Le Plaret

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Le Plaret
Created On: Sep 15, 2005
Last Edited On: Oct 21, 2005


Geographical classification: Western Alps > High Dauphiné Alps > Soreiller group

Le Plaret is the second summit in Soreiller group but is the most central.
Le Plaret is an irregular pyramid with three different sides: Soreiller side -SW- , Selle side -N-, Etançons side-E-.
The three ridges are connected to La Gandolière, To Pic Gény and to Aiguilles du Soreiller.
The normal route is a trip in wild territories. Even if there is no climbing difficulty, This long ascend can be done in the same way as 19th century ascents. Henry Cordier, the great and young climber is dead when descending from Le Plaret.

The 500hm north side is partially covered with La Selle Glacier. On the eastern side is Le Plaret Glacier wich is going to disappear years after years.

Getting There

by car (highly recommended)

Grenoble >> Bourg d'Oisans >> Saint Christophe >> Les Etages >> Soreiller or La bérarde

Grenoble >> Bourg d'Oisans >> Saint Christophe >> Les Etages >> La bérarde >> Vallon des Etançons or Chatelleret hut

Grenoble >> Bourg d'Oisans >> Saint Christophe >> Vallon de la Selle

For those coming from oversea :
Fly to Lyon international airport. Car (recommended) or train to Grenoble, followed by bus to Bourg d'Oisans and smaller bus up the narrow road to Saint Christophe en Oisans and La Bérarde (3 per day in July/Aug Grenoble to La Bérarde) . Car highly recommended.

Red Tape

No Red Tape except Ecrins National Park rules (no dog, no camping, only bivouak allowed, no fire, no MTB, no destruction of wilderness)
Refer to Ecrins National park rules.

Routes overview

normal route: F+
Long route from La Bérarde or from Chatelleret hut
La Bérarde to the place where the trail leaves Chatelleret hut trail : 1h
Etançons to Plaret Glacier: 2h30
Plaret Glacier to summit on the east face: 2h

NE ridge: PD
Long route from La Bérarde or from Chatelleret hut
La Bérarde to the place where the trail leaves Chatelleret hut trail : 1h
Etançons to Plaret Glacier: 2h30
Plaret Glacier to summit on the NE ridge: 2h

SW side, Reynier route: PD
Soreiller hut to summit 3h

SW side, Chèze route: AD
Soreiller hut to summit 4h

S ridge: PD
Soreiller hut to Plaret N pass 1h30
Plaret N pass to summit 1h

N face route : TD, 2h approach + 7h climbing.
Access from La selle hut

When To Climb

Summer period is the prefered period for mountaineering.
Rock climbing is possible early or late (october) in the season, depending of the weather.
Better to wait the rocks to be dry for the N face.


Tél : 04 76 80 23 99
Fax : 04 76 95 47 97
Email : rafting.veneon@wanadoo.fr
Site internet: www.rafting-veneon.com

Tél : 04 76 79 20 45
Fax : 04 7679 06 97
Email :
Site internet: www.berarde.com


Châtelleret hut CAF 2232 m
Access : Saint Christophe en Oisans >>La Bérarde >> Chatelleret valley.
Activities : mountaineering - Rock climbing- Hiking- Ski mountaineering
- Mountaineering routes and summits : Pic nord des Cavales- Gandolière- Râteau- Pic Geny- Têtes N et S du Replat
- High routes : To la Selle hut, l’Alpe de Villar d'Arène, La Grave via Brêche de la Meije
- Ski routes: Brêche de la Meije - col de la Casse Déserte - col du Replat

The hut is guarded some months and weekends:
Spring: usually in April and begining of May
Summer: middle of June to Middle of September
Reservation is mandatory, please contact Gérard Turc:
adress: 5 chemin de la Buissonière - 38860 Les Deux Alpes
phone number :
Hut phone number:

Beds in summer: 70 +20 beds under tent
In winter : 62
The hut belongs to CAF ISERE : 32 avenue Félix Viallet 38000 GRENOBLE
Tél :
Fax :

Chatelleret hut route on Oisans.com

La Selle hut STD

La selle hut on montagne-virtuel.com

Soreiller hut STD 2720 m

Soreillerhut route on Oisans.com

Mountain Conditions

Briançon meteo forecast 7 days
Bourg d'Oisans meteo forecast 7 days
Grenoble meteo forecast 7 days

Books and maps

Guide du Haut Dauphiné, tome 1, ISBN 2 909 907 15 5.
Authors: GHM and François Labande
Editions de l'Envol

IGN Maps : 3336ET and 3436ET