Aiguille de Chambeyron

mountain in the Alps, southeast France

Aiguille de Chambeyron is a French mountain near the border with Italy, just west of the main chain of the Alps that separates the basin of the Rhône river, to the west, and the basin of the Po river, to the east.

Aiguille de Chambeyron
Aiguille de Chambeyron from Lake Marinet
Aiguille de Chambeyron from Lake Marinet
Highest point
Elevation3,412 m (11,194 ft)[1]
Prominence771 m (2,530 ft)[1]
Isolation22.01 km (13.68 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates44°32′51″N 6°51′22″E / 44.54750°N 6.85611°E / 44.54750; 6.85611
Aiguille de Chambeyron is located in Alps
Aiguille de Chambeyron
Aiguille de Chambeyron
Location in the Alps
LocationProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Parent rangeCottian Alps
First ascent1879
Easiest routeSouth side, from the Chambeyron Hut

It is the highest peak in the Alps south of Monte Viso.[2]


The Chambeyron Massif, with Aiguille de chambeyron near left

Aiguille de Chambeyron is in the northeast of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department (commune of Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye), Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, in southeast France.

With an elevation of 3,412 m (11,194 ft) above sea level, it is the highest point of the department and of the historical region of Provence.[1]

The mountain is in the Chambeyron Massif of the Cottian Alps. It has two summits, with the west one being the slightly higher.

On the north side of the mountain are 2 small and quite dead glaciers, filled with rocks: Chauvet Glacier and Marinet Glacier.[3]


The lower part of the mountain is made of Triassic limestone but the highest part is made of Jurassic limestone (more solid).[3]


The first recorded ascension of the peak was made by W.A.B. Coolidge, a mountain climber from United States, and Christian Almer and his son, from Switzerland, in 1879.[3]


The more easy climbing route is by the south side of the mountain, from the Chambeyron Hut, a place where is possible to eat and with beds, at an altitude of 2,626 m (8,615 ft).[3]

The route to the Chambeyron Hut is, starting from the city of Barcelonette:[4]

Barcelonette > Jausier > La Condamine-Châtelard > Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye >> Fouillouse >> Chambeyron Hut

It is possible to get to the hamlet of Fouillouse by car; here there is parking lot.[4]


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  2. "Aiguille de Chambeyron, France". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Aiguille de Chambeyron". Summitpost. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Aiguille de Chambeyron". Altituderando (in French). Retrieved 21 September 2016.

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