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Hiking - Refuge du Soreiller et l’Aiguille Dibona
Hiking - Refuge du Soreiller et l’Aiguille Dibona
Hiking - Refuge du Soreiller et l’Aiguille Dibona
Hiking - Refuge du Soreiller et l’Aiguille Dibona
Hiking - Refuge du Soreiller et l’Aiguille Dibona

Hiking - Refuge du Soreiller et l’Aiguille Dibona

A fine hike up the Soreiller valley to see the extraordinary Aiguille Dibona and visit the mountain hut nestling at the foot of the needle. The hut terrace is the perfect place for watching mountaineers on the rock face.

Starting point: Saint Christophe en Oisans
Height gain: 1 139 m
Total duration: 3 hours
Distance: 5 km


The traditional route starts from the entrance to Les Etages. After a climb up through rhododendron bushes, the path reaches the Combe d'Amont and crosses over the mountain stream on a footbridge. This is where you first see the extraordinary Dinona (3130 m), a needle standing proudly in the middle, with the mountain hut nestled at its foot. The flatter section following the Combe is a perfect place for a rest, before tackling the final, very steep switchbacks leading up to the hut, with its red shutters already within sight.

The alternative, less tamed and more difficult route follows the "Montagne d'en bas" path which starts around 500 m before the hamlet of Les Etages, next to a small bridge, before crossing a large rockfall. It passes alongside some caves and you can see a large, flat, balancing slab of stone. Surprising! The first half of the route zigzags up through rocky outcrops, before turning sharply right (eastwards) to join the ridge separating the two valleys. The Aiguille Dibona suddenly comes into view around a bend. You then turn westwards into the silent Vallon d'en Bas at the foot of the imposing Aiguille du Plat de la Selle (3596 m). Turn eastwards again to the Arête du Soratay at 2800 m, before carrying on to the mountain hut. Take care, as this alternative route is exposed and difficult and is only suitable for the upwards hike in dry weather.

The mountain hut is the starting point for many rock climbs. There's always someone to watch!

4.6 km
2 h 45 mn
max. 2720 m
min. 1595 m
1139 m
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Altimetric profile

Styles : HikingMountainTerroir
Public : Sportsmen

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Starting point

38520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde
Lat : 44.936526Lng : 6.25776
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Mountain hut le Soreiller

Marielle and Quentin will be delighted to welcome you to the Soreiller...Read more

Lat : 44.960607Lng : 6.243968
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Départ au hameau des Etages

Se garer au parking à la sortie du hameau des Étages à deux kilomètres avant la Bérarde. Descendre ensuite à pied sur la route jusqu'à l'entrée du hameau.

D530 38520 Saint-christophe-en-oisans
Lat : 44.936526Lng : 6.25776
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Artist in residence at the Refuge du Soreiller

Gaële Foray will be spending time high up in the hut immersing herself...Read more

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Refuge du Soreiller au pied de l'Aiguille Dibona

Après avoir enchainer les lacets avec en point de mire l'incroyable Aiguille Dibona, vous êtes maintenant à son pied sur la terrasse du refuge.
Vue spectaculaire sur la face et sur les grimpeurs qui se lancent à sa conquête.

D530 38520 Saint-christophe-en-oisans
Lat : 44.96053Lng : 6.24366
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Open period

From 15/05 to 31/10.

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 07/09/2020

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