The Alps from one side to the other to meet people and mountains... The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean is a long-distance journey. The opportunity to take a long break and put daily life aside.
This itinerary runs along the Swiss and Italian borders while crossing five departments and some of the most famous massifs of the Alps.
3rd section: Clarée, Queyras, Ubaye
We take you for one incredible week to pass from Northern to Southern Alps through stunning parts! The Thabor, the valley of Névache, Briançon, the Queyras, the Val Maira, Ubaye... as many prestigious ranges that you need to discover! Away from the loud of big ski stations, enjoy a preserved nature and an authentic hospitality in cosy villages. An incredible flora, high-altitude lakes with stunning reflection, all under the sun of Southern Alps. A trek you will remember long time!
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Departures from 18 June to 18 September 2022
Without baggage transport
570€ per person in classic accommodation (mini. 2 persons)
730€ per person in comfort version (bedroom for 2 people)
With baggage transport (except on day 4 and 6)
One person: 760€, classic accomodation
Group of 2: 665€ per person, classic accomodation
Group of 3 and more: 645€ per person, classic accommodation
Comfort option, room for 2 people: +170€ per person
Information and reservation by telephone or e-mail.
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The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
MODANE - ETROITE VALLEY PASS
Meet at 9am at Modane train station.
Transfer to Valfréjus (20mins) to the famous departure point of the GR5, heading towards the Étroite Valley. Gentle climb towards this mountain pass which acts as a natural border between the Northern and Southern Alps. Entering the Hautes-Alpes and the Étroite Valley, a French enclave in Italy. Descend to the hamlet Les Granges to spend our first night in a refuge.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -720m
VALLÉE ÉTROITE - COL DU VALLON - NÉVACHE
Returning a few hundred metres on our path to sink into the heart of the Clarée Valley. Into an extremely wild area and climbing to the Col du Vallon (2645m) dominating the magnificent Lac Blanc. Beautiful descent towards the village Nevache in the upper Clarée Valley. Cross through the traditional village Ville Haute and transfer at the end of the day to the neighbouring valley of the Fonts de Cervières (35mins). Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -1050m
FONTS DE CERVIÈRES - COL MALRIF - ABRIÈS
Joining the Queyras National Park at altitude via the Col Malrif (2830m). Beautiful mountain climb from the magnificent hamlet Fonts de Cervières. Traverse the Col Marif with a breathtaking view of the famous Mount Viso, Lord of the Southern Alps. Long descent to Abriès by the Malrifs lakes, one of the largest in the Queyras to the Guil Valley. Night in a gite.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1300m
L'ÉCHALP - LA VALLÉE DES LACS - COL VIEUX - REFUGE AGNEL
From the last hamlet of the Guil Valley, climb along the Italian border, the Bouchouse Valley which constitutes a biotope reserve. Pass via the Egorgeou lakes, Foréant and to Col Vieux (2806m) descending the Col Agnel Valley. Night in a refuge.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -600m
AGNEL - LA BLANCHE LAKE - COL DE LA NOIRE - MALJASSET
From the refuge via the GR58, climb to the Col de Chamoussière to reach the peak of Caramentran at +3000m. From this promontory with remarkable panorama, pass along the French-Italian border to the lakes of Blanchet then climb up to the Col de la Noire. Through this pass leaving the Queyras to penetrate the wild valley of Haute-Ubaye. Descending gently through the very flowery Longet Valley to the first hamlet Maljasset. Night in a gîte.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -1300m
MALJASSET - COL MARY - CHIAPPERA
At the foot of the highest range of Haute-Ubaye, the Chambeyron (3412m), easy climb through the Col Mary Valley with its multitude of lakes cheerfully dotting the pastures. From the mountain pass enter Italy, to the Piedmont to reach the Val Maira and the beautiful village Chiappera (without luggage).
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -950m
CHIAPPERA - COL DES MONGE - ORONAYES VALLEY - LARCHE
Beautiful traverse in the unusual Maira Valley to reach the Col des Monges (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... End of the trek in Larche, a small village of Haute-Ubaye.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1200 m -1150 m
End point in Larche and transfer around 5:00pm to Guillestre - Montdauphin train station.
Possible transfer to Modane train station +2hours : 30€/pers. (to book at registration).
For those who continue their "Grande traversée des Alpes" the next week, between Larche and Menton, night in Larche.
Elevation: + 900m - 1200m approximately per day.
Maximum altitude: 3000m
Maximum elevation: 1200m.
Accomodation average altitude: 1800m
Walking time: 5 to 7.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult and is open to children from 12 years.
Trek organised in collaboration with local partners, concerned in makin authentic tours like we do.
Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:
- IGN TOP 25 with the route highlighted
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek
- 1 waterproof map holder
- Accommodation list
In France trails are marked with red and white stripes for Grande Randonnée (in both directions).
It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/25000 and 1/50000.
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by our logistics vehicle, except on day 4 and on day 6.
6 nights in mountain refuges or comfortable gites in dormitory.
Accomodation have been recently renovated with hot showers every day.
In option, bedroom for 2 persons for 6 nights (bedroom for 2 people in gite: bedlinen and towels not furnished, shared bathrooms).
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accomodation in the evening (except day 1): 80€ for the week, to book at registration.
To be able to easily walk 15km (on the flat) 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 maximise and appreciate your days even more.
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 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 the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! Luggage 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.