Le Chazelet and the Oratoire du Chazelet.
Country - France
Region - Haute Alpes (05) - La Grave & La Meije - Ecrins NP
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.0 km / 2.5 miles
Ascent - 100 metres / 330 feet
Descent - 100 metres / 330 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
An easy walk that explores the village of le Chazelet above La Grave. The walk offers some wonderful views of La Meije and should be completed late afternoon to benefit from the best light.
Start & End - The car park near the Pont du Pertus on the north western side of the le Chazelet. This is reached by following the D33 by pass above the village to its end.
From the car park, walk back down the lane towards le Chazelet. Bear right down into the village at the first fork in the road. The village has many interesting buildings, a nice church with an interesting graveyard plus excellent views of the surrounding area. After exploring the village continue along the lane to regain the D33 and follow this to the Oratoire du Chazelet.
This shrine is located at the summit of the road with fine views across the Romanche Valley to La Meije. By taking the path on the left opposite the shrine you climb up to a better viewpoint with an orientation table. This provides detailed information on the superb panorama. For most people La Meije is the main attraction although the view into the valley over 500 metres below is spectacular with villages dotted across the landscape.
To complete the walk return along the D33 towards le Chazelet taking the bypass above the village back to the car park.
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