ACROSS SOUTH BELLEDONNE MASSIF self-guided

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4 days 4 days
Self-guided Self-guided
Without baggage transport Without baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
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In the footsteps of shepherds

The ''Bella Donna'' is one of the four massifs surrounding Grenoble. Contrary to its neighbours who swallow rainwater in their limestone entrails, Belledonne exposes it on its granitic reliefs through torrents, waterfalls and altitude lakes. The water trickles down and, in some corners of the mountain, small glaciers and snow still hide and supply it for most of the summer. In this area, an important fauna has developed (ibex, chamois, birds of prey...) which find all what they need as well as numerous human activities (pastoral, hydroelectric and touristic). In spite of its austere faces which dominate Grenoble, it is a lively massif which is well worth a short 4-day excursion from hut to hut.

You will like

  • The fauna and flora very present at these altitudes
  • The rocky terrain which reveals glaciers, lakes and waterfalls
  • Accommodation in mountain huts, far away roads
  • The format of the trip, short but immersive.
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Dates & prices

DEPARTURE AND PRICE

Departure from the 18th june to 20september 2024

Without luggage transport
255€ per person in dormitory

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • Accommodation in gîtes and small hotels, including the tourist tax;
  • All meals including picnic lunches and simple snacks during the day;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation, except Day 2 if you chose the option;

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits;
  • Pic-nics
  • Transfers to  the departure and from the end of the trek ;
  • Airport taxes; 
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

Departure at the ski resort Chamrousse, transfer from the Grenoble train station if you have chosen this option. Each day one or more alternative routes are proposed to extend the day.

LAKES ROBERT AND BERNARD
Departure from the hamlet of Recoin in Chamrousse and climb towards the Col de la Balme. We leave the ski resort on the right to enter the massif via the Robert Lakes. The itinerary goes along glacial lakes, until the refuge of La Pra, between the summits of Grand Colon and Doménon. Night at the refuge.
4.5 hour walk / Distance: 8km / Elevation: +800m -4000m
 

Day 2

LAKE CROZET - JEAN COLLET HUT
Crossing along the Crozet lake, suspended above the valley. The day continues on the side of the massif, above the Grésivaudan valley, with the Chartreuse in the distance. 2nd night in a small refuge perched on the western slope, in the setting sun.
4.5 hour walk / Distance: 8km / Elevation: +700m -900m

Day 3

COL DE LA MINE DE FER – PAS DE LA COCHE
Climb to the col de la Mine de Fer (2400m), then by a more confidential path, to the brèche de la Roche Fendue, which allows you to switch to the other side of the Belledonne range. A return trip to the summit of the Pointe Centrale Sud du Ferrouillet (2587m) is possible, for a nice 360° panorama: (+/-100m of ascent, cairns markings). The traverse continues on a balcony to the Pas de la Coche, from the pass a short descent leads to the habert d'Aiguebelle. Night at the refuge.
4.5 hour walk / Distance: 9km / Elevation: +800m -1000m

Day 4

BELLE ETOILE PEAK - 7 LAKES
The day starts by climbing up to the Pas de la Coche, before a beautiful traverse to the Col de la Vache where the gradient changes abruptly. Descent on the myriad of lakes of the 7 Laux, which the path skirts, before leaving the massif by the Montagne du Gleyzin to the Fond de France in Allevard.
6.5 hour walk / Distance: 14km / Elevation: +900m -1560m

End of the hike at Fond de France around 4:00pm.
Transfer to Grenoble with public transfort. (Taxi possible in option, contact us).

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 800m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 8 hours per day.
Good, well-marked mountain trails. The terrain is quite rocky in the Belledonne and some of the variants are not signposted.
IGN 1/25000 map-reading skills are essential.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Without baggage transport:  you have to carry your personal belongings in your rucksack.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHTS WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the nights without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in a refuge in a dormitory.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnic are not included. They can be ordered in advance in the accomodations. The refuges in this sector are usually supplied once a week. Orders must be placed well in advance

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure at Lus-La-Croix-Haute.

BY TRAIN
Paris/Grenoble/La-Croix-Haute. 
Check www.oui.sncf for schedules.
 

BY CAR
Take the A48 motorway to Grenoble, then A51 to Sisteron, exit Monestier-de-Clermont and then follow D1075 to Lus. 

CAR-SHARING                                                                                                                               
Get in touch with people to share a lift! Here are some website recommendations:   www.blablacar.fr www.covoiturage-libre.fr www.laroueverte.com www.roulezmalin.com

End point around 3:00pm in Lus-La-Croix-Haute (Train to Paris at 3:47pm) and 4:00pm in Monestier-de-Clermont.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Extra night in Lus-La-Croix-Haute: 70€ half-board basis.

PHYSICAL CONDITION

To be able to easily walk 15km (on flat trails) in 3 hours maximum.
If this is not the case, at least 3 weeks before departure, 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to undertake some prior fitness training: 4 to 5km jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.

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