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Col de Sarenne > La Croix de Cassini - Hiking

Col de Sarenne > La Croix de Cassini - Hiking
Col de Sarenne > La Croix de Cassini - Hiking

Description

This path crosses a high ridge and includes a number of difficult stretches. At the summit, la Croix de Cassini offers a 360o panorama of all the surrounding peaks and ranges (Grandes Rousses, Aiguilles d’Arves, Taillefer, Meije, Râteau...).

The superb panorama includes glaciers of all types: dome-shaped, icefalls or hanging glaciers. It is a unique opportunity to discover crevasses, rimayes, ice tongues, seracs and moraines.

TECHNICAL INFORMATIONS
Starting point: Col de Sarenne
Elevation gain: 360 m
Duration There/Back: 1h30
Distance: 3,6 km
Level: Medium

MAPS :
Hike n°11 on the Hiking in Oisans map
Map IGN TOP 25 n°3335 ET
Map OBP n°2 (Oisans au Bout des Pieds) : hike 254c

ITINERARY
From the Col de Sarenne, or for walkers from La Croix de Cassini, the glacial landscape is very varied with the La Muzelle glacier and, notably, the complex which includes the Mont de Lans, Muretouse, Girose, Enfetchores, La Meije and Tabuchet glaciers which reach a height of almost 4,000 m.

TO SEE ON THIS ROAD
-The sheepfold at the Col de Sarenne
-Mountain pastures at Grange Pellorce

TO SEE NEARBY
-The village of Clavans in Haut Oisans, with its fountains, small squares, church and old houses
In Alpe d’Huez :
-The Musée d’Huez et de l’Oisans
-Notre Dame des Neiges Church with its striking architecture, its unusual organ shaped like a hand reaching up to the heavens and its 13 stained glass windows depicting scenes from the gospels.

TO KNOW :
The Ecrins range is the most extensive range of glaciers in France.
From the summit of La Croix, it is easy to see why, in the 17th century, the geographer Cassini, had good reason to choose to map this part of the Écrins range from this peak.

Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
2h
Dist.
4.2 km
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Starting point

Col de Sarenne , 38142 Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans
Lat : 45.087355Lng : 6.149101

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Clavans en Haut Oisans

The village of Clavans (1400m) was called “Saint Didier du pied du bois” and means “the key” in local dialect. This name was given because the village always kept the entrance of the Valette and Quirlies passes, located on the former border with the Savoie department.Nestled against a slate ridge, this flowery village, often awarded on the occasion of departmental competition will enchant you with its pretty fountains, squares, its church and its small and charming chapel. The two villages that comprise it (Clavans le Bas and Clavans le Haut) are located 2 kms away from each other, bordering Ferrand. This impetuous torrent, which has also given its name to the valley, has its source in Lake Quirlies on the Sarenne glacier (subject to a beautiful hike in the site) and then passes through the pastures, forming beautiful waterfalls and ends its way into the turquoise waters of the Lac du Chambon. Its beautiful old houses testify to the prosperity of farmers and peddlers of Oisans. The long and harsh winters are the reason that some men became hawkers to sell products throughout France (and sometimes abroad!) They sold haberdashery products, small household items and plants from Oisans. You can also admire the old houses, some of which have hosted Huguenot refugees in the earliest times of the French Wars of Religion. Indeed, following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, there are hundreds of Protestants of Oisans who tried to flee to the Savoie region by crossing the Vallette and Prés Nouveaux passes. The people of Clavans in Haut-Oisans, have maintained their traditions. Discover the craft activities such as “farouilles” (old locks), basketry (homemade wicker baskets…), and taste delicious local honey and local and regional specialties. In summer, it is possible to escape to the hills by crossing the Col de Sarenne, a wonderful panoramic viewpoint of the Massif de la Meije linked with the Alpe d’Huez ski station by a former pastoral road. The slope of Cerisier, of Clos Chevalleret, without forgetting the traditional walk to the Quirlies Lake are some of the beautiful landscapes that you can discover. Note that Clavans is located on the GR54 Tour de l’Oisans. In winter, the backcountry ski slope of the Grand Sablat glacier can be used, starting from the Pic Blanc (Alpe d’Huez) with the help of a guide.

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Alpe d'Huez Museum of History and Archaeology

The Alpe d'Huez Museum of History and Archaeology is the only structure in a high-altitude resort to have been awarded the Musée de France label. It traces the long history of the village of Huez and its mountain pastures, from the Middle Ages to the present day.The museum presents visitors with two new scenographies through the permanent exhibitions "Le spectacle de la montagne" and "Brandes et la ruée vers l'argent des XIIe et XIIIe siècles". There's also a space dedicated to the Second World War, with the exhibition "Eté 1944. Le Maquis de l'Oisans". 3 EXHIBITIONS: "LE SPECTACLE DE LA MONTAGNE", "BRANDES ET LA RUEE VERS L'ARGENT DES XIIE ET XIIIE SIECLES", "ETE 1944. LE MAQUIS DE L'OISANS". These exhibitions punctuate the Museum's visitor itinerary: "The Mountain Show Presented from December 2022, this permanent exhibition tells the story of the transformation of the "Vieil Alpe" alpine chalets into hotels, forming an internationally-renowned alpine resort from the 1980s-90s onwards. Featuring 4 historical kiosks, richly illustrated with photographs covering the periods 1923-1939, 1945-1973, 1974-1989, 1990-2022, this exhibition with its immersive, explanatory cubes reveals this rich history to the curious, with the role of the ski pioneers, the heyday of the traditional, family-run hotel business in the 1930s to 60s, sporting events such as the Tour de France, new snow-related activities such as snowboarding in the 1980s, summer skiing and ever-increasing events such as Tomorrowland Winter. In addition, the architectural and urban development of the resort is highlighted in the exhibition by a touch table (historical and 3D models of the resort's districts) and an interactive terminal featuring several witnesses to this urban development. The Alpe's built heritage (hotels, ski lifts, public buildings, Rif Nel, individual chalets, etc.) is also presented. Finally, INA films and a children's area will attract the attention of adults and children alike. "Brandes and the silver rush of the 12th and 13th centuries". Looking around Alpe d'Huez today, who would believe that in the Middle Ages, a community of men, women and children settled on the Brandes plateau, at the foot of the Saint-Nicolas rock, to extract silver ore from the mountain at an altitude of over 1800m? And yet, from the 12th to the 14th century, these inhabitants of the mining village of Brandes (the highest in Europe for this period) lived there year-round, despite the difficult climatic conditions from October to April. This technical and human history was revealed by the archaeological digs begun in 1977 by MC Bailly-Maître and her teams of scientists and volunteers. The discoveries made during these excavations (mining techniques, the manufacture of Brandes silver dust, religious practices and daily life, military construction) led to the creation of the Maison du Patrimoine in 1982, which became the Musée d'Huez et de l'Oisans and today the Musée d'histoire et d'archéologie de l'Alpe d'Huez. The museum was awarded the "Musée de France" label in 2002 and moved to the Palais des Sports et des Congrès on the 1st floor in 2012. A new scenography presenting the archaeological collection is visible and contextualizes the artifacts found underground. "Summer 1944. Le Maquis de l'Oisans". Finally, let's not forget the extraordinary saga of the Oisans Maquis during the Second World War. Although the mountains seem to be an unspoilt area, sometimes tragic, often heroic events took place in the Grandes Rousses massif, and in Oisans more generally. Alpe d'Huez was home to a military hospital belonging to the Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (FFI), notably in the chalet du Signal, an annex of the Grand Hôtel. "Faced with the advance of the German army and its desire to control the Oisans (following the capture of the Vercors in July), Doctor Tissot ordered the evacuation of the wounded patients in August 1944. This marked the beginning of a slow and difficult ascent for the patients, some of whom were in critical condition, and the hospital staff, to the heights of the Alpette and the slopes of the Grandes Rousses. They received help from the crew of a Boeing B-24 Liberator, "11 Americans who fell from the sky": the crash of their bomber in the commune of Prunières, near Gap, prompted them to cross the Oisans. They provided invaluable support for the FFI withdrawal. Protecting the wounded as they climbed to higher ground, the Maquisards engaged in a fierce battle on the Alpette heights against a division of German Alpine fighters; they emerged victorious on August 14, 1944, with no loss of life. Relive this historic event through educational panels and objects from the museum's collection. ANIMATIONS Activities are organized throughout the season at the museum. For further information, call 04 76 11 21 74 or email accueil.musee@mairie-alpedhuez.fr Special Alpe d'Huez goose game: "Catch me if you can! "at the museum, Wednesdays during school vacations, from 10.30am to 11.30am: free, ages 8 and up (places limited). GUIDED TOURS * Guided tour of Pic Blanc (3330m) Visit covering a wide range of topics: 3-star Green Guide panorama, history of the resort and skiing, geology, landscape, wildlife, glaciers... No walking (access by cable car). Every Tuesday and Thursday during the winter season, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. How to get there: meet in front of the DMC outdoor ticket office (top of the resort, 1850m). Rates: please contact SATA (04 76 80 30 30). * Other tours are offered by the Huez Cultural Service, with Museum registration (limited places; €5 or €3): Notre-Dame des Neiges church (Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4pm), archaeological site (Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30 to 4pm). Registration at the Museum, by telephone (04 76 11 21 74) or e-mail accueil.musee@mairie-alpedhuez.fr; €5 or €3; maximum 25 people. FINE ARTS EXHIBITIONS SALLE ANNE AUVERGNE In the Salle Anne Auvergne (1st floor of the Palais des Sports et des Congrès), take advantage of the volume and luminosity of this exhibition room and its works to discover watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculptures and engravings for the duration of a winter. Free admission

Palais des Sports et des Congrès 70 avenue de Brandes 38750 Alpe d'Huez
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The Church of Notre-Dame des Neiges

The church of Notre-Dame des Neiges is famous for its architecture, its organ in the shape of an outstretched hand and its 13 stained-glass windows (illustrating scenes from the Gospel according to Saint Mark) painted by the artist Arcabas.It is famous for its original tent-like architecture and its stained glass windows painted by the Isère artist Arcabas, including La Cène, presented in 2014 at the Chartes International Stained Glass Center exhibition. In the run-up to the 1968 Olympic Games, the idea arose to replace the small wooden chapel at Alpe d'Huez with a larger church, from which the Meije could be seen. Under the impetus of Dutch priest Jaap Reuten, who served there from 1964 to 1992, Notre-Dame des Neiges was inaugurated on December 6, 1969. Financed by donations from parishioners and numerous benefactors, the church was built using simple materials (concrete for the circular frame, copper for the roof, glued laminated timber for the framework, translucent glass for the dome). A film about its construction and liturgical and cultural life, directed by Laurence Monroe, was broadcast on KTO in 2013.

77 chemin de la Chapelle 38750 Alpe d'Huez
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Date and time

  • From 01/06/2024 to 30/09/2024
  • From 01/06/2025 to 30/09/2025

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Oisans Tourisme - 02/04/2024
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Open period

From 01/06 to 30/09.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Contact

Phone : 04 76 80 03 25

Email : info-bourgdoisans@oisans.com

Website : www.bourgdoisans.com/

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1 bis rue Humbert 38520 Le Bourg d'Oisans France

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