The Pic Coolidge is in the middle of the Giants of the Ecrins and offers a Panorama on the most impressive walls of the massif. On one side the south face of the Barre des Ecrins, on the other the imposing wall of the north face of the Ailefroides. It is also on the border of the Isère and Hautes Alpes departments. Defeated on July 14, 1877, the adventure to climb it will remain the same as at the time, indeed the ascent from Pré de Madame Carle, going up the Glacier Noir has no ski lift or refuge, it will be a bivouac under the stars which will be on the program.


France - Ecrins


2 Days


May, June, July, August, September

500 /personne for 2 people

1,000€ /personne for 1 person


Mountaineering Level 2 - Intermediate
  • Be in good physical shape

  • Carry a 6 to 8 kg backpack

  • Walk between 3 and 7 hours

  • Have a knowledge of mountaineering techniques and equipment

  • Technical level required: Not very difficult (PD) in mountaineering and 3 in rock climbing


Day 1

Go to Vallouise to take stock at the backpack, to check the bivouac equipment and the food planned. We take a single car to get to the starting point, Pré de Madame Carle at 1874 m. We go up the entire moraine on the left bank of the Glacier Noir until we reach almost the foot of the south face of the Barre des Écrins. After a short descent we set foot on the Black Glacier, covered with pebbles, it is difficult to imagine that we are on a glacier. We pass the glacial lock and go up all the Black glacier to reach the foothills and Col de la Temple. We reach the Col by the rampant and snow corridors. Night in bivouac on this splendid belvedere.

4 to 6 hours of effort to reach the pass.

D + 1500m

Day 2

Breakfast at sunrise in the heart of the Ecrins massif. We leave the bivouac to climb the summit back and forth. A succession of ridges and snow slopes leads to the summit of Pic Coolidge, 3774 m. We collect the bivouac equipment on the way and return to Pré de Madame Carle.

5 to 7 hours of effort for the summit and the descent.

D + 450m / D- 1900m


  • A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
  • Mountain rescue radio
  • Mandatory individual mountaineering safety equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe
  • Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety

Not included

  • Personal insurance covering the activity
  • All that is not included in "the price includes".
  • Transportation to the meeting point and from the point of separation

All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world

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