A vast altitude plateau, the Vercors massif offers to hikers a harmonious wilderness. Climbing up to the plateau is the goal for the first days... A steep ascent into limestone where ibex and chamois are often present in the morning. Then we encounter a mix of mediterranean and dolomitic landscapes on top of the ridges between Grand-Veymont and the Mont Aiguille, with the Ecrins massif in the background.
From here we are about to enter the Devoluy massif 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 Devoluy, because we cannot miss the Bure mountain, an altitude desert where giant parables are scanning our universe. Return via the Aiguille pass, where bearded vulture nestle... Amazing!
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Meet at 9:00am at the train station of Monestier-de-Clermont and transfer to Gresse-en-Vercors.
VERCORS PLATEAU - MONT AIGUILLE
Climb up to the Pas de la Ville (1925m) entering the Vercors plateau. Traverse under the Grand-Veymont summit (2341m) and into the vast expanse of this high plateau. Passing via the Aiguillettes hut, Pas de la Selle, then the Aupet pass at the foot of the elegant Mont Aiguille. Descend to Chichilianne village. Another pleasant itinerary is possible via Lalimas pass and the eastern face of the Mont Aiguille. Through tiny hamlets and with a panoramic view. Night in a hotel.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1150m
5 hour walk / Elevation: +700m -880m via the Col Lalimas
PAS DE L'ESSAURE - COMBAU RIDGES - REFUGE DE LA TOUR DE BORNE
Climb to the plateau via the Essaure pass (1714m) giving access to the heavenly Combeau valley. The hike continues on a wonderful, wild but easy path along the ridges of the southern Vercors to the Menée pass. Night in a refuge, surrounded by sheep (*without baggage).
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1050m -750m
MONT JOCOU - LUS-LA-CROIX-HAUTE VILLAGE
Climb to the Jiboui pass to reach the ridge that leads us to the Jocou summit (2051m). Far away in the distance the Ecrins massif, the Obiou mountain and the Devoluy area shape the landscape. Griffon vultures roam... Descend into the pastures of the Col de Vente-Cul to the small village of Lus-la-Croix-Haute. Night in a gîte.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -1000m
VALLON DU RIOUFROID - COL DE PLATE CONTIER - LA CLUSE
Transfert in the Rioufroid gorges, and then up through the wild valley of Garnesier. In this strange forest, the plants are influenced by the presence of the permafrost underground. Ascension to the col of Plate Contier and then down to la Cluse for the first night in the Devoluy. Night in gite.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -850m
MONTAGNE DE BURE
A loop hike to discover the plateau of Bure (2560m) and its wild face. Transfer to the Festre pass. Climb under the Aurouze mountain and cross the plateau to the observatory and its sky scanning parables. Here we find a lunar like atmosphere! Descent via the same itinerary or by Aurouze valley through an incredible limestone scree. Short transfer, back to the gîte.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1150 -1200 via Aurouze valley
AIGUILLE PASS - LACHAUP
Departure from the gîte through the Rama pastures. Climb up through the Aiguilles valley before reaching the pass that leads back into the Vercors park. Follow a nice loop back to Lachaup and hopefully an opportunity to see a bearded vulture!
5 hour walk / Elevation: +700 -880
LAKE LAUZON - CHARNIER PASS
A stunning hike under the southern foothills of the Grand-Ferrand mountain in a high-mountain atmosphere. The Charnier pass marks the entrance into the Devoluy area, the land of Chourum (natural cavities formed by the combined action of wind and rain). Descend toward the Lachau hamlet, for 2 nights in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +930m -730m
End point at the train station of Lus-la-Croix-Haute around 4:00pm and return with a taxi to Monestier-de-Clermont.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings, etc.
Elevation: +/- 900m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 6.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: well-marked trails. One or two steep passages to ascend Bure mountain.
Group from 6 to 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.
With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by a vehicle, except on Day 2.
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!)
1 night in hotel, in a bedroom 2/4 people (in Chichilianne the hotel has a SPA, extra cost of 15€/ person)
1 night in refuge in dormitory, without luggage
4 nights in gite, in dormitory
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
Meeting at 9:00am at the train station of Monestier-de-Clermont and transfer to Gresse-en-Vercors.
Paris/Grenoble/Monestier-de-Clermont. Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-vercors with an Altitude Mont Blanc vehicle.
Check www.oui.sncf for schedules.
Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-Vercors with Altitude Mont Blanc.
Take the A48 motorway to Grenoble, then A51 to Sisteron, exit Monestier-de-Clermont. Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-Vercors with Altitude Montblanc.
End point around 4pm in Lus-La-Croix-Haute and around 5:00pm in Monestier-de-Clermont.
Extra night in Gresse-en-Vercors: from 65€/ person with half-board.
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.
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
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 baggage will be transported daily (except Day 2) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!
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.