The scenery is breath-taking and it’s so special to be able to stay right amongst it.
— Tamara, UK
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Our location: Vallouise, France

We’re based in Vallouise, just outside the Ecrins National Park. Few people have heard of the Ecrins - one of the Alps best kept secrets. Majestic mountain scenery twice as large as the Mont Blanc massif but with only 800,000 visitors (in comparison to over 6 million that visit the Chamonix area).

The best bit though is the weather, with over 300 days sunshine a year - almost every day is a blue sky day. There are 100 peaks over 3,000m (9,842 ft), lush alpine meadows, pristine glaciers, fast flowing rivers and remote lakes to explore.

Discover how beautiful the region is on the Pays Des Ecrins Facebook page.

Come to the Ecrins - unspoilt alpine environment to stretch your limbs on rock, bike and yoga. Heaven.
— Andy, UK
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How to find us

Located close to the town of Briançon, next to the Italian border, the closest airport is Turin (2 hours by car).

We're 3 hours drive north of Marseille, 2.5 hours drive east of Grenoble and 3.5 hours from Geneva airports. 

The nearest train station is L’Argentière-la-Bessée just 10 minutes from Vallouise where we can collect you. Night trains and fast TGV services connect from Paris and Valence.

If you want to climb in Yosemite one day but don’t know where to try out multi-pitch climbing, this place could well be it...
— The Guardian (best places in europe to improve your climbing skills)

From Turin airport

You can hire a car easily and then pass over the Col de Montgenèvre from Italy down into Briançon and we're 20 minutes south in the direction of Gap. Or you can take a coach from the airport into Turin Porta Nuova train station and then catch a train to Oulx in Italy (40 mins away by car).

From Grenoble airport

You can hire a car and come over the Col du Lautaret or get a coach coach to Briançon.

From Marseille airport

Hire a car or take a coach directly to Gap (an hour south by car) and then a train to L’Argentière-la-Bessée, 10 minutes away from Vallouise.


We can happily arrange direct airport transfers for you, lift shares or give you advice on how best to reach us by public transport. Wherever possible we try to match people and travel plans - for the cheapest options and a lesser impact on the planet.