Les Bans

Dauphiné Alps, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Kontinentalna Francuska, Francuska

Perched in the heart of the Massif des Écrins in the Dauphiné Alps, Les Bans, standing at 3,669 meters, is a prominent feature in the French Alps. It was first ascended on July 14, 1878, by an expedition led by W. A. B. Coolidge, accompanied by guides Christian Almer and U. Almer.

The mountain is distinguished by its three main summits: the South summit at 3,669 meters, the North-west summit at 3,630 meters, and the North summit at 3,662 meters. Each of these summits presents unique vantage points and challenges for climbers and hikers.

For those seeking to explore Les Bans, a range of huts provides rest and shelter. These include the Chalet Hôtel du Gioberney at 1,700 meters, the Les Bans hut at 2,076 meters, and the Pilatte refuge at 2,580 meters. These huts are strategically located, offering climbers various starting points to ascend the mountain, which is rated PD+ due to its glacier approaches and rock scramble challenges. The Pilatte hut, in particular, offers a stunning view of the mountain’s north face, making it a favorite spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts.