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“Stay in Ailefroide (you won't want to leave!), drive up to the end of the valley at Cezanne (Cafe/small hotel there called Pre de Madame Carle, huge car park needing a ticket for two days). Aim to leave Cezanne around midday - or earlier if you want to avoid the heat!
Walk up zigzags with all the tourists to the point where the path splits left to Glacier Noir and right to Glacier Blanc. Go right and continue up the zigzags to the flat area below the Glacier Blanc snout where all the tourists will be eating picnics. Cross the glacier river and go up rougher path to the Refuge Glacier Blanc - here you can pick up water and buy a meal if you want to. About 3hrs from Cezanne.
Walk behind the refuge Gl Blanc, trending left and go up the moraine on the left bank of the Glacier Blanc to the refuge Ecrins (3170m, about 5 hrs from Cezanne - very steep but short scree path up from the glacier to the hut. Hut is usually very busy and must be booked but there are bivi spots on some rocks - with water! - about 20 minutes further along the glacier on the same route that you will follow in the morning).
Leave hut around 4am or the bivi around 4:30am. Descend from the hut back to the glacier. Walk along glacier past the bivi spots then cross the glacier near its end (not much crevasse danger) and follow what will be an obvious deep scar in the snow up the north face of the Ecrins (quite serious serac danger here) 40 deg snow slope.
At the bergschrund the route changes some years. Most times take a rising traverse to the right towards an obvious notch in the ridge (Breche Lory 3974m). Cross the begshcrund here. Now you can continue going right up to the Dome de Neige (4015m), where many people stop or go left to do the highest summit, the Barre des Ecrins (4101m)
To do the Barre, turn left and follow the obvious rock ridge (steep at first, grade II may be icy). Ridge gets less step but more exposed and narrow. Go over a subsidery peak Pic Lory (4086m) then up to the Barre des Ecrins (4101m). Descend by reversing route back to Cezanne arriving in the afternoon of the same day. Around 30 hrs round trip from Cezanne including sleeping.
If you bivi, a good 3 day trip is to first do the Roche Forio on the right bank of the glacier, return to your bivi and do the Ecrins on the left bank the following day. The Roche Forio is a straight forward snow climb with a couple of crevasses but has very good views, particularly of your route on the Ecrins.”
docH from UNITED KINGDOM - 24 Jun 2016
“The climbing starts with the same track as the famous Tongariro Crossing. After around an hour easy walk in the valley from Mangatepopo car park, you will reach a place called 'Soda Springs'. From Soda Spring, there are well built ladder to the entrance of the South Crater.
Instead of enter into the South Crater, you will head to the right towards to Mt Nguruhoe. There are poles on the way to the summit, but it's up to you where you climb. The climb is very sloppy (around 45 degree), and full of small rocks and screes. So better do it in winter time and the snow and ice will consolidate the surface. You can carry ice axe and crampon with you in winter, alternatively you can use the rock ridge on the left side to the summit.
After reaching to the summit, there is a big crater gully. You can climb to the left side rim to the very summit point (2291m), have a look the view of Mt Ruapehu and Tama lakes and walk around from the back to the right side of the rim where you will see a giant inner crater like a true volcano. As per Department of Conservation, you should avoid entering the inner crater where volcanic fumaroles emit gases.
The descent will be using the same route as climbing up. Just try not to be to fast.
Enjoy the views, especially look down from Mt Ngauruhoe over the South Crater, crossing and lake Taupo.”
You Zhou from NEW ZEALAND - 23 Jun 2016
“Summer description of the climb.
Located within Reserva Nacional Malalcahuello. The town nearby (10km) is a great place to stay and many tourist accommodations such as ours (chilewild.com) offer a shuttle service to the base of the climb. You could also stay in luxury at the base of the volcano in Hotel Corralco. Camping is permitted in the park but there isn't any water close by.
The climb starts at the start of the walk to Crater Navidad, approximately 5km from the park office. You can park by the side of the road. The blue posts mark the Crater Navidad walk that go off in a northerly direction. Look for a faint line on the same dune above and to the left of the first pole; that is your track.The track goes across a grey sand dune towards the chairlift and 4WD track that zig zags up to the end of the chairlift. Join the dirt road and walk up to the cement housing of the end of the chairlift. From there it is useful to have walking poles as it is a rocky scree slope and very steep in parts.Follow the ridge up to the top where you can enjoy views into the Crater and across to surrounding volcanoes. The climb from the start of the track takes approximately 5 hours return for a person of average fitness.
The return from the top to the cement housing of the chairlift is easy if you enjoy running down scree slopes. If not, you are likely to find it a little tricky. It's easy to stumble so take bandaids to patch the grazes. Retrace your steps to start of track. The alpine plants are very fragile so it's good to use the track where it exists. If you start from Hotel Corralco, it may take a little longer.
Be prepared for strong, cold winds and try and plan it for a clear weather day. If there is snow or ice, cramping, helmet and ice ads should be used. This is a summer description.”
Lavinia Schofield from CHILE - 18 Jun 2016
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