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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Comfort (room)
Level ** Level **
From 650 € From 650 €

On the border between the Northern Alps and the Southern Alps, stands a famous massif: the Ecrins. Classified national park more than 30 years ago, this protected area conceals valleys, each more unusual than the next. The most prestigious of these is the Valouise valley, the gateway to the Glacier Blanc, the largest of the Southern Alps. It is at the edge of this one that we invite you to settle down for a week of snowshoeing discovery. Departing from a comfortable gîte, you will set off with snowshoes to attack hamlets and isolated peaks. In the evening, in the heart of this magnificent mountain village, you will enjoy the well-being of your warm inn.

Next date Next departure 20/02/22

From 650 €

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 20/02/22
to 25/02/22
Open departure 730 € Book online
From 27/02/22
to 04/03/22
Open departure 730 € Book online
From 06/03/22
to 11/03/22
Open departure 650 € Book online
From 13/03/22
to 18/03/22
Open departure 650 € Book online
From 20/03/22
to 25/03/22
Open departure 650 € Book online
From 27/03/22
to 01/04/22
Open departure 650 € Book online

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THE PRICE 

It includes

  • Organisation and guiding by a qualified montain leader ;
  • Snowshoes, poles and avalanche equipement ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and snacks during the day ;
  • Nights in gite and taxes ;
  • Access to spa 1 day per week ;
  • Transfert between Guillestre-Montdauphin's train station to Prat Hauts (booking is required)

The price does not include:

  • Cancellation insurance (4.2% of the tour price) ;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.) ;
  • Touristic visits ;
  • Your go and return journey from home to the point of departure / end point ;
  • Airport taxes and others exclusions clearly described within the corresponding technical sheet

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point. 

Personalised tour available

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L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

WELCOMING AND INSTALLATION
Welcoming at 6.30 p.m. at the Argentière - Les Ecrins TER station (20 minutes from your accommodation, transfer possible).
Installation for 4 nights then debrief with your guide.

Day 2

AT THE FOOT OF THE PELVOUX
Going down of Vallon d'Ailefroide, between frozen waterfalls and little hamlets, we will go through the valley where silence reigns, favoring the approach of a fauna numbed by the cold of winter. In the hamlet of Ailefroide, return to the village of Claux by the same path.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation : + 550m ; - 550m

Day 3

LA POUSTERLE, PLATEAU D'ORÉAC
Short transfer to the heights of the Puy Saint Vincent station. Reaching the magnificent Col de la Pousterle by a forest path and then the plateau d'Oréac : a first panorama opens up ! Possibility of climbing to Tête d'Oréac or Les Têtes (2044 m) where we can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the week .... The Durance, the Queyras, the Ecrins right in front of us. Going back to the valley to enjoy the jacuzzi !
5 hour walk / Elevation : +/- 550m

Day 4

TRANCOULETTE PASS
From the hamlet of Le Puy, suspended over the Durance, we will go for one of the wildest passes of the journey: Trancoulette pass (2293 m). From Puy Chalvin to the hamlet of Combes, a slightly more physical day that allows you to appreciate another facet of this massif. Crossing the Partias nature reserve, suspended valley, great panorama over the surrounding peaks.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation : +/- 650m

Day 5

REFUGE DE DORMILLOUSE
Transfer to the small village of Freissinières. Equipment, preparation of bags then departure for the small hamlet of Dormillouse, the last inhabited village in the park. You will walk along ice cascades, very popular with international glaciers. You will be accommodated at the School refuge, its guardian is one of the only permanent inhabitants of the village. For this day, you will carry your stuff for the night.
4.5 hour walk / elevation : +/- 450 m

Day 6

THE CHICHIN VALLEY
Hike in the Chichin valley to Prés Baridons. You are here in the heart of the Ecrins national park in impressive high valleys carved by glaciers which have given rise to majestic waterfalls, frozen in winter. Descent to Dormillouse then Freissinières through the Vaudois hamlets of Viollins and its magnificent Protestant temple. Dispersion, return to Argentiere station for 3 p.m.
5 hour walk / elevation : +350m ; - 800 m

Fin du séjour le vendredi vers 15h à la gare de l'Argentière - Les Ecrins.

The trip

LEVEL **

Elevation : between 400m to 600m.
Walking time : in average 5 to 6 hours per day. Forest tracks and trails. 
Fitness : walks are adapted for all, even for hikers who had never been snowshoeing.

The tour has been developed along with our local partners who are very mindful about organising an authentic journey. 

GUIDING 

Group between 4 and 15 people supervised by a qualified montain leader. 

ACCOMMODATION

At La Vie Sauvage's chalet, a large house intended for 35 people max to live together with all the comfort required. Rooms with 1,2,3 or 4 beds, each with a shower, a sink and a WC (extra cost of 65€/ pers. for rooms with 2 beds, + 85€ for single room, depending on availability). A friendly area with a bar, music and boards games invites you to relax. The dining room has a huge chimney and there is a TV salon and a terrace. Parking available nearby. The spa is opened 2 days a week and is included in your stay. In option, massage and plantar reflexology.

MEALS

Hearty meals are provided by the chalet. Products come from local farms and from the family's farm. Homemade pastries and fresh juices. Wine and infusions are included in the meal. Lunch picnic is made of local products as well. 

Practical information

ACCESS DEPARTURE POINT 

We welcome you from 4:30 p.m. at the chalet La Vie Sauvage in Prats Hauts (Queyras), presentation and brefing about security with your guide around 7:30 p.m. A private shuttle will pick you up from the train station at 5.30 p.m. (booking required).

BY CAR
From Grenoble, 2 routes are possible to go to Guillestre :
- Via Gap
- Via the Lautaret montain pass and Briançon.
You can leave your car at the train station or go up to Prat Hauts : from Guillestre, go to Château-Queyras and then follow Molines - Saint-Véran up to Molines. At the entrance of Molines take left to Italy and when you are in the city center, take left to "Chalet Vie Sauvage". When you reach Gaudissard, take left one more time and continue up to Prats Hauts (2,5 km). Parking available. 
To plan your journey, please visit : 
www.viamichelin.fr
www.mappy.fr
Beware : Izoard, Agnel and Galibier's montain passes are closed during the winter. Some websites or GPS will guide you this way but this is impossible. Also, do not take the Fréjus' tunnel or Oulx which are much longer and more expensive. Please call 04 92 24 44 44 (answerphone) to know if the montain pass is open.

BY BUS
NEIGE EXPRESS bus lines from Paris or Marseille.
Online booking on:
https://www.autocars-imbert.com/fr/nos-lignes/lignes-neige-express.html

CAR-SHARING
Here are some websites dedicated to car-sharing : 
https://covoituragelibre.fr/  https://www.laroueverte.com/   https://www.roulezmalin.com/   https://www.blablacar.fr/

End of tour : Saturday after breakfast

ACCOMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR STAY

Chalet Vie Sauvage at Prat Hauts. From 60€/ pers. in a room to share (max 4 people) including half-board. 65€/ pers. in a room for 2, including half-board. 85€/ pers. in a single room including half-board. 04 92 46 71 72.

CONTACT US

If you are late please let us know as soon as possible : +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Material for snowshoeing (snowshoes and poles) is provided. However, if you have your own and would like to use them you are free to do so. Avalanche safety equipment including (transceiver, shovel and probe) is also provided.

Clothing

- Waterproof ski or winter walking trousers
Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
- Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
- Breathable or merino wool leggings
- Fleece or jumper
- Insulating down jacket
- 2 pairs of ski gloves and a warm hat
- Walking socks (1 pair per day)
- Sturdy waterproof walking boots

Other Equipment

- Rucksack minimum 35 litre capacity
- Sunglasses and ski mask
- 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
- Identity card or passport 

LUGGAGE TRANSPORT

You must pack all of your belongings in 2 bags: 1 backpack and 1 travel bag.
1 - The backpack:
Hiking backpack of about 35 liters, it will be useful for transporting your personal belongings during the day (warm clothes, water bottle, picnic, sun protection, identity papers, camera, binoculars , etc.)
2 - The large flexible travel bag:
It should contain the rest of your stuff.

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