Photo by Walach Martin
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1864|
|First successful climber(s):||Edward Whymper, A.W. Moore, Christian Almer, Michel Croz|
|Nearest major airport:||Lyon, France|
|Convenient Center:||BrianÁon, La BÈrarde,, Ailefroide, and other tourist villages|
Écrins is the highest peak of the Dauphiné Alps, and the southernmost 4,000-meter peak in the Alps. The summit is a steep glaciated pyramid with narrow ridges, though its beauty is concealed by surrounding peaks. Écrins provides superb challenges for rock and alpine climbers, and is one of the most popular climbs in the Alps. The French Alpine Club maintains huts throughout the area.