Ecrins National Park Social and walking clubs
Physical rating: Active to Challenging
From 16 years old - Group size: 4-50+
The protected park spans over 230,000 acres of terrain. There are more than 100 peaks over 3000m high, which offer the explorer multiple avenues for discovery. The area is home to glaciers, valleys, forests, alpine villages and local flora and fauna. The park is multi-faceted which is why it is one of the most magnificent regions of the Alps.
Ancelle is a well known ski resort with only 650 inhabitants, however the village is large when it comes to social activities. There are shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and even nightclubs to enjoy apres ski to the maximum. Every Thursday morning there is the local market, and a chance to taste some of the local produce, including "Tourtons", pasta, cheeses and wines (not to be missed). The village itself is ancient, as is evident from the archaeological sites located all around. There are still ruins visible today, dating back to 400 b.c.
The park rangers have counted more than 50 coupled golden eagles in the park. It is common to see a male and female flying together and it is surprising to note the female is the one who hunts. The park is home to the Ibex and Chamoix (mountain goats) and it is probable you will see more than one during your visit. The Flora is most luscious between Spring and Autumn and the colours, aromas, and shapes offer the onlooker so much beauty. The local botanists have counted more than 100 species of Orchid alone in this region.