At an altitude of 1500 metres, in the commune of Bourg d’Oisans, this high mountain lake is the largest in the Ecrins massif. This emerald jewel nestles among sumptuous mountain landscapes with no trace of human occupation. Easily accessible to hikers venturing into the Parc des Ecrins, this is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in the Oisans.
The origins and characteristics
Access to the lake is from the village of Danchère, along a shady, bucolic path that winds past the impressive rockfall that formed the lake in the first place. We continue our adventure to the crossroads near the Lauvitel stream. Then up the paved path on the left, on the right bank of the stream. Alongside this hiking trail are dry-stone walls demarcating cultivated fields.
You then have to cross the Selles stream at a water catchment, then wind your way up through hardwoods and spruces. We pass through an open area teeming with beautiful meadows, taking time to admire the flora and fauna, before emerging onto a flat area leading to the edge of Lac du Lauvitel. Set in unspoilt countryside, the hiking trail is accessible to novice hikers thanks to its gentle gradient. In the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region, other hiking trails are available to discover waterfalls and lakes such as Lac de Serre Ponçon, as well as the Col du Lautaret and Les Deux Alpes.