GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES self-guided - 3rd section

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Self-guided Self-guided
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
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From Modane to Larche

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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  • A diversified and adapted itinerary, with a part in Italy
  • Thabor, Valley of Névache, Queyras, Val Maira, Ubaye
  • The baggage transport 

GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES self-guided - 3rd section

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departures from 23 June to 8 September 2020

Without baggage transport
510€ per person in classic accommodation (mini. 2 persons)
Single person supplement: 130€

With baggage transport (except on day 4 and 6, mini. 2 persons)
610€ per person in classic accommodation.
Single supplement in classic accomodation : 170€

Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day ;
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€) ;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option (except day 6) ;
  • Transfers as detailed in guidebook ;
  • Organisation and booking fees, taxes.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • The return way to the departure point (especially if you chose the minibus between Guillestre-Montdauphin and Modane train station on first day ;
  • Cancellation insurance.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

The route day to day...

Day 1

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 -850m

Day 2

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 -900m

Day 3

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 -950m

Day 4

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 -1200m

Day 5

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.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -900m

Day 6

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

Day 7

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: +1200m -1200m

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. 

The trip

LEVEL ***

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.

ROAD BOOK

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.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

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.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Two options:
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.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC:
6 nights in mountain refuges or comfortable gites in dormitory of 4 to 8 persons.
Accomodation have been recently renovated with hot showers every day.
Food is refined, most of dishes are made of local products. 

Possibility of bedrooms for 2 persons for nights 1,2 and 3, depending on disponibilities at booking (bedroom for 2 in gite: bedlinen and towels not furnished, shared bathrooms). 

MEALS

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.

PHYSICAL CONDITION

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.

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

MAPS

IGN TOP 25 – 3535 OT Névache Mont Thabor
IGN TOP 25 – 3536 OT Briançon
IGN TOP 25 – 3538 ET Aiguille de Chambeyron
IGN TOP 25 – 3637 OT Mont Viso

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Practical information

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 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.

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