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The destinations

Sappey and the Col de Porte

The mountain less than 20 minutes from Grenoble, at the foot of the highest point of Chartreuse.

Only 15 minutes from Grenoble, the Sappey en Chartreuse is a small, quiet and very pretty village. With its church adorned with magnificent stained glass windows by the artist Arcabas, it delights young and old with many activities in summer and winter. Many people from Grenoble have come to settle there in order to take advantage of the quality of life offered (view, summer freshness, calm, etc.).

13 km, this is the distance from Grenoble
1, 014 m, is the altitude of the village


After the village of Sappey, towards St Pierre de Chartreuse, is the Col de Porte, in the town of Sarcenas (village with many typical hamlets that we invite you to visit, you can enjoy the incredible view). A must-see in the Chartreuse massif, summer and winter. This is the starting point for hikes to the highest and most beautiful summits of Chartreuse:

  • Chamechaude, the highest point of the massif at 2,082 m;
  • La Pinéa which offers a 360 ° panorama to hikers, who can also take their dogs there;
  • The Charmant Som which bears its name very well and allows an easy summit, accessible to children and discover the atmosphere of the mountain pastures and the making of mountain cheese.

The particularities of the Sappey / Col de Porte

  • The mountain village atmosphere a quarter of an hour from Grenoble
  • Playground for lovers of outdoor activities (at Sappey and Col de Porte)
  • Mecca of biathlon and Nordic skiing in winter (competition venue)
  • The exceptional snow cover of the Col de Porte

What we like

  • The Fort du St Eynard, above the Sappey which offers an exceptional view over the valley of Grésivaudan and Grenoble.
  • The 12th century church renovated with the Carthusian monks.
  • The Col de Porte spot in summer and winter
Come to

Sappey / Col de Porte

1 / It is reached via Grenoble (13 km) by taking the D512.
This corbelled road will offer you a beautiful view of the Grenobloise agglomeration. On the road, you can stop at the “Café des Alpes” with its panoramic terrace.

2 / Access via St Pierre de Chartreuse (14 km) via the Col de Porte.
A road very frequented by cyclists (thirsty for passes to climb) and bikers (thirsty for bends to cover). You will pass through the Col de Porte (1,326 m), the starting point for hikes to the summits: Chamechaude, Charmant Som, Pinéa). You can also admire the majestic Chamechaude (highest point of the Chartreuse massif, 2,082 m) before descending in the shade of the spruce trees.