Discover the Oisans, an area of outstanding beauty and variety

Local SceneryThe 'Oisans' is a massif of mountains on the border between the northern and southern Alps. The King of the Mountains chalet is located in the heart of this stunning area.

  • We are situated on the edge of one of the biggest National parks in France.
  • We are the perfect base for discovering a wide variety of activities and outdoor pursuits, as well as some of the best cycling available anywhere.
  • Use the chalet as a base for exploring nearby villages or the city of Grenoble.

THE CAPITAL OF THE OISANS

The capital of the Oisans area is Bourg d'Oisans, a lively, friendly town with varied shops, restaurants and bars.

  • Bourg d'Oisans is 10km from the King of the Mountains chalet.
  • 'Cycles et Sport' and 'Au Cadre Rouge' are the local cycle shops stocking spares, accessories and clothing, and both with excellent workshops for repairs and maintenance.
  • Bourg d'Oisans boasts many sports and outdoor shops that stock all that is needed for rambling to mountaineering.
  • For souvenirs, regional foodstuffs and wine, Bourg d'Oisans is an ideal stop-off.

THE ECRINS NATIONAL PARK

Legendary Cols in the AreaThe King of the Mountains chalet lies on the edge of The Ecrins National Park. Covering 1,729 700 acres it is one of the largest National Parks in France.

  • The Massif des Ecrins is the second highest massif in France after the Mont Blanc Massif, it has more than 100 summits over 3,000 metres.
  • For walkers there are 740km of maintained paths and many clearly signposted mountain trails.
  • For climbers and mountaineers, the Ecrins offers a wealth of routes on rock, snow and ice.
  • The ´Compagnie Des Guides De Oisans' have mountain guides and hiking guides who are available to accompany and instruct you depending on your level of ability, they also run many course such as rock climbing, canyoning and caving.
  • The Ecrins is home to the largest established population of Golden Eagles in France; 37 pairs have been counted in the park area, as well as 210 species of other nesting birds.
  • Amongst the 64 species of mammal that inhabit the Ecrins are Marmots, Ibex, Wolves and Chamois.
  • It is possible to find Edelweiss, an emblem of the Alps, growing in The Ecrins and 1,800 other species of flower.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA

The King of the Mountains chalet is ideally situated for exploring a wide variety of activities, outdoor pursuits and sports.

We hold up to date information on most sports and activities in the area, we will be happy to help you choose and book the best courses and activities during your stay with us.

Organised groups with fully trained instructors are available for many activities, and equipment and clothing available for hire or included.Travelling to Col des Deux, Vercors

  • Mountain biking
  • Walking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock climbing
  • Via ferrata
  • Summer ski-ing / snowboarding / snowpark
  • Glacier hikes
  • Paragliding and tandem paragliding
  • Canoe and kayaking
  • White water rafting
  • Hydrospeeding
  • Canyoning
  • Windsurfing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Bungee jumping
  • Petanque (boules)

EXPLORE CITIES AND VILLAGES

The contrast between the city of Grenoble and the many tiny villages and typical Alpine hamlets that dot the valleys makes for interesting excursions from the King of the Mountains chalet, whether by car, bike or on foot.

  • The city of Grenoble is only a 1 hour drive away from the King of the Mountains chalet.
  • A good network of cycle paths throughout Grenoble link most of the city sights. As the flattest city in France, it is a welcome place to spend a rest day!
  • Grenoble is steeped in history and culture, it has many museums, galleries, picturesque squares, pedestrianised streets and a huge variety of shops, markets and restaurants.
  • During summer months, many villages in the Oisans area hold lively fêtes , markets, festivals and traditional fairs .
  • Visit Venosc village, famous for its winding, cobbled streets and the many workshops, shops and galleries of local craftsmen who have settled there.
  • Visit La Grave, a near-mythical venue for alpinism of all kinds - an off piste mecca for skiers and snowboarders the world over, as well as climbers and mountaineers.