The climb to the Aigle refuge is one of the biggest climbs in the Alpine arc. This means that up there is calm, no crowds, less stress. To make the most of this climb, why not climb the two classics peaks of the sector, the Doigt de Dieu, 3973 m and the Meije Orientale, 3891 m. The completely renovated refuge is a wonder and a fine goal in itself.


France - Ecrins


3 Days


June, July, August

1,500 /personne for 2 people


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

Meet in the morning with your guide around 8:00 am at the foot of the pass, 1650 m. After a little check of the backpacks it is a long and magnificent climb which awaits you until the Aigle hut, 3450 m. The climb of 1800 meters in elevation takes place first on a path then some easy rock passages to finally end on the Tabuchet glacier, a real little race in itself. 6 to 7 hours of climbing in total.

D+ 1800 m

Day 2

Departure before daybreak for the finger of God also called the Pic Central de la Meije at 3973 m. We go up the Tabuchet glacier directly above the summit. A steep snow slope, a bergschrund to cross and a rock final make this ascent, a summary of all mountaineering techniques. The feeling of emptiness from the top is striking. Abseiling to find the glacier. 4 to 5 hours round trip from the refuge.

D+ 450 m / D- 450 m

Day 3

Today, our objective is the Meije Orientale, 3891 m, by its northeast ridge. On the edge of the sumptuous ridge. At the top we can admire the FDoigt de Dieu climbed the day before and observe how cramped this summit is. Now you have to go down the track to the refuge then continue on the long descent to the car, 7 to 9 hours of walking.

D + 400 m / D- 2200 m


  • 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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