HAUT QUEYRAS

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7 days 7 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 615 € From 615 €

Under the sun of the Southern Alps

Sometimes called the little Switzerland, the Queyras region is known above all for its high villages, its larch forests and its wide mountain pastures. On the edge of the Italian border, this massif benefits from the coolness of the mountains and the blue sky of the Southern Alps. There are more than 300 days of sunshine per year! On the border, the imposing Mount Viso (3841 m), the 2nd Italian summit, rises.
Here nature is wild and preserved by the Regional Natural Park: numerous high altitude lakes, rare floral species, abundant mountain fauna (hares, marmots, chamois, eagles and even wolves...).
This stay plays at jumping the border, between two countries but also between two worlds, between virgin high altitude spaces and valleys rich in an authentic heritage.

You will like

  • The discovery of an authentic country, vast mountain pastures, typical wooden architecture and famous sundials...
  • A very nice hike with a "mountain" atmosphere
  • The pleasant climate of the Southern Alps 
  • The easy ascent of some peaks of more than 3 000 meters, like the Pain de Sucre

HAUT QUEYRAS

Next date Next departure 04/06/22

From 615 €

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Dates Status Prices
From 04/06/22
to 10/06/22
Guaranteed departure 615 € Book online
From 11/06/22
to 17/06/22
Guaranteed departure 625 € Book online
From 18/06/22
to 24/06/22
Guaranteed departure 690 € Book online
From 25/06/22
to 01/07/22
Guaranteed departure 735 € Book online
From 02/07/22
to 08/07/22
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From 09/07/22
to 15/07/22
Guaranteed departure 745 € Book online
From 16/07/22
to 22/07/22
Guaranteed departure 760 € Book online
From 23/07/22
to 29/07/22
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From 30/07/22
to 05/08/22
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From 06/08/22
to 12/08/22
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From 13/08/22
to 19/08/22
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From 20/08/22
to 26/08/22
Guaranteed departure 720 € Book online
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to 02/09/22
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to 09/09/22
Guaranteed departure 625 € Book online
From 10/09/22
to 16/09/22
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From 17/09/22
to 23/09/22
Guaranteed departure 615 € Book online
From 24/09/22
to 30/09/22
Guaranteed departure 615 € Book online

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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 lunches and snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in gîtes, refuges and small hotels, shower tokens in accomodation if required ;
  • Daily luggage transport between accommodation (except on Day 5) and bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point ;
  • Airport taxes and other exclusions clearly described within the corresponding technical sheet.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

WELCOME AND INSTALLATION
Meeting point at 5:30pm in front of the bus station of Ville Vieille (05350 Château Ville Vieille - Queyras). Transfer to the first accomodation and installation.

Day 2

PRATS-HAUTS - SAINT VÉRAN - REFUGE DE LA BLANCHE BY THE BALCONS DES AIGUES
Early departure for Saint-Véran, in a balcony along the vallée de l'Aigue Blanche. On the way, visit of Pierre-Grosse and Saint Véran, two traditional and emblematic villages of Queyras. Ascent by the big canal to the refuge of the Blanche, at the foot of the Toilies head, at 2500 m of altitude. Night in the refuge with the luggage.
5h00 walk. Elevation: + 650 m / - 50 m

Day 3

REFUGE DE LA BLANCHE - COL DE LA NOIRE - VILLAGE OF CHIANALE
From the Blanche refuge, departure to the Col de la Noire, at almost 3000 m of altitude. This border pass between the Queyras and the Haute Ubaye is well named. the schists that make it up offer dark, serious tones that contrast with the carpet of flowers in the summer grass. Lac de la Blanche, de la Noire, Col Longet, lac Bleu... so many mirrors of the peaks to lead you to the Piedmontese village of Chianale. This high village will seduce you by the richness of its architecture and the authenticity of its streets. Night in a gite with the luggage.
5h30 walk. Elevation: + 530 m / - 1200 m

Day 4

CHIANALE - COL AGNEL (2750 m) - VALLÉE DES LACS - L'ECHALP
Ascent of the Agnel pass (2750m) from Chianale, to allow us to reach the Haut Queyras. Crossing of the Col Vieux (2850m) and descent of the inevitable Vallée des Lacs to the Vallée du Guil. This valley, recently classified as a national biosphere reserve, offers a large panorama, going up to the highest summits of our French Alps. Night in a small village in the haute vallée du Guil. Night in a gîte with the luggage.
7h00 walk. Elevation: + 1150 m / - 1275 m

Day 5

L'ECHALP - COL LACROIX (2300m) - CIABOT DEL PRA
A quietly day from Echalp to Ciabot del Pra through the Col Lacroix (2300m), an old border crossing. Night in a refuge in the typical Piedmontese alpine hamlet of Ciabot del Pra, with the sound of the Clarines and the smell of antipasti... The refuge of Jervis, planted in the middle of this small plateau welcomes us for this "cool" day. Attention, for this evening (in refuge), no transport of luggage. You must plan to carry your necessary things for the night in your backpack. Night at the refuge.
4h00 walk. Elevation: + 600m / - 600m

Day 6

CIABOT DEL PRA - COL D'URINE (2500m) - VILLAGE OF ABRIÈS
Back to Queyras by the Col d'Urine (2500m) and descent between alpine pastures and larch forests to Abriès, one of the most animated villages of Queyras. Descent in this green valley, at the foot of the majestic Pelvas, with an exceptionally rich flora... we finally reach the village of Abriès by the forest. Night in a gîte in Abriès with the luggage.
6h00 walk. Elevation: + 880 m / - 1050 m

Day 7

ABRIÈS - PIC DU MALRIF (2900m) - AIGUILLES
From Abriès, passing by the lacs du Malrif (2500m) and the pic du Malrif (2900m), we leave the Queyras to reach the col du Malrif, at the doors of the Briançonnais. Last day along the biggest lakes of the Queyras natural park, through the old abandoned villages of Malrif and Lombard, to reach the village of Aiguilles, "Capital of the Queyras".
6h00 walk. Elevation: + 1150 m / - 1000 m

End of the tour at 2:30pm in front of the bus station of Ville Vieille.

The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, unknown factors and situations beyond our control can affect this itinerary and may change the route, timings etc.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***

Daily ascent: +/-850 m on average. Maximum difference in altitude: 1200m.
Duration of the stages: between 4 and 7 hours per day.
Maximum altitude of passage: 2900 m.
Medium mountain circuit without particular difficulties.
This trip is carried out in collaboration with our local partners, who, like us, are keen to offer you an authentic trip.

ACCOMMODATION

6 nights in comfortable mountain huts.
Comfort version possible with supplement according to availability at the time of booking (room of 2 in gîte formula: sheet and towel not provided, bathroom to be shared). A supplement of 20€ per stage will be asked for this option. In some cases, the accommodation in a double room may be different from the rest of the group, meals will be taken with the group.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are served in the accommodation.
For lunch, your guide will prepare a picnic lunch, usually consisting of a variety of salads and regional 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 picnic. 

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3537 ET - Guillestre and Top 25 - 3637 OT - Saint-Veran (1/25 000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO THE STARTING POINT

Reception at Prat Hauts on Saturday. Meeting with the guide around 7pm.

BY TRAIN

- From Paris: Night train Paris / Guillestre or day train TGV via Valence or Grenoble.
Return: day train via Valence or Grenoble then TGV to Paris.
Schedules to be checked with the SNCF: oui.sncf/

Access by train to Montdauphin-Guillestre station, then transfer to Ville Vielle by regular shuttle bus (about 12€ per person, 30 min journey). Information and booking of the Guillestre Montdauphin to Ville Vielle buses: www.zou.maregionsud.fr
At the beginning or end of the season (before 5 July and after 31 August), the shuttle service may not be operational. Two shuttles per day will then be organised by us, one at 9am and one at 5pm (cost: 10 €, booking required on 04 92 46 71 72).

BY CAR

From Grenoble, 2 possible routes to Guillestre:
- Via Gap
- Via the Col du Lautaret and Briançon. For information on the state of the road to the pass, call 04 92 24 44 44 (answering machine).

From Guillestre, go to Château-Queyras then Ville Vieille (1.5km, the only roundabout in the Queyras). Free parking on site next to the Tourist Office.
In order to plan your journey, we advise you to get information on the itinerary from the different sites: www.viamichelin.fr / www.mappy.fr 

BY COVOITURAGE
Some websites where drivers and passengers can share rides: https://covoiturage-libre.fr/ https://www.laroueverte.com/ https://www.roulezmalin.com/ https://www.blablacar.fr/.

End of the tour around 2.30 pm at the bus station of Ville Vieille.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER THE TRIP

www.guillestre-tourisme.com
www.molinesenqueyras.com

INSURANCE

In accordance with the regulations, we are insured for Professional Civil Liability. In no case can we replace your personal liability. If you have chosen the EUROP ASSISTANCE repatriation insurance that we offer, Altitude Mont Blanc only acts as an interface between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to the strict terms and conditions of sale. You are responsible for following the procedures for reporting any claims.

Before taking any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

TO CONTACT US

If you are late, contact the agency: +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 and highly walking poles 
  • 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 daily transported between accommodation by our 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 to refuges, which access is not always easy! 
Please use one bag per person; gathering together the belongings of two people usually leads to a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg are better than one bag of 20 !

Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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