Vast altitude plateau, the Vercors Massif offers to hikers a harmonious wilderness. Climbing on the plateau is the first days' goal... A steep ascent into limestone where ibex and chamois are often visible, in the morning. Then we hike in a mix of mediterranean and dolomitic landscapes on top of the ridges, between Grand-Veymont and the Mont Aiguille, with the Ecrins Massif as background.
Here we are about to enter the Dévoluy, under the face of the Grand-Ferrand, in the classified valley of Jarjatte. The hike is now more alpine in this surprising range. Have you already heard about the Chourum?
Quick passage into the Dévoluy, because we cannot miss the Montagne de Bure, an altitude desert where giant parables are scanning our universe. Way back by the Col Aiguille, where the bearded vulture nestles... Amazing !
Departue from the 10th june to 10 september 2023
Without luggage transport
For 1 person : 615€ per person
For 2 ou 3 person : 595€ per person
For 4 or 5 person : 575€ per person
For 6 person or more : 545€ per person
With luggage transport (no luggage on night 2) :
2 person minimum
For 2 ou 3 person : 825€ per person
For 4 or 5 person : 715€ per person
For 6 person or more : 655€ per person
Option comfort : contact us
Option Montagne de Bure: transfers to be paid directly to the taxi or the accomodation.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Departure at Gresse-en-Vercors.
VERCORS PLATEAU - MONT AIGUILLE
Climb up to the Pas de la Ville (1925m) entering the Vercors plateau. Traverse under the Grand-Veymont summit (2341m) and into the vast expanse of this high plateau. Passing via the Aiguillettes hut, Pas de la Selle, then the Aupet pass at the foot of the elegant Mont Aiguille. Descend to Chichilianne village. Night in a hotel.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1150m
5h30 hour walk / Distance : 11km / Elevation : +920 m ; -920 m by the Pas de Bachassons
PAS DE L'AIGUILLE - VALLON DE COMBAU Climb to the plateau via the Essaure pass (1714m) giving access to the heavenly Combeau valley. The hike continues on a wonderful, wild but easy path along the ridges of the southern Vercors to Combeau valley. Night in a refuge, surrounded by sheep (*without baggage).
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +940m -600m
AROUND THE MONT JOCOU - LUS-LA-CROIX-HAUTE Climb to the Jiboui pass to reach the ridge that leads us to the foot of the Jocou (2051m). Far away in the distance the Ecrins massif, the Obiou mountain and the Devoluy area shape the landscape. Griffon vultures roam... Descend into the pastures to the small village of Lus-la-Croix-Haute. Night in a gîte.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +720m -950m
FRANCE AND PAILLE RIDGES Depart from the village entering the Tranchemule valley. At the Jajene pass we have a splendid panorama over the Grand-Ferrand range (2758m). Hike to the top of the ridge before descending into and discovering the Jarjatte valley. Night in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -800m
LAKE LAUZON - COL CHARNIER Short transfer. The Jarjatte valley is a jewel kept away from massive tourism. A stunning hike under the southern foothills of the Grand-Ferrand mountain in a high-mountain atmosphere. The Charnier pass marks the entrance into the Devoluy area, the land of Chourum (natural cavities formed by the combined action of wind and rain). Descend toward the Lachau hamlet, for 2 nights in a gîte.
5.5 hour walk / Elevation: +900m -700m
MONTAGNE DE BURE IN OPTION A loop hike to discover the plateau of Bure (2560m) and its wild face. Transfer to the Festre pass. Climb under the Aurouze mountain and cross the plateau to the observatory and its sky scanning parables. Here we find a lunar like atmosphere! Descent via the same itinerary or by Aurouze valley through an incredible limestone scree. Transfer, back to the gîte. Both transfers have to be payed directly to the taxi.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +/-1150 ( taxi fees not included)
AIGUILLE PASS - JARJATTE VALLEY
Departure from the gîte through the Rama pastures. Climb up through the Aiguilles valley before reaching the pass that leads back into the Vercors park. Follow a nice descent over the Jarjatte and hopefully an opportunity to see a bearded vulture! Arrive in the village and transfer to Lus-la-Croix-Haute train station.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +700 -880 via the Aurouze valley
Endpoint at the train station of Lus-la-Croix-Haute around 4:00pm and return with a taxi to Monestier-de-Clermont.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings, etc.
Elevation: +/- 900m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 6.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: Mountain paths, often quite rocky. One to two steep passages to ascend the Montagne de Bure.
The Vercors and the Dévoluy are very wild and relatively uncrowded mountain ranges, which gives them their charm. The marking and maintenance of the paths, particularly in the south of the Vercors, remain relative, and the orientation can at times become complex. It is essential to be autonomous on the orientation in the mountains and to perfectly master the reading of topography maps at 1:25,000 to go freely on this route.
With baggage transport: your baggage is transported daily except on Day 2.
For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
2 nights in a hotel in a room of 2 to 4 people .
4 nights in a gîte, in a dormitory.
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
Departure at Gresse en Vercors
Paris/Grenoble/Monestier-de-Clermont. You can then order a local taxi to Gresse en Vercors.
Check www.oui.sncf for schedules.
Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-Vercors with Altitude Mont Blanc.
Take the A48 motorway to Grenoble, then A51 to Sisteron, exit Monestier-de-Clermont.
End point around 3:00pm in Lus-La-Croix-Haute (Train to Paris at 3:47pm) and 4:00pm in Monestier-de-Clermont.
Extra night in Gresse-en-Vercors: 70€ half-board basis.
To be able to easily walk 15km (on flat trails) 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 jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
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
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 10kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage 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.