The small village of Champoléon in the Hautes Alpes
This is a superb high altitude valley, wild and authentic, surrounded by high peaks, with the tumultous Drac Blanc running through it.
Against an Alpine backdrop of mountain pastures, firs, rocks and banks of snow, a series of hamlets are strung out along the river banks, consisting mainly of sheep barns, mountain cabins and "jas".
A "jas" is a rock shelter or a stone-built cabin. Some of them are very old indeed (Bronze Age, between 2500 and 900 B.C.).
Over the centuries shepherds have engraved symbols, names and dates in these cabins and shelters: a fascinating heritage.
What to see
The mountain !
Ski touring and cross-country skiing.
Walking and hiking Ecrins National Park: reception centre at Prapic (Orcieres, in the summer) and Valley information centre (at Pont-du-Fosse).
Gites and holiday centres.