VERCORS MYSTERIES SNOWSHOEING

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Cosy
Level ** Level **
From 675 € From 675 €

Enter the atmosphere of the Vercors massif during winter !

Every outdoor lover in France feels his heart beating when it comes to the Vercors mountains. From the impregnable fortress of the high plateau to the shredded peaks of the Jarjatte valley, the south of this mythical mountain range, between Drôme et Isère regions, offers the contrasts of a rough and authentic nature. 

As the cold winds of winter start to blow, the snow offers a new dimension to that territory. The forest and the mountain become still for the great pleasure of the contemplative hiker that crosses this frozen world where the lynx and the wolf are prowling. Far from the crowded ski resorts, snowshoes are the best way to discover this peaceful mountain, yet rich with amazing wildlife ! 

As a contrast with the rough winter conditions, you will rest in a warm and comfortable gite, enjoying a good cuisine and local products. The week will end beautifully with a night in a gorgeous castle-hotel under the famous Mont Aiguille ! 

You will like

  • Vercors mountains are perfect for snowhoeing ! 
  • Wild routes among snowy ridges, narrow gorges and deep forests
  • A chance to observe wildlife in its winter habitats
  • The variety of sceneries, from the fortress of Vercors to the Dolomites looking peaks of the Jarjatte valley. 
  • A warm and confortable gite at Lus la Croix Haute
  • One night in a gorgeous Castle Hotel near the famous Mont Aiguille !

VERCORS MYSTERIES SNOWSHOEING

From 675 €

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Dates & prices

Double or twin bedroom in option with a supplement of 130€ per person, depending on availability

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THE PRICE

The price includes:

  • Organisation and booking fees ;
  • Guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and snacks during the day ;
  • Hotel accommodation ;
  • Snowshoes, poles and avalanche equipment ;
  • Daily transport to hike departure point ;
  • Taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of the tour price) ;
  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.) ;
  • Your journey from home to the point of departure/end point ;
  • Other exclusions clearly described within the corresponding technical sheet.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting at 7pm at the gite, welcoming aperitif, presentation of the week with your guide and introduction to the safety equipment. Snowshoeing in the Alps depends a lot on the weather and the snow conditions, especially considering the avalanche risk. This program can be changed during the week if required, for a safety matter. The guide takes the final decision about every hike and gives a brief every evening to present next day's program. 

Walking time and elevation given here are not accurate, as the guide will adjust the rythm and the length of the hikes depending on the group.

Day 2

GORGES DE LA TOUSSIERE – ANCIENNE COMMANDERIE DES TEMPLIERS
Departure from the gite for this first day, in order to get confortable with the snowshoes. Way up across a gorgeous wooded valley, to ancient ruins of a templar commandery. The itinerary is adapted to the group level for this first day which is more like a warm up. At noon, a welcoming break for lunch and a little avalanche rescue excercise to get use to the safety equipment. 
4.30 hour walk / 350 meters elevation total +/-

Day 3

FOND DU VALLON DE LA JARJATTE
Complete immersion in this wild valley, in the shade of great peaks looking a lot like the italian Dolomites. Snowshoeing at the foot of these giants offers a chance to observe a lot of animal tracks, easy to see and to follow, a good way to lear more about theclocal wild life. 
5 hour walk / 450 meters elevation total +/-

Day 4

LE BOUTOURET - ROGNON
North of Lus la Croix Haute, ascension of a beautiful summit in the shape of a horseshoe. Walking along the ridge, we will enjoy a 360° view on this region between the mountain ranges of Vercors, Devoluy and Ecrins ! We might have the chance to observe some chamois on the slopes. 
6 hour walk / 550-600 meters elevation total +/-

Day 5

SOMMET DU PLATARY - ROCHER DE L'AIGLE
Bus transfer in the morning to Chichilianne, near the famous Mont Aiguille, to Prayet pass for the ascent of the Platary ridges. Amazing panorama on the high plateau of Vercors during a walk along the ridge passing near several chasms. We will spend the night at the gorgeous Castle hôtel of Passières, with SPA and hammam. 
4.5 hour walk / 400 meters elevation total +/-

Day 6

HAUTS PLATEAUX DU VERCORS - VALLON DE COMBEAU - PLATEAU DE L’ESSAURE
That's impossible to leave the Vercors massif without spending a day among the wild Hauts plateaux. Access by Menee pass and Combeau valley. Incredible scenery that feels like heaven on Essaure plateau from where we often contemplate a thick sea of clouds. 
4.5 hour walk / 400 meters elevation total +/-

End of hike around 3:30pm in Chichilianne and bus transfert to Clelles - Mens train station.

The trip

LEVEL **

Elevation: +/- 400 to 700m approximately per day.
Walking time: 4 to 6 hours per day depending on the group.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult and is open to all, no prior experience of snowshoeing necessary.
Same hotel all week long allows to have a rest day at any point.

GUIDING

Group from 6 to 14 people supervised by a qualified mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

4 nights in dormitory (2 to 6 beds) in a privatised and confortable gite at Lus la Croix Haute.
http://www.gite-point-virgule.fr/
(2 persons bedrooms with supplement, depending on availabilities, contact us)

1 night in twin/double bedroom in the Hôtel Castle ** of Passières in Chichilianne.
SPA / Hammam

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided at your hotel.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a warm hearty soup and a variety of local products.

MAPS

IGN 25 :000 Glandasse, Col de la Croix Haute, PNR Vercors 3237 OT
IGN 25 :000 Dévoluy, Obiou, Pic de Bure 3337 OT

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

BY TRAIN
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 11:41am arrive in Lus la croix haute at 5:43pm.
Return: Depart train station of Clelles-Mens at 4:40pm, arrive Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 10:24pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at oui.sncf

The meeting is at 6pm at the Lus la Croix Haute train station for those who arrive by train

BY CAR
From Grenoble, follow the A51 to Sisteron, exit at Monestier-de-Clermont and then follow the D1075/E712, direction of Sisteron-Aix en Provence, to the train station of Clelles - Mens. 

Meeting at 4:45pm at the train station of Clelles - Mens for those who arrive by car

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Tourism office of Lus la Croix Haute
Tourism office of Chichilianne

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.

Our insurance can only be sold to Europeen citizens speaking French.

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

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

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 

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 35 to 40 litres for your avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel and probe), personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

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