Le Pas de la Clé and le Bec de l'Orient
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Le Pas de la Clé and le Bec de l'Orient

Le Pas de la Clé and le Bec de l'Orient

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Go in the direction of Pas de la Clé, which used to be a passageway for the transport of timber between the mountain and the valley.
Hike mainly forest, which leads to a splendid panorama on the valley of the Isère and the massif of the Chartreuse. You will walk in the middle of many lapiaz.

4 points of interest

  • The Glacière of Autrans

    The Autrans cooler is a cavity where snow accumulates in the winter and persists for much of the year. It has been traversed by cave explorers for a long time, since 1936 the speleo club of Paris arrives at the depth of -45 meters and it is in 1988 that the siphon terminal is explored in diving to -221 meters. Its karst network develops thanks to an enormous fault. Its resurgence is the Goule Noire (in the gorges of the bourne) distant of 18,5 km!
  • The plane

    During the night of 2 February 1944, the Lancester aircraft of the Royal Air Force refueled the resistance of the Camp de Gève. The plane flying at low altitude is caught in a snowstorm, it crashed with its 7 men. The explosion was heard until the village of Autrans. The men still rest today in the cemetery of Autrans.


Departure from the car park of Gève, take the direction of Pas de la Clé 8 passing by Pré de Gève 1, Le Refuge 2, La Patte d'Oie 3, Le Cyclone4, La Vira Gros-Jean 5, Les Gelinottes 6 (possibility to return to La Glacière 7 500 meters away). At the Pas de la Clé, take the direction of Bec de l'Orient 10 passing by Sous le Pas Brochier 9, Pas Brochier. After the Bec de l'Orient join La Cheminée 11, L'Avion 12, Charbonnière 13 then La Lisière 14, at the crossroads Pré de Gève the car park of Gève is not far.
  • Departure : Gève, Autrans
  • Arrival : Gève, Autrans
  • Towns crossed : Autrans


Altimetric profile

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.

Golden eagle

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Use the passageways to cross the fences, close the gates and barriers, stay on the marked paths.

Staying on marked paths also means respecting private property.

Information desks

49 route du Vercors, 38880 Autrans-Méaudre-en Vercors

https://www.vercors-experience.com/info.autrans@otivercors.com04 76 95 30 70

Access and parking

From Grenoble take the D531 to Lans-en-Vercors, then take the direction of Autrans via the D106. In Autrans head towards the Nordic domain of Gève.

Parking :

Parking at the entrance of the plateau de Gève

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