Isère Tourism

Legendary hikes

First time in Isère? Perhaps you only have a few days to walk? With this in mind, we have compiled a brief list of our Department's most famous hikes.  

Around Mont Aiguille, the inaccessible mountain

With its curious shape like an upturned pyramid, Mont Aiguille was known as “Mont Inaccessible” in the 12th century. The first ascent in 1492 marked the birth of mountaineering…

Today, the tour of Mont Aiguille is one of the “classic” hikes in the department.



The Dent de Crolles

The Dent de Crolles, one of the legendary peaks of Chartreuse, gives amazing views of the rest of Chartreuse and the Grésivaudan Valley. You get a 360° view!

It is unique for being totally hollow, with an underground network of 55 km and a drop in altitude of over 600m.


The Plateau d’Emparis

Like a natural belvedere, the Plateau d’Emparis offers untrammelled views of the high peaks around it: the Meije, the Pic du Mas de La Grave…

This wonderful pasture of 2,900 hectares welcomes many herds of sheep and cows on their Transhumance every summer.

A unique hike in an amazing setting.



The Croix de Belledonne

This is undoubtedly the greatest walk in Isère, for its diversity and natural beauty. Exceptional views from an altitude of 2,926 m over the Grand Pic de Belledonne next door, and the many lakes nearby.

Along the way, don’t miss Lake Le Crozet and its splendid views of the Grésivaudan Valley and the Chartreuse massif.


The footbriges of Monteynard

The Himalayan suspension bridges, in the south of the Isère department, cross the two rivers over Lake Monteynard-Avignonet: the Drac and the Ebron. These dizzying bridges hang 45m to 85m above the lake; They are 180 m long for the Ebron suspension bridge and 220 m long for the Drac suspension bridge. Crossing these bridges is therefore a special and sensational experience, but fully secured!

More than 12 km of forest itinerary will make you cross the lake from shore to shore. Get your fill of thrills!



The Charmant Som Peak in Chartreuse

The Charmant Som (1867m) is one of the three peaks that tower over St Pierre de Chartreuse, but it is the most accessible, especially for familIes, and there is a stunning view from the top.