Lauzon Lake
La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar

Lauzon Lake

Lake and glacier
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Situated on a plateau at an altitude of 2000 m, the site of Lauzon Lake offers a stunning view of the Gioberney glacial cirque. 

The itinerary of Lauzon is a « condensation » of the mountain: crossing the natural environment perfect for the observation of a varied flora and fauna, belvedere of the lake opening on to the summits and surrounding glaciers.


From the Gioberney car park, ascend towards the North then diagonally left to reach a bit later a crossroads. Take the path to your left which leads up in the direction « lac du Lauzon ». The path crosses scree slope, goes through a small larch forest, stride across the torrent at Voile de la Mariée to wind upwards across a heath composed of rhododendrons, green alders and a short alpine lawn. Come out on to a plateau where a small torrent with marshy borders winds along. At the bottom of the plateau, the lake is revealed at the last moment. After the lake, follow the itinerary with a small ascent, then descend which will take you to some crossroads. Turn right in the direction «Gioberney ». The path follows beside a gorge sometimes zig-zagging to go back to the lower shelf Gioberney. 

  • Departure : Gioberney, La-Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar
  • Towns crossed : La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar

9 points of interest

  • Flora

    The different environments

    From an altitude of between 1600 m to 2450 m, this itinerary invites you to cross different kinds of environment. Blueberry bushes and rhododendrons on the minerals of the scree slope, the green larch pastures, and this trip will be punctuated by different environments with their specific flora and fauna. 

  • Geology and geography

    Glacial Polish

    Glacial polish is a rocky surface that has undergone erosion by a glacier. On the site, it is composed of gneiss, hard massive rock resulting from the crystallization of quartz, feldspar and partially melted micas. Striations enable the sense of the movement of the rock debris set in the ice to be seen. In the fractured parts of the rock, fragments of rock have been pulled off by the ice. This phenomenon is called “sub-glacial cutting”.

  • Water

    « Voile de la Mariée » Waterfall

    The Lauzon torrent runs over the retaining wall of the glacier and falls in successive waterfalls into the Gioberney glacial trough across the steepest walls of the Bancs de la Pisse. The lower waterfall spreads out like a bridal veil. The Lauzon torrent merges a few hundred meters further with the Gioberney torrent. This celebrity willingly accepts to be photographed... Its beautiful cascades will provide you with a memorable souvenir. 

  • Fauna

    Alpine Ibex

    The Ibex was reintroduced to the Champoléon valley in Champsaur between 1994 and 1995. Since 1999, the Ibex have come to colonize the slopes of Gioberney and are slowly progressing towards the bottom of the valley. Some have been observed above the rif du Sap, at Olan and also at the level of Lauzon lake. From the 30 individuals initially released, there is now a population of 300 individuals.

  • Lake

    Lauzon Lake

    Lauzon Lake is a glacial trough. During the maximum glacier Würm, 10 000 years ago, the ancient glacier dug a basin in the fractured migmatized gneiss by a North-South fault. It is called the « lawn lake » because it is subjected to clement climatic conditions with 4 or 5 months of thaw. In these waters, aquatic vegetation is very present, which translates a large biological productivity.

  • Panorama

    A look at Lauzon

    The site of Lauzon, close and accessible, offers an easy opportunity to live in the mountains... From sunrise, enjoy the view of the Gioberney cirque and the reflection of the Sirac in the lake. It is at dawn and dusk that the site shows it strength with happy suprize meeting with fauna (as long as you know how to be patient and discreet).

  • Flora

    Marsh Violet

    The Marsh Violet grows, as its name indicates, in humid places and most particularly in the bogs. In Spring, this little violet 5 to 15 cm high flowers with its five violet-grey petals... Like all the plants in humid environments, the principal threat is the education or disappearance of this type of environment. 

  • Flora

    Bottle sedge

    The Bottle Sedge, with the Latin name carex rostrata is a perennial plant, which means that its growing period lasts several years.. A typical bog plant, it can also live beside ponds. The ear (20 à 80 cm high) is composed of several spikelets, male (at the bottom) and female (at the top). It flowers between the months of May and July.

  • Geology and geography

    The transitional bog

    The bog is a particular kind of environment, by definition it produces peat. The one at this site is said to be in "transition", which means that it is in an intermediary stage in the process of the bog. This humid, acidic area has the appearance of a spongy carpet of sphagnum, a plant full of water close to the moss family. Because of difficult local conditions only a few insects colonize it, and only those species that are specially adapted: very small mosquitoes and other flies...


Altimetric profile


Herd protection dogs

In mountain pastures, protection dogs are there to protect the herds from predators (wolves, etc.).

When I hike I adapt my behavior by going around the herd and pausing for the dog to identify me.

Find out more about the actions to adopt with the article "Protection dogs: a context and actions to adopt".
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Information desks

Valgaudemar Park house

Ancien Asile Saint-Paul, 05800 La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar 92 55 25 19

Information, documentation and a reception area with permanent and temporary exhibitions. La Maison du Parc is labeled "Tourism and Disability". Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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Shuttle service from Saint-Firmin in the summer there is a link with the bus coming Gap and Grenoble.

Access and parking

At 26 km from Saint-Firmin on the D58, the D985a until La-Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar on the D480T until Gioberney. 


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