In this small hidden village, nestled in the mountains at 1,623 m altitude you will hardly ever be disturbed by a car. A steep incline in the hairpin bends makes this climb quite strenuous, but you can at least enjoy this effort in complete serenity in the quietness of this place! This is also where Genepi is grown and its grains are sold in the village. This is a good initiative which helps to protect these aromatic Alpine plants from dying out in those more accessible parts of the mountains.
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Maximum altitude : 1640 m
Minimum altitude : 720 m
max. incline : 12%
Total length : 32 km
Time : 2h20
Nature of the route : round trip
Cartographie : Michelin Carte Département Isère, Savoie n° 333
Alternative route : The Villard circuit From Villard Notre Dame, you can cycle to Villard Reymond on a well-maintained forest track. The surface is unpaved, but you can generally cycle along it without any problems. From Villard Reymond, return to Bourg d’Oisans on the D210. A lovely, adventurous circuit.
Genepi is the name of several aromatic Alpine plants (Artemisia Nivalis), the vast majority of which grows between 2,000 to 3,800 m high. This downy dwarf plant is harvested in August to be macerated in alcohol.
Here is a recipe based on 40 grains of Genepi : 1 litre of alcohol - 40 lumps of cane sugar.
Put the sugar and the genepi in 40 cl of boiling water to make a syrup. Pour it all into a large bowl or jar with alcohol and leave it for 40 days before filtering the potion. Another very simple recipe consists of macerating the plant, the sugar and the alcohol for a long period of time. This drink is to be consumed in moderate quantities.
max. 1641 m
min. 715 m
Style : Mountain
Public : SportsmenCyclists
Follow the RD1091 towards Grenoble. After the second kilometre, turn left into the Lignarre valley towards the col d’Ornon. Keep going until you reach Palud.
At the cheese dairy La Bergerie de la Lignarre, follow the road descending on the left. This is a shady route through a beech and then Sylvester pine wood.