The marmite des géants at Les Gourniers

A beautiful walk near the lake of Serre-Ponçon in the Hautes-Alpes

The marmite des géants (the giant's cauldron in English) is a geological phenomenon located on the hamlet of Gourniers in the Hautes-Alpes, it is a large waterfall where the water swirls. A very nice educational trail of 30 minutes allows you to discover the environment around the kettle. The walk is really worth a look. The road to Les Gourniers is narrow but the access remains easy. The walk is short and interesting with many explanatory panels. The path is perfect for those who don't want to embark on a 4 hour hike in the mountains, however if you have time you can continue the walk as Les Gourniers is the starting point of many hikes. Not to be missed if you visit the region.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 1 h.

The car park

The car park
There's a large car park right next to the trail.

Departure

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Departure
The departure is very well indicated. The discovery trail is very easy to access.

View of the hamlet of The Gourniers

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View of the hamlet of The Gourniers

The trail

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The trail
The trail is easy.

The torrent

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The torrent
It's the torrent that goes to the giants' cauldron.

The signposts

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The signposts
As the walk is short, you can make a detour to the waterfall at 200m.

The path to the waterfall

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The path to the waterfall
Unfortunately the path to the waterfall is not easy, it follows the torrent.

The waterfall

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The waterfall
Very beautiful waterfall but it is difficult to see it because the path is difficult to walk.

The giant's cauldron

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The giant's cauldron
On the way back to the village you pass in front of the giants' cauldron, the water rushes into the cauldron in a deafening roar.

The restaurant

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The restaurant
After the walk there is even a very nice restaurant to quench your thirst and regain your strength.

The view of the mountain

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The view of the mountain
The view of the surrounding mountains is exceptional.
Departure point (Google Maps)

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