Grand Rochebrune is one of the highest mountain of Queyras
. It belongs to Briançonnais
too. There is no higher mountain arround. The closest higher mountains are Monviso, High Dauphiné range and Fon Sancte - Chambeyron range.
The nice view from the summit covers all the western Alps.
The mountain is easy to climb (or difficult to hike) but the ascend is long. The rock is broken limestone.
Start point: Izoard pass 2360m
next step: Col Perdu 2479m 30min
next step: 100m descending and 500m ascending to Col des Portes 2915m. Long ascend on a path under les Oules ridge 2h
next step: step ascend from Col des Portes to "la Brèche". Falling stones risk.
next step: access to the eastern side of the mountain (II+)
last step: 50hm steep but like a step. (II)
Timing : 6h up and down.
Normal route description with pictures
More Rochebrune pictures
Normal route description in french
Access by Izoard pass road (closed in winter, usually from November to June)
From south (Queyras)
Guillestre > Arvieux > Izoard pass : 31km
From north (Briançonnais)
Briançon > Izoard pass : 21km
no red tape.
When To Climb
If to early in summer season, there can be snow/ice on the upper part of the route, close to the summit.
huts and lodging list
Take care of falling stones.