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The wonderful hike to Lauzanier has a stunning landscape, which is courtesy of the glaciers that carved the Lauzanier valley. Agriculture is popular here as well as raising sheep. You might notice them. There is said to be 7,000 sheep in this area. Your hiking companions on this walk might be four-legged and fluffy.
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Route Description for Lauzanier
From the car park, you cross the road and take the path that goes down to the river, past the little bridge and continues southwest on a flat trail towards Lacs de Lauzanier.
The path goes down to the grassy valley, crosses the river another time near a shepherd hut and, not long after, arrives at the entrance of the National Park.
Now, continue your trek through the valley. The path goes up by a somewhat steep incline and then that becomes an even steeper incline, with rocky stairs built recently by the Park staff.
When you arrive at a little hut you have under an hour left.
The lake is hidden until the end, behind the glacial threshold (2,284 m), so when you arrive the view stuns you: behind the lake a collection of peaks mix with the valley as it goes up and invites you to continue.
Cherish this moment a little while longer. Then, when you’re ready, the return is on the same path.
Insider Hints for Lauzanier
- From the lake, you can continue in the valley to arrive at the Lac derriere la Croix (2,428 m), or to the Pas de la Cavale (2,671 m).
- On a little track, without signage, you can reach the top of the Cime des trois Evéques (2,868 m).
Getting to the Lauzanier Trailhead
From Jausiers’s Town Hall, go east on Le Chef Lieu/D900 for 22.6 km then turn left. There is parking here just above the road: Parking de l'Orrenaye.
Lauzanier Elevation Graph
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