The destinations

St Pierre de Chartreuse

Village-station perché à 900 m d’altitude, c’est le village le plus connu de Chartreuse.

Perched at an altitude of 900 m in the heart of the massif, it is the most famous village of Chartreuse. This town of 1,000 inhabitants is nestled in the heart of the mountain and is overlooked by emblematic peaks of the massif including Chamechaude (the highest point of the massif, at the top of its 2,082 m altitude), Charmant Som and Grand Som.

53, this is the number of hamlets
900, this is the altitude of the village

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In winter, it has the particularity of becoming a village-resort thanks to the cable cars which, from the heart of the village, transport you to the slopes of the Coeur de Chartreuse ski area. And it’s a whole different face that is offered with a wide range of activities: snowshoes, outdoor balneotherapy, sledding, Nordic skiing, ski touring, fatbiking, and many others.

Like many villages in the massif, it is frequented all year round and is very lively with its many shops and services (cheese dairy, butcher, grocery store, bakery, pharmacy, hairdresser, etc.).

Its inhabitants are Chartroussins and Chartroussines (formerly the village was called Chartrousse). Not to be confused with the inhabitants of the Chartreuse massif who are the Chartrousins ​​and Chartrousines. 😉

The particularities of St Pierre de Chartreuse

  • Cradle of the Carthusian Order: Monastery and Museum of the Grande Chartreuse. It is not uncommon to meet monks in the village or on the paths around the monastery.
  • 53 hamlets for this very extensive village, one of the most extensive in Isère.
  • The Church of St Hugues, Museum of Contemporary Sacred Art
  • Its multi-resort side: downhill ski resort, Nordic skiing, trail running station, ski touring area, Nordikwalk station (Nordic walking), Rbikes station (electric mountain bike assistance) …
  • His companies: Fabrique du Ski and Raidlight

What we like:

  • Its central position on the massif (see coming to St Pierre de Chartreuse)
  • Its pretty hamlets and in particular that of St Hugues.
  • Its 4-season activities
  • Its shops and services open all year round.
  • Its festivities: Festival le Grand Son, Festival of August 15, …
  • The view over the village from the hamlet of Mollard-Bellet.
Come to

Saint Pierre de Chartreuse

1/ It is accessed via St Laurent du Pont (11 km) by taking the RD 520.
This road is not a simple mountain road, it has a history, a history linked to that of the Carthusian monks as in many places here, and it is full of natural and cultural treasures. For the record, originally a path was built by the Carthusians in the 15th century so that they could take what they needed to the monastery. This path was abandoned in 1856 in favor of this RD520 road. Of course, its winding bends will be worth a few “gagging” but it will fully reward whoever wants to discover its secrets:

    • The Pic de l’Oeillette, near the tunnels, a magnificent monolith carved by nature.
    • The thematic trail “Water and vivid memories of Guiers Mort“, also known as the blue fish walk, a refreshing and bucolic walk along the Guiers
    • The fishing routes
    • The “Pont des Allemands” (a bridge)

2/ Access via St Pierre d´Entremont (11 km) via the Col du Cucheron.
Here too, the road is worth the detour, or rather the roads because 2 routes are possible (by the D512 or by the D102B). The advantage is that no matter what route you choose, you can take the opportunity to stop at the hamlet-village of St Philibert and then at the Col du Cucheron (with its panorama over the Entremonts Valley).

3/ Access via the Sappey en 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 (1,326m), the starting point for hikes to the summits: the Charmant Som, the Pinéa and the majestic Chamechaude (highest point of the Chartreuse massif, 2,082m) before descending in the shade of the spruces.