“La Grave is not St. Moritz or St. Anton, or even Chamonix, and thank goodness for that!” –Anthony Atkinson
La Grave is a truly traditional alpine village dating back to the 12th century with a long and respected reputation as a centre of alpinism.
It was here, in the latter half of the 19th century, that early mountaineering pioneers, accompanied by both native and Chamonix Guides, came to conquer the summits and seek new challenges.
Today it attracts the knowing mountain lovers who wish to experience the freedom, escape the masses, and explore a new different world. La Grave has retained all of its character, a character dominated by centuries of a severe existence at the foot of the peaks and faces of La Meije massif. There exists a rigid determination to preserve the spirit of the environment.
Whether your motivation is to simply relax and enjoy the unspoiled environment and its flaura and fauna or to scale the summits, La Grave and the surrounding area offers limitless possibilities.
La Grave is situated in the Hautes Alpes region of France and is nestled at the foot of La Meije. Straddling the Route National 91 some 75 km east of Grenoble with Briancon 32 km to the east. It is on the northern boundary of the largest National Parc in France, `Le Parc des Ecrins´.