GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 3rd et 4th section

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With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
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Clarée, Queyras and Italian Piedmont up to Menton

Cross the Alps meeting people and mountains... The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean is a long-distance hike. The opportunity to take a long break and put daily life aside.
This itinerary runs along the Swiss and Italian borders while crossing five counties and some of the most famous mountain ranges in the Alps.

3rd section: Clarée, Queyras and Italien Piedmont - From Modane to Larche
During this incredible week switch from the Northern Alps to the beautiful Southern Alps. Mont Thabor, Nevache Valley, Briançon, Queyras region, Val Maira and Ubaye region, many beautiful mountains to discover. Far from the mechanic scars on the landscape of the big ski resorts, enjoy wild preserved nature and an authentic warm welcome in small villages. Incredible flora and sparkling altitude lakes, all under the sun of the Southern Alps, this tour will leave you with long lasting memories.

4th section: from Larche to Menton - Ubaye, Mercantour, Vallée des Merveilles
The fourth section starts from Lake Geneva and goes to Menton. This section has an incredible diversity of landscapes, flora, heritage and the most remarkable architecture in the French Alps. From the highest summits of the Ubaye area, to the Mercantour lakes and its wide open space via the Vallée des Merveilles; you will be diving towards the Mediterranean sea via a multitude of valleys, mountain passes and typical mountain villages. Don't be a fooled this is no beach holiday yet... the local terrain and the deep valleys make this section physically challenging. A dazzling experience.

You will like

  • Section 3: Thabor, Névache Valley, Queyras, Val Maira, Ubaye
  • Section 4: Ubaye, Mercantour, Vallée des Merveilles
  • An adapted itinerary with a passage in Italy
  • Baggage transport
  • The Mediterranean as an objective!

GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 3rd et 4th section

Next date Next departure 19/06/22

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From 19/06/22
to 02/07/22
Guaranteed departure 1630 € Book online
From 03/07/22
to 16/07/22
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From 10/07/22
to 23/07/22
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From 17/07/22
to 30/07/22
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From 24/07/22
to 06/08/22
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From 31/07/22
to 13/08/22
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From 07/08/22
to 20/08/22
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From 14/08/22
to 27/08/22
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From 28/08/22
to 10/09/22
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Possibility to link up 1, 2, 3 or 4 sections of the GTA...

GTA 1 and 2
GTA part 1, 2, 3 and 4

We will book the extra nights accommodation for you and potential transfers between the sections... please contact us!

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;
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation (except Days 4, 6 and 11);
  • Bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits; 
  • Airport taxes;
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point including the bus between Guillestre - Montdauphin and Modane train station on Day 1.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

Meet at 10:45am at Modane train station.

MODANE - VALLEE ETROITE
Transfer to Valfréjus (20mins) to the famous departure point of the GR5, towards the Étroite valley. Gentle climb towards this mountain pass which acts as a natural border between the Northern and the Southern Alps. Here enter the Hautes-Alpes and Étroite Valley, a French enclave in Italy. Descentdto the hamlet of Les Granges to spend the first night in a refuge.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -650m

Day 2

VALLÉE ÉTROITE - COL DU VALLON - NÉVACHE
Returning on the trail a few hundred metres to sink into the heart of the Clarée Valley. In an extremely wild area, climb to the Vallon pass (2645m) dominating the magnificent Lake Blanc. A beautiful descent towards the Nevache village in the upper Clarée Valley. Cross the traditional village of Ville Haute and transfer (35mins) at the end of the day to the neighbouring Fonts de Cervières valley. Night in refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -1050m

Day 3

FONTS DE CERVIÈRES - COL MALRIF - ABRIÈS
Reaching the Queyras National Park via the Malrif pass (2830m). A beautiful climb from the Fonts de Cervières hamlet. Cross the Marif pass with a breathtaking view of the famous Mont Viso, the Lord of the Southern Alps. A long descent to Abriès via the Malrif lakes which are among the largest in the Queyras region. Night in a gîte.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -1300m

Day 4

ECHALP - LAKE VALLEY - COL VIEUX - LAKE BLANCHE
From the last hamlet of this high valley of Guil, up along the Italian border, the valley of Bouchouse which constitutes a biotope reserve. Passage to Egorgeou and Foréant lakes and then to "Col Vieux" (2806m) to reach "Col de Chamoussière". Descent into this wide valley of the "Aigue Blanche" to reach the "refuge de la Blanche", by the lake, nestled at the foot of the "Tête des Toilies". Night without luggage transport.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1400m ; -600m

Day 5

LAKE BLANCHE - COL DE LA NOIRE - MALJASSET
From the refuge, in its extraordinary landscape, climb to the mineral area of Col de de la Noire. Leaving behind the Queyras region to enter the wild valley of Haute-Ubaye. Gently descending into the flower filled Longet valley to the first hamlet of Maljasset. Night in a gîte.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550m -1300m

 

Day 6

MALJASSET - COL MARY - CHIAPPERA
At the foot of the Haute-Ubaye, the Chambeyron (3412m), a gentle climb via the valley of Col Mary with its multitude of lakes cheerfully dotting the pastures. From the mountain pass, enter into Italy in the Piedmont to reach Val Maira and the beautiful village of Chiappera. Night in gîte (*without baggage).
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +815m -1150m

Day 7

CHIAPPERA - COL DES MONGE - ORONAYES VALLEY - LARCHE
Beautiful traverse in the unusual Maira valley to reach the Monges pass (2542m) marking the border between France and Italy. Descend into the Montagnette valley, dominated by the fortresses of Maginot erected during the Second World War... Arrive in Larche, a small village in Haute-Ubaye.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1150m -1150m

Day 8

LARCHE - VALLON DU LAUZANIER - PAS DE LA CAVALE
Depart for the Lauzanier Valley at the gates of the Mercantour National Park. Climb via a pleasant path to reach the Lauzanier Lake before a final slightly steeper climb up to the pass. A magnificent view from Col de la Cavale of the Tinée and the surrounding mountains. Descend into the high valleys of the Alpes Maritimes passing via the Col des Fourches and the magnificent promontory of Mont des Fourches. Reaching the Bonnette Restefond road (the highest road in Europe) encountering poignant vestiges of the Maginot line. Night in Bousseyas, the first hamlet in this high valley of Tinée. 
6 hour walk / Elevation: +10400m -1100m

Day 9

ISOLA 2000 - COL DE LA MERCIÈRE - LE BORÉON
After an early transfer to Isola 2000 ski resort, climb to the Col de la Mercière (2342m). Descend and then cross through the old village of Mollière and up to Col De Salèze. Depending on the condition and the fitness level of the group a detour is possible to Lake Negere. Descend into the Vésubie to the village of Boréon. Night in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +550m -1090m

Day 10

LE BORÉON - PAS DES LARDES - MADONE DE LA FENESTRE - LACS DE PRALS - LA GODOLASQUE
From Boreon, climb through the valley towards the Trécolpas lakes and cross the Pas de Lardes (2448m) dominated by the Gelas the highest summit of the Mercantour. Descend to the hospices of the Madone de Fenestre passing near its cheese cave. Climb the Poncet Valley to the Baisse lakes then on to the 5 lakes of Prals before continuing on up to Lower Prals. A Beautiful descent down to the bottom of the Gordolasque Valley, to the Relais des Merveilles.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1550m -1520m

Day 11

VALLÉE LA GORDOLASQUE - REFUGE DE NICE - BAISSE DE VALMASQUE - VALLÉE DES MERVEILLES
Travel light for a night without baggage transport to the Refuge des Merveilles. Climbing through the Gordolasque Valley to Lac de la Fous and the dominating Refuge de Nice. 
From Refuge de Nice, climb to Baisse Basto to join the famous Vallée des Merveilles and its engraved caves. A succession of enchanting lakes in the middle of this mineral landscape typical of this historical valley.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1330m -790m

Day 12

REFUGE DES MERVEILLES - PAS DU DIABLE - COL DU RAUX - L'AUTHION - CAMP D'ARGENT
Via a multitude of lakes leave the Vallée des Merveilles via the Pas de Diable. From here a change of scenery begins. From the Pas de Diable cross several mountain passes at medium altitude through sheep pastures. At the Col du Raux head back to the small plateau of Authion dominated by a remarkable redoubt, a high place of confrontation during the Second World War. From Authion, on a clear day the first sighting of the Mediterranean is possible! Descend to the small ski resort of Camp d'Argent.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +625m -1000m

Day 13

LE CAMP D'ARGENT - MONT VENTABREN - MANGIABO - SOSPEL
A magnificent day on a ridge awaits. Leaving these landscapes rich in military vestiges of the Second World War to reach Sospel via the Mount Ventabren and Mangiabo ridges. With a continuing view over the mouth of the Var and the outskirts of Nice. A Charming descent to the village of Sospel on the Bévéra river for the night.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +570m -1750m

Day 14

SOSPEL - COL DU RAZET - VIEUX CATSELLAR - MENTON
Last day of the GTA, not there yet... but can you smell the sea?! Beautiful climb to the Col de Razel (1032m) on an old paved path between ruined shepherd huts. Passing flocks of sheep and goats from Rove testifies to the arrival in Provence. The vegetation becomes much more leafy and fragrant. Chestnut trees, maples and rosemary line this beautiful day. Enjoy the last mountain pass, Col du Berceau (1050m) to picnic overlooking the bay and harbour of Menton... and a final descent of 1050m to the waters edge!
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1110m -1450m

End point around 4:30pm in Menton harbour.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +900m -1200m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 7.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: easy mid mountain terrain on varied trails. Well marked paths often above the vegetation level with a few forest sections.

This tour is in collaboration with our local partner who offers an authentic approach.

GUIDING

Group between 5 and 14 people supervised by a qualified mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 13 nights in refuges and gîtes. 
All accommodation offers hot showers (*Sheets and towels are not provided. Shared bathrooms).

In option: twin bedroom supplement on reservation for nights 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13) depending on availability: 170€ per person.

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!)

MEALS

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.

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 of jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at 10:45am at Modane train station. Free parking available nearby. Transfer to Valfréjus.

BY TRAIN
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) - Modane by TGV. 
Return: night train or the next day from Montdauphin-Guillestre - Gare de Lyon (Paris) https://www.oui.sncf
Public transport is limited between Montdauphin-Guillestre and Modane (7 hour train journey).

BY CAR      
We advise you to consult www.viamichelin.fr to plan your journey. Free parking available at Montdauphin-Guillestre train station.

From Grenoble, 2 routes are possible to reach Montdauphin-Guillestre:
- Via Gap
- Via the Lautaret pass and Briançon. Inquire about the condition of the pass: +33 (0)4 92 24 44 44 (answering machine).

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

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Modane: 
2* Hotel les Voyageurs: +33 (0)4 79 05 01 39
3* Hotel du Commerce: +33 (0)4 79 05 20 98 

Montdauphin:
Hotel Lacour:
+33 (0)4 92 45 03 08 (from 40€ per room)

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.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported daily (except Days 4, 6 and 11) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. 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.

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