From Col de Sarenne to Les Mouterres (stage of the GR 54)

11. From Col de Sarenne to Les Mouterres (stage of the GR 54)

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On the programme of this second day is a plunge into the narrow Ferrand valley before reaching Besse-en-Oisans, Col Nazié and the green grass of the Emparis alpine pastures.

We continue along the GR 54 trail with a steep descent under the north face of the summit of the Sarenne. Then comes a foray into the Ferrand mountain valley, an enclosed valley, as if carved out with a sword in the schist, before we reach the gentle Besse. The Mouterres alpine pastures open the way to the Emparis Plateau, a superb pedestal scattered with lakes, and unveiling the Meije, the Râteau and the Girose glacier.


Pass Col de Sarenne, go down the road, then take the footpath on the right. The path descends steeply, then joins the road, which it cuts across twice before reaching contour line 1 492 m. The path goes past an oratory and arrives at the village of Clavans-le-Haut (1 390 m). When you leave the village, don’t take the D25a road, but the footpath above, which soon arrives at Clavans-le-Bas (1 365 m). To the south you arrive at the Ferrand mountain stream (1 260 m), and you then take the steep footpath leading to Besse (1550 m) by cutting across the bends in the road. Cross the village and take the pastoral route at the exit.

  1. At the Salce stream, leave the route for the path that climbs to Col Nazié (1 902 m). Walk past the mountain pass and continue the climb as far as the ruins of the Josserand Chalet (2 244 m).
  2. Take the footpath on the right, pass the ruins of the Favre Chalet and continue across the mountain pastures as far as the chalets and the Rif Tord stream (2 200 m).
  3. Leave the GR54 footpath to turn right onto the Tour du Haut Dauphiné footpath (GR50), and 15 minutes later you arrive at the Chalets du Fay (2 260 m) and the Mouterres refuge.
  • Departure : Col de Sarenne, Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans
  • Arrival : Les Mouterres, Mizoën
  • Towns crossed : Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans, Besse, Mizoën, and La Grave

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