Pas De Rocheplane

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There are almost as many red-dots in reality

The easiest parking is to follow the signs for the ski station of St Hilaire du Touvet (les Eyrauds) and park in the furthest car park to the north. From here you can cross above the chalets at the bottom of the ski slopes. Do not climb the first track you reach on the far side of the slope, instead head back down the hill a few meters to a fork and take the right hand path. This is marked with Red/Yellow Grand Randonnee markings. This track is quite steep and crosses the Chemin de la Herse at 1150 meters (N 45.3224°, E 05.8815°) before reaching the Source du Sanglier, a large reservoir, at 1282m.

lances de malissard

Lances de Malissard from the Pas

At the Source du Sanglier there is a signpost to the Col du Marcieu and Bois des Playeres to the north. Don't follow this route, instead continue straight up the mountain on a small but steep forest path. This is marked with red dots. At around 1550 meters you leave the forest and zig-zag up a scree slope. This is quite steep in places and the ground can be slippery with loose stones. The path eventually leads up through a series of limestone slabs titled at 45°. At around 1700 meters the path turns to the north to reach the Pas de Rocheplane at 1860 meters.

initial traverse from the Pas de Rocheplane

Traverse from the Pas de Rocheplane

Mountain RangeChartreuse
SummitPas de Rocheplane ou
MapsIGN TOP 25 3334 OT Chartreuse Sud
GPS WaypointN 45.3299° E 05.8722°
GPS RouteGoogle-Earth:Chartreuse
MarkingsRed/Yellow to Sanglier, Red dots after
EquipmentGood walking boots
Road AccessA41 -> St Nazaire les Eymes -> D30 -> St Hilaire -> Ski Resort
Starting Altitude985 m
Ascent885 meters
Time3.5 hours
join the dots

There are a lot of red dots in places!


mont blanc from the pas de rocheplane

Le Mont Blanc from the Pas de Rocheplane

A superb autumn day. Warm, but not hot and clear air with spectacular views to Mont Blanc, the Grande Casse and the mountains of the Grands Rousse. The route is easy spot as there are a lot of red dots on the rocks. It is really a case of "join the dots" to find the summit.

grandes rousses in autumn

Grandes Rousses Glaciers

Contributed by davidof on the 11 Oct 2006

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