A lovely circular ride that is more physically than technically demanding, around an iconic Oisans feature. The ride up to the Lac Noir and Lac Lérié provide unforgettable views of La Meije and its glaciers, before riding back down to Le Chazelet on a fine single track
GPX map and layout
On the road to Briançon, drive through La Grave and turn right just after the tunnel, signposted Le Chazelet. Park your car in Le Chazelet.
Description: The Tour of the Emparis Plateau via the Lakes
Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)
Departure/Arrival (loop): Le Chazelet 1772 m
Length : 4 1/2 hours
Distance: 27 km
Highest point: 2458 m
Lowest point: 1747 m
Total height gain: +922 m
Total height loss: -922 m
Technique : 3/4
Endurance : 4/4
Maps: IGN Top 25 Valloire 3435 ET et Meije Pelvoux 3436 ET.
This route starts from Le Chazelet and is signposted FFC (no. 12 - The Tour of the Emparis Plateau via the Lakes).
The path starts at the bottom of the village, following signs to the Vallon de la Buffe. Once in the hamlet "Le Vorze", turn right towards the hamlets of Le Rivet. Follow the path of the left-hand bank of the Gâ stream, which goes gradually upwards to the "Baraque de la Buffe".
On reaching the Baraque de la Buffe(2005 m), cross the Gâ at the ford and carry on up to the Emparis Plateau, alternating riding and pushing over a height gain of 270 m. Follow the left hand path that runs above the Rachas stream.
Once at the Emparis Plateau (2270 m), ride down to the Col Saint Georges. Follow the track for 100 m and then turn left down to the bottom of the valley, to the Rif Tort stream. Cross the ford then continue along the GR 54 towards the Col du Souchet.
At the Col du Souchet (2365 m), turn right to the Lac Noir and then the Lac Lérié. The glaciers of La Meije look to be a stone's throw away.
Turn back towards the Col du Souchet to start the descent towards Le Chazelet. The first part on the GR path is quite fast. Near the Le Chazelet ski lift, turn left towards "Le Clos Raffin" for a more technical descent down to the Gâ stream.
Cross the stream and ride back up to Le Chazelet.
From 01/06 to 31/10 : open daily.
Bureau d'Information Touristique des Hautes Vallées - La Grave
05320 La Grave
Level black - very hard
4 h 30 min
D+: 922 m
D-: 922 m