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The Postman's Path
The Postman's Path
The Postman's Path
The Postman's Path
The Postman's Path
The Postman's Path

The Postman's Path

A lovely route that is emblematic of Oisans, featuring a narrow path, switchbacks and airy sections. The path follows the GR 50, linking Villard Reymond to Bourg d'Oisans, winding its way across the cliff overhanging Bourg d'Oisans.

Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure : Villard Reymond - Col du Solude 1680 m.
Arrival : Bourg d'Oisans 720 m.
Length: 30 mins
Distance: 5 km
Highest point: 1680 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total height gain: 70 m
Total height loss: 970 m
Technique: 4/4
Endurance: 2/4

Map: Top 25 Bourg d'Oisans et l'Alpe d'Huez 3335 ET

The path starts at the Col du Solude (1680 m) above Villard Reymond and follows the GR 50 footpath. Keep your eyes open as at the top of the route, certain sections are separate for hikers and mountain-bikers, so make sure you follow the signs.
Ride down 100 m from the Col on the road and take the path that carries straight on at the bend. This starts on a fast path, but you need to look out to the right for a smaller path that winds between the trees. It's a fun path, but you need to concentrate.
Once back on the GR50, carry straight on to the path reserved for bikers, which gradually narrows until it becomes a series of switchbacks of varying technical difficulty. In all cases, BE CAREFUL as the cliff edge is never far away. There are no junctions, so no risk of getting lost.
You arrive behind the Bourg d'Oisans belvedere, which you go round to the right, following a small path as far as the road. This is in the "Ville Noire" district of Bourg d'Oisans - turn left for the town centre.

4.8 km
2 h
max. 1684 m
min. 720 m
10 m
970 m

Altimetric profile


Style : Mountain

Starting point

Le Village
38520 Villard-Reymond
Lat : 45.0361Lng : 6.01958
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Villard Reymond

From Villard-Reymond climb up through the village and continue on the track to the Col du Solude.

From Bourg d’Oisans, take the D526 towards Col d’Ornon and then either the D219 to Villard Reymond.
Return: either cycle along the road or arrange for a car to take you back to Bourg d’Oisans.

Le Village 38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0361Lng : 6.01959
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Village de Villard-Reymond

Villard Reymond Is a high mountain village in the heart of the Oisans...Read more

38520 Villard-Reymond
Lat : 45.0343Lng : 6.0183
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La petite coupe sympat

Sur votre droite part un petit sentier plutôt joueur .. mais sur lequel il faut rester vigilant.

Unnamed Road 38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0416Lng : 6.01861
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Itinéraire VTT

Retour sur le chemin Facteur. Continuer tout droit pour suivre le chemin réservé aux VTT.

Unnamed Road 38520 Villard-reymond
Lat : 45.0434Lng : 6.0182
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Le Belvédère de Bourg d'Oisans

Fini les petits virages ... on souffle !
Vous voici derrière le Belvédère de Bourg d'Oisans. Pour le contourner, descendre à droite en suivant un petit sentier jusqu'à la route.

855 Montée du Belvédère 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.052Lng : 6.02303
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La Ville Noire

Vous arrivez à la sortie de bourg d'Oisans, sur la route qui mène à Villard Notre Dame. Prennez à gauche pour rejoindre le centre de Bourg d'Oisans.

D219 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0496Lng : 6.02807
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Arrivée : Bourg d'oisans (720m)

15 Avenue de la République 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0546Lng : 6.02987
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Open period

From 01/06 to 31/10.

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 17/04/2019

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