The Tour of the Oisans on the GR54 is a challenging two-week trek around the Ecrins National Park (southeast of Grenoble) in France, one of the most visually spectacular regions in all the Alps. Beginning in Bourg d'Oisans, the route folows a clockwise direction, and in the course of 10-13 days it covers 176km and climbs more than 12,800m to cross a series of challenging cols that separate deep and enchanting valleys. The scenery is spectacular and ever varied, and with charming villages and hamlets to visit on the way, the trekker's experience is both rich and rewarding. Accommodation is in valley hotels or gites, or in mountain refuges set in idyllic locations. The route is divided into 10 stages, but with suggestions for a 13-day itinerary and alternative stages are also described. Full accommodation details are given along with background information on how to get there, what to take, mountain safety, and notes on the flora and fauna of the region. All illustrated with colour sketch maps and photographs.
Kev Reynolds is a writer, photojournalist and lecturer whose first title for Cicerone Press (Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978. He has published many books on the Alps, a series of trekkers' guides to Nepal and several guides on walking in England. A member of the Alpine Club, Austrian Alpine Club and the Outdoor Writers' and Photographers' Guild, he is also first honorary member of the British Association of European Mountain Leaders.
Introduction The Route Suggested Itineraries Accommodation How to Get There When to Go Notes for Walkers Equipment Recommended Map Safety in the Mountains The Parc National des ecrins Alpine Flowers and Wildlife Using the Guide Information at a Glance Tour of the Oisans Part 1 Bourg d'Oisans to Vallouise Stage 1 Bourg d'Oisans - Besse-en-Oisans Stage 2 Besse-en-Oisans - La Grave Stage 3 La Grave - Monetier-les-Bains Stage 4 Monetier-les-Bains - Vallouise Part 2 Vallouise to Bourg d'Oisans Stage 5 Vallouise - Refuge du Pre de la Chaumette Stage 6 Refuge du Pre de la Chaumette - La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar Alt Stage 6 Refuge du Pre de la Chaumette - La Chapelle via Vallon d'Isola Stage 7 La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar - Le Desert-en-Valjouffrey Stage 8 Le Desert-en-Valjouffrey - Valsenestre Stage 9 Valsenestre -Refuge de la Muzelle Alt Stage 9 Valsenestre - Bourg d'Arud Stage 10 Refuge de la Muzelle - Bourg d'Oisans Alt Stage 10 Bourg d'Arud - Bourg d'Oisans Appendix A: Accommodation Appendix B: Useful Addresses Appendix C: Bibliography Appendix D: French-English Glossary