le Pré de Madame Carle, is the Glacier Blanc, a unique jewel in the crown of the Pay des Écrins, where mountain and ice merge. Visiting this site is a must, an opportunity to live a magic moment right there – in front of you!
A visit to the Glacier Blanc, situated in the heart of the Parc National des Écrins, in the commune of Pelvoux, is essential for all those who go to the Pays des Écrins.
In the 19th century, the Glacier Noir and the Glacier Blanc formed one and the same glacier. Climate change has strongly accelerated the retreat of these two giants which are now separated and form two distinct glaciers.
Today, the edge of the Glacier Blanc lies at about 2300 m altitude and is easily accessible by a marked path departing from the famous Pré de Madame Carle. This path is also the way to the big glacial expeditions of the Écrins mountain chain, for example the ascent of the Barre et du Dôme des Écrins (the highest point at 4102 m).
In fact it is at 4000 m altitude that the source of the Glacier Blanc can be found at the foot of the majestic Barre des Écrins.
Easy to reach, the Glacier Blanc refuge offers the possibility to spend a night at the foot of ”The Giant”, from where you can enjoy an extraordinary view as well as passing a night under the stars … You could then continue towards the Écrins refuge to climb such mythical summits as Roche Forio, La Montagne des Agneaux …
Crédit photos : Jan Novak Photography