HAUT QUEYRAS self-guided

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Accommodation Classic or comfort
Level *** Level ***
From 455 € From 455 €

The most perched villages in Europe

Sometimes called little Switzerland, Queyras region is famous for its high villages rich of a traditional architecture, its mountain pastures and high valleys.

Border with Italy, Queyras mountains are rising on both sides of the Guil torrent which starts at the foot of Munt Viso and flows into the Durance at Mont-Dauphin. In the mountain freshness and under the southern Alps blue sky, that's the place of the most high villages in Europe.

The wide valleys are rising to the passes and summits, panoramic viewpoints on Munt Viso (3841m high, second highest summit in Italy). Here the nature is wild and preserved by the local national park : larch forest, pine and spruce ; pastures crossed by torrents and waterfalls that are coming from the multiple altitude lakes ; abundant flora and rare species, rich fauna (marmots, chamois, eagles, hares). The inhabitants of these lands have kept their traditions, their wood fountains, their decorated sundials and their warm welcome.

You will like

  • The discovery of an authentic country, sometimes called "Little Switzerland", with its mountain pastures, its typical wooden architecture, its large heritage of sundials
  • A beautiful mountain hike
  • With 300 days of sunshine a year, the pleasant climate of the Southern Alps ensures sun and light
  • The possible ascent of "Pain de Sucre", more than 3 000 meters high

HAUT QUEYRAS self-guided

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURE AND PRICE

Departure from 22 of June to 8 of September 2019

Without baggage transport
455€ per person, classic accommodation
Daily departure

With baggage transport
- 7 days / 6 nights 
Classic accomodation : 540€ per person (minimum of 2 persons)
Single supplement : 40€

- 6 days / 5 nights comfort version (without Fonts de Cervieres stage)
550€ per person (minimum of 2 persons)
Daily departure 

More informations and reservation via e-mail or phone call.

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THE PRICE

The price includes: 

  • Half-board from dinner of the first day 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€) ;
  • Organisation and booking fees ;
  • Daily baggage transport, if you have chosen this option (except day 5) ;
  • Taxi transfer between Chianale and Agnel pass ; 
  • Tourist tax.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches (about 10€ per picnic) ;
  • Hot shower tokens if applicable ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • The return journey from your home ;
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The route day to day...

Day 1

ABRIES - PEYRAS AND GILLY RIDGES
Departure from Abries village, bus transfert to Echalp. Way up toward "Tête de Pelvas" and balcony trail on the ridges of Peyras and Gilly, overlooking Guil and Valpréveyre valleys. Descent to Abries. Night in hotel or gite.
5 hour walk / Elevation : +800m -900m

Day 2

ABRIES - MALRIF PASS AND FONTS DE CERVIERES
Climb to Malrif pass passing by the lakes of Grand Laus. Descent to Font de Cervieres pasture. Night in refuge.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation : +1300m -1000m

Day 3

PEAS PASS - VILLE VIELLE
Climb through pastures to Peas pass that offers a superb panorama on Queyras and Briançonnais regions. Descent to "Ville Vieille" village. Transfer to Molines village and night in gite.
6 hour walk / Elevation : +600m -1250m

Day 4

COL DES PRES DE FROMAGE - CEILLAC
Climb to "Prés de Fromage" pass. Balcony trail above Ceillac to reach Fromage pass and descent to Ceillac village. Night in hotel or gite at Ceillac.
6 hour walk / Elevation : +1000m -800m

Day 5

CEILLAC - SAINT-VERAN 
Climb to "Tête de Jacquette" via Estonques pass and descend to Saint-Veran village along the torrent of Lamaron. Saint-Veran, at 2050m, is the highest village in Europe but also the prettiest in the Queyras region. 
Night in hotel or in gite at Saint-Veran.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation : +1200m -800m

Day 6

BLANCHET PASS - CHIANALE
From Saint-Veran to Chianale by the high valley of Saint-Veran and Blanchet pass (2900m) that takes us to the italian piedmont. Descent towards the beautiful Chianale village passing by the blue lake, "Laghi Blu".
Night in gite at Chianale.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation : +850m -1100m

Day 7

LAKES VALLEY - ECHALP
Transfer to Agnel pass (2750m). In option, ascent of "Pain de Sucre" at 3208m. Descent into the great Lakes valley to Guil valley. End of the trek at Echalp.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation : +500m -1200m

The program is established according to the lastest informations. Unknown factors and situations beyond our control could affect this itinerary and may change the route, timings etc.

The trip

LEVEL ***          

Elevation: + 900m average per day.
Walking time: 5 - 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: mountain route with no technical difficulty. Open to chidren from 12 years old.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 2 IGN TOP 25 maps with the route highlighted ;
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek ;
- 1 waterproof map holder ;
- Accommodation list.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Two options:
without baggage transport: you carry your baggage.
with baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily by a vehicle.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC
4 night in refuge or gite in dormitory
2 nights in hotel or gite in a room of 2

COMFORT
5 nights in hotel or gite in a room of 2

All accomodations offer hot shower

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered in each accommodation the day before.
You can buy supplies in the local shops (day 1,2,4 and 5).

PERSONALISED TOURS

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

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3637 OT MONT VISO et 3537 ET GUILLESTRE

Practical information

DEPARTURE

From 20 of June to 20 of September.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Start of the trek at Monta car park, above Abries.

BY TRAIN
2019 schedules. The Queyras region is served by Montdauphin-Guillestre train station, line Paris - Gap and then regular buses serving the different valleys.
DEPARTURE the day before
Depart Paris at 9:42am, arrive at Guillestre at 3:56pm via Valence
Depart Guillestre at 4:10pm and arrive at Abriès at 5:05pm.
RETURN 
Depart Abriès at 6:10am, arrive at Guillestre at 7pm
Depart Guillestre at 9pm and arrive at Paris at 6:46am

Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or at Oui sncf

BY CAR
Abries is at 35km from Guillestre. Car park available at the start of the trek.

CAR-SHARING
Get in touch with some people to share their lift! Here are some websites :
Blablacar ; Covoiturage libre ; La roue verte ; Roulez malin

End point in Monta in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Hotel Edelweiss : 04 92 46 71 09
Gîte L’Ancolie Bleue : 04 92 20 54 42
Office de Tourisme d’Abriès : 04 92 46 72 26

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Our insurance can only be sold to European citizens who speak French.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

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 between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg (for your own ease and comfort carrying your bag up stairs and in the dormitories, we do not advise rigid suitcases, heavy or large baggage).

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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