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In the Taillefer massif, on the territory of Livet-et-Gavet, Lake Fourchu is located at the gates of the Écrins National Park. It takes its name from its very recognizable shape, which evokes the letter Y. At an altitude of over 2000 meters, it is completely frozen in winter and covered with snow. In summer, its decor is that of an alpine lawn punctuated by rocky areas and flowered with typical mountain varieties: rhododendrons, gentian and saponaries. Accessible by several hiking routes, it is a popular destination for walkers and walkers. Lovers fish for rainbow and fario trout in an enchanting setting, surrounded by rocky peaks and their snowfields. On the massif, the lake plateau shelters several bodies of water. Lake Fourchu is the largest, but around it are also to be discovered, among others, Lac Noir, Lac de l'Agneau or Lac de la Veche.
Lake Fourchu is very popular with hikers for its sublime setting and for the different routes it offers. From the Poursollet chalets, the usual starting points for hikes to the Taillefer, Lake Fourchu is only an hour's walk away: the round trip allows a family walk accessible to all ages. You can then explore the plateau at leisure if you want to walk more. A loop-shaped circuit also exists from Lake Poursollet, which is less crowded than the classic round-trip route. The return is by the track of the chalets de la Barrière. With a distance of 10 km, this loop requires 3:30 to 4 hours of walking, or half a day. It is no longer a family walk, but a hike for people who like to walk and are well equipped. Short or longer, the hikes to Lake Fourchu seduce with the breathtaking view of the Taillefer which can be enjoyed by walking on the plateau. The decor, particularly exotic, sometimes evokes Scotland, sometimes the great New Zealand spaces. In the distance stands out the Oisans massif.Read more