Barre des Écrins, View from Col du Galibier, Pelvoux, France

Now we are getting to the top 3 most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Barre des Écrins (Dominance 107 km – Height 4’102 m) is the third most dominant and from the top 10 the most southerly peak. It is located in France and belongs to the Dauphiné Alps.

Actually it is quite difficult to catch this one in a picture unless one is into mauntaineering … So the shot above is from a pass road leading up to 2’645 m a.s.l. The summit is about 16 km in air-line distance and showing the north-east side of the mountain.

Barre des Écrins, View from Glacier de Bonne Pierre (west), Pelvoux, France

Here now is the north-west side which I find particularly impressive. For the shot I used a wide-angle lense with 24 mm as I wanted to show some of the Glacier de Bonne Pierre as well – which is one of the four Glaciers surrounding this mountain. To get to this gorgeous viewpoint I started my journey in La Bérarde at about 1’781 m a.s.l. and hiked up to my viewpoint at 2’525 m a.s.l. 4 km later: The rocky wall of the Barre des Écrins rises up nearly 1’600 m!!

Here again the list of the most dominant mountains of the Alps:

  1. Mont Blanc (Dominance 2’812 km, Height 4’810 m)
  2. Piz Bernina (Dominance 138 km, Height 4’049 m)
  3. Barre des Écrins (Dominance 107 km, Height 4’102 m)
  4. Dufourspitze (Dominance 78 km, Height 4’634 m)
  5. Finsteraarhorn (Dominance 52 km, Height 4’274 m)
  6. Gran Paradiso (Dominance 45 km, Height 4’061 m)
  7. Combin de Grafeneire (Dominance 26.5 km, Height 4’314 m)
  8. Dom (Dominance 17 km, Height 4’545 m)
  9. Matterhorn (Dominance 14 km, Height 4’478 m)
  10. Aletschhorn (Dominance 13.5 km, Height 4’193 m)

And here again the overview of their locations:

The 10 most dominant mountains of the Alps (Google Maps); Pins show the locations from where the shots were taken; From left to right: Barre des Écrins, Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, Combin de Grafeneire, Dufourspitze, Matterhorn, Dom, Aletschhorn, Finsteraarhorn, Piz Bernina

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