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The department of Hautes-Alpes is situated in the Southeast of France. He is a member of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA). He carries the number 05 and consists of 2 districts, 30 cantons and 177 municipalities. His surface is 5 548,68 km². The inhabitants of the Hautes-Alpes are Top-Alpine (or High-Alpine). This department was established with the southeast part of Dauphiné With whom were connected some municipalities of Provence. It is a country of average and high mountain: 1/3 of the surface of the department is situated over 2000 meters in height, and 1/10th over 2500 meters. Two very different zones differ due to their height and their climate : ■ Four regions in the South (Country of Buëch or Bochaine, Serrois-Rosannais, Laragnais, Gapençais) train a zone of hills, with the the lowest point towards Ribiers for a 478 meter height. ■ Six regions in the North (Briançonnais, Queyras, Guillestrois, Dévoluy, Embrunais, Champsaur-Valgaudemar) present the characteristics of an alpine zone. Two thirds have a minimal height superior to 1500 meters. The peak of the Department being the Bar of Cases with 4 102 meters in height. This massif is a part of National Park of Cases. The tourism of the department of the Hautes-Alpes is especially shot to the mountain.