Featured photo of Pelvoux

Mont Pelvoux is the most conspicuous mountain of the Ecrins massif, not the highest one which is nearby Barre des Ecrins (4102 m). Mont Pelvoux is constituted of several summits : Pointe Puiseux (3943 m), Pointe Durand (3932 m), Petit Pelvoux (3753 m) and Trois Dents du Pelvoux (3683 m).

The path through the Pelvoux ("Traverse du Pelvoux"), ascending Coolidge couloir and descending Glacier des Violettes may be the most beautiful snowy route of the whole Ecrins massif.

Elevation (feet): 12,936
Elevation (meters): 3,943
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Dauphine Alps
Latitude: 44.8833
Longitude: 6.38333
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1828
First successful climber(s): Cap. A. Durand, Jacques-Etienne Matheoud, Alexis Liotard
Nearest major airport: Lyon or Grenoble (and Gap)
Convenient Center: Ailefroide near Briancon

Thanks to Alain Figer for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Pelvoux.

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  • Log #12587 - by Philippe Boniface on Aug 07, 2001
    On July 11, 2001 laurence and I paked all necessary stuff for a bivouac and spent the night on top of Pelvoux. I had climbed Pelvoux several times before but this way is definitely the best. You must...
  • Log #12588 - by Dagmar Stassen on June 30, 2001
    Vanwege slecht weer na beklimming coolidge couloir omgedraaid op aanraden van gids. Er was nog zeer veel sneeuw aanwezig. Beter om in juli/augustus te starten. Tussen de wolken door nog zeer mooie...
  • Log #12589 - by Peter van der Putten on Feb 18, 2001
    couloir Coolidge (PD, ordinary route) Beautiful sunrise at the summit and view at Barre, Meije and Agneaux. Together with Ilona van Meegen.
  • Log #12590 - by PUISEUX on Sep 05, 2000
    I went there for the anniversary (140 years of the first certain ascension) 1848-1988 by my gd-gd-gd father !
  • Log #12591 - by Alain Figer on Dec 05, 1999
    Starting from Pelvoux Hut (2700 m) at 4h 25 with Stephane and Eric we ascended Coolidge couloir along the large snow trail and summited at 7h 50 under beautiful skies ; we stayed there (3946 m) for...