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Brêche de la Meije - Glacier de l'homme

Distance_16x16 8.4 km Ascent_16x16 686 m Vertical_drop_16x16 1,889 m
Grade : III D8 PD R3
Duration : Ascent_16x16 3h Vertical_drop_16x16 2h
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Steps for this ski itinerary

  • 1
    Hut_16o Refuge du Promontoire
    | Altitude : 3,092m
  • 2
    Glacier_16o Glacier des Etançons
    Distance_16x16 616 m, Ascent_16x16 181 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 0 m
    • Go up towards la brêche de la meije.
  • 3
    Path_16o
    Distance_16x16 85 m, Ascent_16x16 76 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 0 m
    • Start the snow gully on its right skier side.
    • 40° gully.
    • Reach the ridge.
  • 4
    Saddle_16o Brèche de la Meije
    | Altitude : 3,357m
    • Traverse right on the ridge (25m).
  • 5
    Glacier_16o Glacier de la Meije
    Distance_16x16 747 m, Ascent_16x16 22 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 197 m
    • Go down a short mixt section(40°).
    • Cross the bergshrung.
    • Follow the bottom of the north face.
    • Pass the 1(st/nd/th) crevasse on its left.
  • 6
    Glacier_16o Glacier de la Meije
    Distance_16x16 663 m, Ascent_16x16 192 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 16 m
    • Go up 200 meters of vertical gain.
  • 7
    Glacier_16o Glacier de la Meije
    Distance_16x16 306 m, Ascent_16x16 4 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 99 m
    • Find the entrance of the gully serret du savon.
    • Join the base of the gully.
    • You go down under seracs.
  • 8
    Path_16o
    Distance_16x16 119 m, Ascent_16x16 136 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 0 m
    • Go up the couloir "serret du savon".
    • 200m at 40°.
  • 9
    Saddle_16o Passage du Serret du Savon
    | Altitude : 3,399m
  • 10
    Glacier_16o Glacier du Tabouchet
    Distance_16x16 637 m, Ascent_16x16 75 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 23 m
    • Cross the glacier all the way to refuge de l'aigle.
    • Pass the hut on the right.
  • 11
    Glacier_16o Glacier de l'Homme
    Distance_16x16 4552 m, Ascent_16x16 0 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 1518 m
    • Go down a snow slope at 35°.
    • Cross the glacier and reach its skier's right.
    • You go down under seracs.
    • Keep going down and traverse to the left.
    • Reach the skier's left side of the glacier.
    • You exit the glacier.
    • Keep going in the valley.
    • At the bottom of the valley go to the right side of the valley.
    • Cross the torrent "la romanche" on a ladder.
    • Join a trail.
  • 12
    Path_16o -Without name-
    Distance_16x16 600 m, Ascent_16x16 4 m, Vertical_drop_16x16 55 m
    • Turn left on the trail.
    • You arrive at the parking lot.
  • 13
    Parking_16o -Without name-
    | Altitude : -

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Informations about this ski touring itinerary

Distance : 8.4 km
Ascent : 686 m
Vertical drop : 1,889 m
Ascent duration : 3h
Descent duration : 2h
Main exposition : unspecified
Global grade : unspecified Help_16x16
Commitment grade : III Help_16x16
Grade up : PD Help_16x16
Downhill ski grade : D8 Help_16x16
Risk grade : R3 Help_16x16
Max slope : 40° for 200m

When to go

Seasonnal information

Global information

Période 1 : good period
Période 2 : best period
  • There can be some portage from the beginning of may.
Période 3 : bad period
  • Usually there is not enough snow at this time of the year.
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Contributors : Seb (created on 26 May 2015) , Seb (checked on 07 June 2015) , Elevation Courtesy of MapQuest