Geographical classification: Western Alps > High Dauphiné Alps > Pic de Neige Cordier
Superb view point. Situated at the apex of Glacier Blanc direction changing angle (from SW-NE to NNW-SSE), so that it provides you with nice views of the entire Glacier Blanc , including the best perspective on Barre des Ecrins north side, and Glacier d'Arsine (to the north) as well.
The summit often climbed in july/august, being the easiest and quickest climbing target from Ecrins Hut (3175 m), through the normal route, which is a F. grade outing, along the SW ridge starting from col Emile Pic (3483 m), a 45 min/1 hour scrambling.About 2 hours from hut; but wake up early the same, if you want to enjoy sunrise !
Situated in Ecrins National Park. No fees, but fires, hunting, fishing, riding are prohibited. High level bivouac allowed without tent (alpine infantry troops are the only exception...).You may not collect flowers, rock samples, or remove anything. Transistor radio banned also.
When To Climb
Summer conditions usually met from mid-june to late september or october,... first snow permitting ! Also a skiing target, but you may find heavy avalanche hazard in upper valley past Ailefroide village (road is not snow cleared up to Pré de Madame Carle).
Weather forecast telephone : 0892680205
Mountain rescue : P.G.H.M. Briançon (Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne), telephone : 17.
Extensive camping site in Ailefroide, Vallouise.
Refuge des Ecrins (Club Alpin Français) offers room for 120, but booking is necessary during the summer period (telephone : 0492234666). You may also choose to rest into the lower Glacier Blanc hut (Club Alpin Français) with room for 135, for which booking is also compulsory. In this case you have to add a two hours walk to your journey on the following day (telephone : 0492235024)
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