OPEN YOUR EYES: DISCOVER MAGNIFICENT VIEWS
The Charmant Som Lookout Point in Chartreuse
The exceptional lookout point of the Charmant Som is very accessible (climb 200m to reach it), and is one of the few summits in the Chartreuse mountains that does not have a sharp ridge but rather a rounded mountain top with alpine meadows. From the Col de Porte, a little tarmac road leads to the Bergerie car park. The inn serves typical mountain food and dairy products. If you cross the meadows, which takes about 30 minutes on foot, you will reach the summit of Charmant Som (1867m) From there you can see the Grande Chartreuse Monastery and the Correrie (group of buildings that house lay brothers) below it, and admire the 360-degree view of the Chartreuse, Vercors, Belledonne, Jura, and Mont Blanc mountain ranges.
The Pic Blanc in Alpe d’Huez
Part of the Grandes Rousses massif, with a summit at 3330 metres above sea level, the Pic Blanc offers an outstanding view over one fifth of France’s territory: Mont Blanc, the Grandes Jorasses, the Matterhorn, the Gran Paradiso, the Vanoise glaciers, the summits of Maurienne, La Meije, the Barre des Écrins and the Mont-de-Lans glacier... a sea of mountains as far as the eye can see.
Easily accessible by gondola or cable car from Alpe d’Huez or Oz-en-Oisans, a viewpoint indicator allows you to identify all the legendary summits.
The Écrins Lookout Point in Les Deux Alpes
At 3400 metres above sea level, the Écrins Lookout Point, a 7-metre long, narrow metal walkway, offers an unobstructed 360-degree view. An experience that will make you think and give you goosebumps: beneath your feet is a sheer drop of 1500m followed by the Vallon de la Selle, and all around you are peaks as far as the eye can see.
The Écrins Lookout Point is accessible on skis, or via a five-minute walk from the funicular train station at 3400m.