Murray Hamilton

Mountain Guide

The Traverse of the Meije

"In the Ecrins massif the Traverse of La Meije stands out as one of the greatest expeditions in the Alps" Articles - Alpine Climber: Difficile and Beyond.

The traverse is a superb, high level mountain route, taking 2 or 3 days, comprising:

  • Day 1 - La Grave, the Enfetchores ridge, the Brèche de la Meije (3358m) and descent to the Promontoire hut (3092m) on the south ridge of the mountain.
  • Day 2 - Start very early, The Grand Pic de la Meije (3983m), traverse to the Pic de Doigt de Dieu (3973m) and on to the Aigle hut (3450m)
  • Day 3 - Meije Orientale (3891m) and descent to Pied du Col via the Trebuchet Glacier

The Meije photo gallery.

Click on the thumbnails below to see the images in more detail.

Main photo

Image 1 - The Meije - South Face, Promontoire rifge and South West face, summer

Images are copyrighted and courtesy of Sébastien Constant, a professional guide - photographer who lives in l'Argentière la Béssée and who works closely with Murray. Seb also produces very high quality guide books; for details, visit his website

Besides the Traverse, the Meije is noted for its huge variety of summer rock routes, serious winter mixed routes, a multi-day ski tour around its base, and, in the Vallons de la Meije, a vast domaine of winter offpiste skiing with easy telepherique access.