MYSTERIES OF THE DEVOLUY self-guided

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4 days 4 days
Self-guided Self-guided
Without baggage transport Without baggage transport
Accommodation Classic or comfort
Level *** Level ***
From 295 € From 295 €

A Dolomites-like!

Here we are about to enter the Dévoluy, under the face of the Grand-Ferrand, in the classified valley of Jarjatte. The hike is now more alpine in this surprising range. Have you already heard about the Chourum?

Quick passage into the Dévoluy, because we cannot miss the Montagne de Bure, an altitude desert where giant parables are scanning our universe. Way back by the Col Aiguille, where the bearded vulture nestles... Amazing!

You will like

  • The beauty of this limestone massif with multiple reliefs similar to the Dolomites
  • The route on top of ridges, offering vast panoramas over the Alps
  • The wide plateau landscapes and Jarjatte valley
  • The simple and cosy accomodation and local produce of Trièves and Drôme regions
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Dates & prices

DEPARTURE AND PRICE

Departue from the 08th june to 30th september 2024

Without luggage transport : 295€ per person

Option comfort : contact us

Option Montagne de Bure transfers to be paid directly to the taxi or the accomodation.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees;
  • Accommodation in gîtes, including the tourist tax;
  • All meals including picnic lunches and simple snacks during the day;
  • Transfers as described on the technical sheet and return taxi to departure point.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits;
  • Pic-nics
  • 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 on foot from Lus-La-Croix-Haute.

LEAF TIP AND STRAW RIDGES
Departure from Lus-La-Croix-Haute to enter the valley of Tranchemule. At the Jajène Pass, the view opens onto the nearby Grand Ferrand Range (2758m). A ride on the ridges for a good part of the day followed by a descent in the valley of Jarjatte, a small jewel left out of the tourist over-frequentation, allows to dive from this first day in the atmosphere preserved of the massif.
Overnight in a cottage in the valley.
5h30 walk/ Distance: 13km/ Altitude difference: +950 m; -750 m

Day 2

LAC DE LAUZON - COL DU CHARNIER
The valley of Jarjatte is a small jewel, kept away from the tourist over-frequentation. Superb hike under the southern foothills of the Grand Ferrand in an atmosphere of great alpine hiking. Passage to the Charnier pass and entrance ddans le Dévoluy, the land of Chourum, balms and other avens… Descent on the hamlet of Lachau. Overnight in lodging, with luggage.
5h30 walk/ Distance: 12km/ Altitude difference: +1000 m; -850 m

Day 3

VALLON DES AIGUILLES - LA CLUSE
Departure from the cottage by the Rama mountain pastures. Climb in the suspended valley of Aiguilles at the foot of the fountain of Roy, for a picnic in this beautiful plain of altitude, and perhaps the observation of a bearded Gypaète that nests nearby. The bravest can climb to the Aiguille neck (2003m). A nice crossing follows on the small hamlet of La Cluse, at the foot of the Sauvas valley. Overnight in lodging, in dormitory.
6h30 walk/ Distance: 14km/ Altitude difference: +/-1150 m
1h walk/ Distance: 2km/ Altitude difference: +/-180m for the Aiguille pass.

POSSIBLE VARIANT : MOUNTAIN OF BURE
If the conditions allow, superb day in loop to discover the plateau of Bure (2560m) by its wild side. Transfer at the start of the hike. Climb through the Combe Ratin and cross the plateau to the observatory, whose parables check the sky. Lunar atmosphere. Descent by the same route, or by the Combe d'Aurouze by an incredible limestone stone. Transfer back to the cottage for the night. Transfers for that day are to be paid on site by taxi or accommodation provider.
7h walk/ Distance: 13km/ Altitude difference: +1350m /-1150 m, with additional transfer to be paid on site

Day 4

COL DE PLATE CONTIER - RIOUFROID VALLEY
One of the most confidential hikes of the week. Departure of the cottage by the grassy terraces bordering the torrent of the Abelu. Climb to the pass of Plate Contier, and why not to the foot of the lamb, for the view of the wild valley and the crests of Garnesier. Descent through the beautiful forest of Chabottes. By taxi to the parking lot of Riou Froid and transfer back to the station of Lus la Croix Haute. 
5h walk/ Distance: 11km/ Altitude difference: +700 m; -600 m
+1h20 walk/ Distance: 3km/ Altitude difference: +/-180m for the Lamb’s Step

End of the hike at Lus-la-Croix-Haute around 4pm.

The programme was drawn up according to the last known elements at the time of its writing; unforeseen circumstances are always possible and situations beyond our control 

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 900m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 6.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: Mountain paths, often quite rocky. One to two steep passages to ascend the Montagne de Bure.
The Dévoluy is very wild and relatively uncrowded mountain ranges, which gives him charm. The marking and maintenance of the paths, particularly in the south of the Vercors, remain relative, and the orientation can at times become complex. It is essential to be autonomous on the orientation in the mountains and to perfectly master the reading of topography maps at 1:25,000 to go freely on this route.

You have to be in a general good fitness level. Please practice a cardio sport such as hiking, running, cycling, from 3 to 4 hours a week. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
Please find the description of the levels by clicking here: levels of difficulty

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Without carrying luggage: you carry all your personal belongings in your backpack.

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in gîte, in dormitory.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

Please inform us about your food allergies and special diets at the time of booking.
The accommodation do their best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure at Lus-La-Croix-Haute.

BY TRAIN
Paris/Grenoble/La-Croix-Haute. 
Check 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: covoiturage-librelaroueverteroulezmalinblablacar

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.

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.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the night 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!)

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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