Cirque de Troumouse



Country: France

Location: Southeast of Gedre

Round trip: 3 km

Start elevation: 2100 m

Final elevation: 2200 m

Map: 1:30,000 Editorial Alpina Monte Perdido

Contributor: David Sellars

getting there

From Gedre drive southeast on a paved road.  At about 1800 m the road becomes a toll road.  Drive to the parking lot at 2100 m.

featured plant

Saxifraga longifolia

partial plant list

Saxifraga longifiolia

Saxifraga paniculata

Globularia repens

Saxifraga moschata

Saxifraga aretioides

Viola biflora

Silene acaulis

Gentiana verna

Primula farinosa

Pinguicula grandiflora


The Cirque de Troumouse is an outstanding glacial cirque with a ring of limestone cliffs surrounding beautiful green meadows.  Access to the cirque is easy via a paved toll road that climbs to 2100 m.  On leaving the large parking area head south across the green short tuf ignoring the wide trail to Lacs des Aires. Contour around the cirque passing several small streams with Gentiana verna and Primula farinosa and head for an area of limestone rockfall.  It is distinguishable from the relatively smooth glaciated topography by the large craggy limestone boulders left in glorious chaos on the floor of the cirque. The crevices of the limestone boulders are the home of Saxifraga longifiolia, Saxifraga paniculata and Globularia repens.  If you look hard enough you will find the yellow flowers of Saxifraga aretioides and  Viola biflora in the limestone rocks.  There is plenty of topography to explore before returning to the parking area.

A video of this hike is shown here: