Mont Pelvoux

Mont Pelvoux Pointe Puiseux, Vallouise-Pelvoux, Briançon, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Kontinentalna Francuska, Francuska

Mont Pelvoux, a majestic mountain in the Massif des Écrins of the French Alps, stands impressively at an elevation of 3,946 meters. For a considerable time, it was mistakenly thought to be the highest peak in the region, overshadowing the taller Barre des Écrins which remains hidden from view in the Durance valley.

The mountain’s highest point, known as Pointe Puiseux, honors the astronomer Victor Puiseux, who, along with guide Pierre Antoine Barnéoud, first reached this summit on August 9, 1848. Interestingly, Barnéoud was also a part of the team that remade the ascent in 1830. Mont Pelvoux also boasts three notable subpeaks: Pointe Durand at 3,932 meters, Petit Pelvoux at 3,753 meters, and Trois Dents du Pelvoux at 3,682 meters.

The initial ascent of Mont Pelvoux was achieved by Captain Durand and chamois hunters Alexis Liotard and Jacques-Etienne Matheoud on July 30, 1828. This team, enlarged with additional members, revisited the summit two years later in 1830, both times ascending the Pointe Durand. Mont Pelvoux’s history and impressive stature make it a significant feature in the alpine landscape of the Dauphiné Alps.