Chartreuse

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Chartreuse Parc Naturel[1] is a mountain range in Rhone-Alpes, France. The area includes villages, alpages and peaks.

It can be explored as a day trip from any of the surrounding cities (Grenoble, Chambery, Voiron), with many outdoor activities and cultural attractions.

Understand[edit]

Chartreuse is a mountain range located in the French Alps

History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

Karstic topography

Flora and fauna[edit]

Mainly forest and alpages

Climate[edit]

Mild summer, snow from december to march

Get in[edit]

Due to the topography, only a few roads lead to the area.

Transisere runs a few bus per day [[2]] Hitching to and around Chartreuse is pretty common and there are chances you eaven have to wait to get your turn!

  • From the South

Grenoble

  • From the North

Chambery

  • From the West

Voiron or Grenoble

Fees and permits[edit]

As all Regional Nature Park (PNR) in France, there is no entrance fees to enter the area

Get around[edit]

See "Get In"

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Hiking[edit]

With altitudes up to 2082m (Chamechaude), Chartreuse offers a wide range a hikes and walks.

For information, head to one of the tourist office (Saint Pierre de Chartreuse, Le Sappey...)

La Maison de la Montagne (3, rue Raoul Blanchard, Grenoble) is really helpful with a nice selection of books and maps of the area (free consultation)

Climbing[edit]

There are several nice climbing crags in the area.

Sport Climbing[edit]

Poeple looking for sport climbs should consider buying the guidebook "ze topo" [3]

For really hard stuff, head to "l'Abatoire", with routes ranging up to 8c.

Multipitch and trad[edit]

Trad routes and multipitch are all around, info available on Camptocamp [4] (available in english)

Skiing[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Due to its karstic topography, Chartreuse is not the best place to go for a swim.

However, to escape the summer heats, you still have some options :

  • Lac d'Aigbelette OK for picnic and swim, can be crowded on weekends.
  • Lac Saint Andre OK for picnic and swim, can be crowded on weekends
  • Guiers vif - Upstream "Pont Saint Martin" really cold, Canyon with high jumps.
  • Vence - Canyon de L'infernet, with nice slides and jumps, really cold, better with a wetsuit

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Lodging & Camping[edit]

Check on http://chartreuse-tourisme.com/ for accomodation.

Backcountry[edit]

Tolerated pretty much everywhere, around villages try to ask land owners if its OK to camp.

Many huts are free to access. Check on http://www.refuges.info/nav/2/massif/Chartreuse/ for a full list

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]


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