Hiking itinerary

Hike around Mont Aiguille

This superb, long hike allows capable ramblers to view the limestone needle, separated from its original neighbouring cliff, from all angles. You will encounter an astonishing variety of landscapes.

From the car park, retrace your steps for 300m and take the path to the left, which leads to the edge of the forest, and then continues uphill alongside it. Then walk alongside cultivated fields to join another path, and turn left. The track rises at first before descending to join up with the road to Trézanne. After the Romanesque chapel, walk up to the Col de Papavet. From the pass, continue to the left along a wooded ridge until you reach the Col des Pellas. Descend into the hamlet of Les Pellas (typical houses of the Trièves region). Follow the road to the left for 500m, then, on the bend, continue straight ahead, towards the Col de l'Aupet. You will pass paths off to the right which lead to Pas des Bachasson and Pas de la Selle. A forest track, which starts off steep, will take you to a point above the La Pisse waterfalls. The many fallen trees beneath Mont Aiguille are testament to the harshness of this steep slope. The track continues on a gentle downhill slope to reach the Col de l'Aupet. Take the path on the steep, south-west side of Mont Aiguille to descend. The path emerges among the meadows of the Côtes de la Doux before reaching the bottom of the valley. Turn left to head back to the car park.

Technical information

Sports pédestres, Itinéraire de randonnée pédestre

Target clientele:
For experts / practiced

17.7 km

Trail type:

Elevation gain:
1111 m

Elevation drop:
1111 m

Daily duration:

Terrain type:

Map references:
Carte IGN 3236 OT

Topographical references:
Cartoguide Promenades et randonnées en Vercors-Trièves"

Difficult sections:
This long hike requires a good level of physical fitness. In spring, enquire about the presence of névé in the steep, craggy sections.

Type of waymarkers:
Yellow-and-green (Vercors Natural Park)

Practical information

Non accessible en fauteuil roulant
Pets not allowed
Free of charge

Please note

Bring clothing and equipment appropriate for your ability level and the weather conditions. Do not leave the marked paths.

Contact details & information

Office de Tourisme du Trièves

Getting here

  • La Richardière
    38930 Chichilianne

Gai Soleil car park at La Richardière. From Grenoble, take the A51 until you reach the Col du Fau, then take the D1075 and continue for 14km. Before Clelles, turn right towards Chichilianne, then after another 2.3km, turn right towards Richardière.

Opening times

From 01/05 to 01/09.
Subject to favorable weather.


Free access.


Information updated on 06/10/2022 by Isère Tourisme

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Hike around Mont Aiguille

La Richardière
38930 Chichilianne

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