Sometimes called 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.
Next departure 23/09/23
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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.
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 refuge.
5h00 walk. Elevation: + 650 m / - 50 m
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 gite.
5h30 walk. Elevation: + 530 m / - 1200 m
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 gite.
7h00 walk. Elevation: + 1150 m / - 1275 m
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 luggage transport. You must plan to carry your necessary things for the night in your backpack. Night at the refuge.
4h00 walk. Elevation: + 600m / - 600m
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 gite.
6h00 walk. Elevation: + 880 m / - 1050 m
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 4:00pm 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.
Average elevation: +/-850 m. Max elevation : +1200 m.
4 to 7-hour hike per day.
Maximum altitude : 2900 m.
Mountain trek with no particular difficulty.
This trip is carried out in collaboration with our local partners, who, like us, are keen to offer you an authentic trip.
6 nights in refuge or gite.
In option : comfort version, depending on availability when booking (room of 2 in gite : sheet and towel are not provided, shard bathroom). Extra cost of 24€ per day and per person. Sometimes, the accommodation may be different from the rest of the group, but meals will be taken with the group.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in the accommodation.
For picnic lunch, your guide will daimy prepare a menu, consisting of a variety of 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 picnic.
IGN Top 25 - 3537 ET - Guillestre and Top 25 - 3637 OT - Saint-Veran (1/25 000)
Meet at 5:30pm at Chateau Ville Vieille train station and transfer to the accommodation. Debrief with the guide before diner.
From Paris: Night train Paris / Guillestre or day train TGV via Valence or Grenoble.
Return: night train via Valence or Grenoble then TGV to Paris.
Schedules must be checked on the SNCF website.
Access by train to Montdauphin-Guillestre station, then transfer to Ville Vielle by regular shuttle bus (about 30 min journey). >> Ligne 573 : from Montdauphin Gare SNCF to Gare routière Château-Ville-Vielle, to Abriès Ristolas
At the beginning or end of the season, the shuttle service may not be operational. Shuttles will be organized by us (cost: 13€).
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 at the bus station.
You can check on viamichelin or mappy
End of the tour on day 7 around 4.00 pm at the bus station of Ville Vieille.
If you are late, contact the agency: +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 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!