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Hautes-Alpes, France.

Hautes-Alpes is located in the Alps mountain range. The average elevations is over 1000 m, and the highest elevation is over 4000 m. The only three sizable towns are Gap, Briançon, and Embrun, which was the subprefecture until 1926.

Briançon, a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.
At an altitude of 1,326 metres it is the highest city in the European Union, based on the French definition as a community containing more than 2,000 inhabitants. Briançon's most recent population estimate is 11,645.

The Massif des Écrins is one of the most spectacular mountain regions in the whole of the European Alps. Most of the area is a national park, with summits over 3000m high. The area is simply huge - the national park is the largest in France, covering an area of 92,000 hectares with a peripheral zone nearly twice that size. In simple terms it is 30 times bigger than the Chamonix Valley - and criss crossed by well over 1000Km's of well-marked trails.
Hung about with glaciers, more than 100 peaks rise to well over 3000m and hence the reason why this area is referred to as the Hautes Alpes (High Alps) because it comprises the largest concentration of big mountain peaks in France; the Barre des Écrins, the highest mountain in the area and which gives its name to the area, is 4102m.
Plampinet, Vallée de la Clarée
Plampinet, Vallée de la Clarée
Plampinet (our lovely little hotel)
Plampinet (our lovely little hotel)
la vallée de la Clarée
la vallée de la Clarée
the path to the lake
the path to the lake
GR 57
GR 57
peaks eaten by the fog
peaks eaten by the fog
le lac long
le lac long
vallée de la Clarée, lac long
vallée de la Clarée, lac long
les randonneurs
les randonneurs
vallée de la Clarée, reflets.
vallée de la Clarée, reflets.
colorful grass
colorful grass
lac long, alt 2383 m.
lac long, alt 2383 m.
lost in the fog
lost in the fog
le lac long, alt. 2400 m.
le lac long, alt. 2400 m.
too rocky path
too rocky path
le lac long,  vallée de la Clarée
le lac long, vallée de la Clarée
reflets bleus
reflets bleus
waves on the lake.
waves on the lake.
moutons
moutons
cloudy
cloudy
descent into the valley.
descent into the valley.
vallée de la Clarée
vallée de la Clarée
Névache, vallée de la Clarée
Névache, vallée de la Clarée
la clarée
la clarée
une faille
une faille
le lac rond
le lac rond
cool guy!
cool guy!
pointes des Cerces 3090 m.  alt.
pointes des Cerces 3090 m. alt.
pointe du  Riou blanc alt. 2900 m.
pointe du Riou blanc alt. 2900 m.
very rocky
very rocky
colorful stones
colorful stones
how many?
how many?
down to the valley # 1
down to the valley # 1
down to the valley, 2000 m. alt.
down to the valley, 2000 m. alt.
crystal clear
crystal clear
S.P.
S.P.
Briançon, the highest city in Europe.
Briançon, the highest city in Europe.
Briançon alt 1326 m.
Briançon alt 1326 m.
Briançon, a narrow street
Briançon, a narrow street
Briançon, another narrow street
Briançon, another narrow street
vue sur la ville.
vue sur la ville.
jouons au bois
jouons au bois
coté ombre, coté soleil
coté ombre, coté soleil
librairie
librairie
cadran solaire
cadran solaire
de l'autre coté
de l'autre coté
la mercerie
la mercerie
Briançon, la ville la plus haute d'Europe.
Briançon, la ville la plus haute d'Europe.
Vallée étroite
Vallée étroite
la vallée étroite
la vallée étroite
I Re Magi, vallée étroite,
I Re Magi, vallée étroite,
I Re Magi, vallée étroite #2
I Re Magi, vallée étroite #2
le lac vert, vallée étroite
le lac vert, vallée étroite
the green lake, close to the Italian border.
the green lake, close to the Italian border.
lago verde
lago verde
lago verde, lac vert
lago verde, lac vert
Pointe Gaspard
Pointe Gaspard
wild world
wild world
peak Melchior
peak Melchior
la vallée étroite
la vallée étroite
Mont Thabor, alt 3178 m.
Mont Thabor, alt 3178 m.
le mont Thabor
le mont Thabor
Valle Stretta
Valle Stretta
le pré de Madame Carle #2
le pré de Madame Carle #2
le mont Pelvoux, alt 3946 m.
le mont Pelvoux, alt 3946 m.
wild world
wild world
a mineral world
a mineral world
my lovely sherpa
my lovely sherpa
rolling stones
rolling stones
reaching the glacier blanc
reaching the "glacier blanc"
deux randonneurs.
deux randonneurs.
close to the summits
close to the summits
glaciers are melting
glaciers are melting
glaciers are melting
glaciers are melting
hiking higher and higher...
hiking higher and higher...
l'ombre des randonneurs
l'ombre des randonneurs
the cable car to the glacier Meije
the cable car to the glacier "Meije"
Glacier de la Meije, alt 3200 m.
Glacier de la Meije, alt 3200 m.
le grand pic de la Meije.
le grand pic de la Meije.
glacier de la Meije, alt 3200 m
glacier de la Meije, alt 3200 m
glacier de la Meije
glacier de la Meije
crevasses
crevasses
crevice
crevice
cool guy!!
cool guy!!
wide view  (alt 3200 m.)
wide view (alt 3200 m.)
glacier de la Girose
glacier de la Girose
balcon avec vue
balcon avec vue
alt 3200 m.
alt 3200 m.
at the foot of the glacier
at the foot of the glacier
fishing, glacier de la Meije
fishing, glacier de la Meije
sous le glacier, la fête!
sous le glacier, la fête!
c'est la fête à la Meije.
c'est la fête à la Meije.
chatting while hiking
chatting while hiking
steep and rocky path
steep and rocky path
les mélèzes
les mélèzes
not too much crowdy...
not too much crowdy...
the beauty of larch trees
the beauty of larch trees
descending into the valley
descending into the valley
little village on the mountain slope
little village on the mountain slope
la Meije - la Grave
la Meije - la Grave
9/12/2011 another day, another walk.
9/12/2011 another day, another walk.
chalets
chalets
marmots
marmots
les papillons des Alpes
les papillons des Alpes
la vallée perdue
la vallée perdue
the lost valley
the lost valley
contemplation
contemplation
vieux chalets.
vieux chalets.
flâner le long du ruisseau
flâner le long du ruisseau
les outrages du temps qui passe.
les outrages du temps qui passe.
a sunny place
a sunny place