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11 photographs from the stunning Ecrins National Park in the Alps of France Visited: September 2017
Written: January 2018
Updated: March 2020

Parc National des Écrins, or: the Écrins National Park, in the French Alps is truly one of the most stunning national parks of France. To prove this, I have listed 11 photographs that show the rugged beauty of the Écrins!

First, some background on the national park (or, skip this and head down to the photographs).

The Écrins National Park covers a 91,800 hectare 1 2 area of towering mountains and scenic valleys in the east of France, in the French part of the Alps. It is located between the cities Grenoble to the north, and Gap to the south and was founded on the 27th of March 1973 as the 5th National Park of France 3 4.

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The park includes stunning mountain peaks, beautiful green valleys, glacier and glacial valleys, high alpine pastures and many species of wildlife. Its highest peak is the 4,102 meter high Barré des Ecrins 1 2 3. Many species of wildlife call the park home, including Chamois, Ibex, Marmot, Golden eagle, Ptarmigan, Grouse, etc. etc. etc. 1 3 5. In spring and summer the alpine pastures are full of flowers and in winter they are covered in snow and perfect for skiing. Sounds like paradise right?

According to the official website of the Écrins National Park, hiking is the best way to discover the park. Check out this awesome hike I did while in the Écrins: Hiking to Glacier Blanc, one of the best hikes in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps and see for yourself.

Enough with the background info, and let's get to the photographs. Want to know more about the Écrins? Check out the table below for more practical information. Or, just skip the table to get to the photographs.

The Ecrins National Park in a glance


Where South-East France, Departements Isère and Hautes-Alpes
Best time to visit Spring and summer
Wildlife of the Écrins National Park Chamois, Ibex, Marmot, Golden eagle, Ptarmigan, Grouse and much more.
Activities Hiking, mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, skiing, canoeing, rafting, paragliding, bird watching and much more.
Website Official website of the Écrins National Park. (French)
Accomodations in the Écrins National Park Check on Booking.com!*
Other things to do in the Écrins National Park Hike to a glacier: Hiking to Glacier Blanc.
Road tripping: part of the scenic drive Route Napoleon passes by the Écrins National Park and is definitely worth a drive. Check out this great Route Napoleon itinerary by Grace and Jim from Extremenomads.
More? Check out what TripAdvisor.com has to say about the Écrins National Park.*


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Glacier Blanc, Vallouise Valley


Glacier Blanc, the White Glacier, in the mountains above the Vallouise Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Glacier Blanc: the White Glacier above the Vallouise Valley
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View from Glacier Blanc, the White Glacier, in the mountains above the Vallouise Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
The view from Glacier Blanc

Hiking to Glacier Blanc?

The hike to the white glacier is one of the most stunning and rewarding hikes of the French Alps. Check out my post about the hike to Glacier Blanc!


Pré de Madame Carle, Vallouise Valley


Pré de Madame Carle, the end of the Vallouise Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Pré de Madame Carle, the end of the Vallouise Valley


Dôme des Ecrins (4088m)


Dôme des Écrins, sub-peak of Barré des Écrins in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Dôme des Écrins, Sub-peak of Barré des Ecrins (4102m)
Image by Alexgan from Pixabay


Barré des Ecrins (4102m)


Barré des Écrins, highest mountain of the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
View from Barré des Écrins
Image by Alexgan from Pixabay

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Climbers ascending Barré des Écrins, highest mountain of the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Climbers ascending Barré des Écrins.
Image by Alexgan from Pixabay


Barré des Écrins seen from the Valgaudemar Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Barré des Écrins, seen from the Valgaudemar Valley.
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Valgaudemar Valley


Hiker making her way to Cabane du Pis in the Valgaudemar Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
A hiker making her way to Cabane du Pis in the Valgaudemar Valley.


Chalet hotel du Gioberney in the Valgaudemar Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Chalet Hotel du Gioberney nestled in-between the rugged mountains in the Valgaudemar Valley.
Image by Christophe BILLARD from Pixabay


Pic de Montbrison (2765m)


Snow covered Pic de Montbrison in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Snow covered Pic de Montbrison.
Image by Geert_Vennix from Pixabay

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Montane Flora


A red houseleek flower in the Valgaudemar Valley in the Écrins National Park in the French Alps
Houseleek flowering in the Valgaudemar Valley.
Image by Florence D. from Pixabay

Beautiful huh? Updating this post has made me feel a little homesick to the Alps. Sadly, as we are still in the beginning of the Corona virus crisis here in the Netherlands and all borders are closed, I'm not too hopeful I can get back there anywhere soon. So for now, pictures will have to do...

Have you ever been to the Écrins National Park? Tell me about your favorite place in the comments section below!



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Sources


  1. France-Voyage.com (2020, March 23). Écrins National Park. France-Voyage.com. Retrieved from https://www.france-voyage.com/tourism/ecrins-national-park-1325.htm.
  2. Espirit Parc National (2020, March 23). Écrins National Park. Espirit Parc National. Retrieved from https://www.espritparcnational.com/en/national-parks/ecrins-national-park?language=en.
  3. Wikipedia (2020, March 23). Écrins National Park. Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Écrins_National_Park.
  4. Parc National des Écrins (2020, March 23). Historique: les dates clefs. Parc National des Écrins. Retrieved from http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/historique-les-dates-clefs.
  5. Parc National des Écrins (2020, March 23). Faune Sauvage. Parc National des Écrins. Retrieved from http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/thematique/faune-sauvage.

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