TOUR AND ASCENT OF MT VISO

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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 1245 € From 1245 €

A trip between France and Italy

Between France and Italy, the massifs of the Haut-Queyras and the Viso are like 2 brothers. Wide valleys go up regularly to the passes and summits, permanent viewpoints on the king Mount Viso (3841 meters, 2nd Italian summit).
The proposed itinerary go and back over the border, following in the footsteps of the peddlers and smugglers of the previous century, in the freshness of the mountains and under the blue sky of the Southern Alps.

You will like

  • A hike with the cross of high passes and lakes
  • The tour of Viso with the viewpoints from the Mont-Blanc massif to the Ecrins by the plain of Po
  • The ascent of the summit for volunteers, an easy and beautiful rocky climb
  • With 300 days of sun per year, the famous climate of Southern Alps
  • The discovering of an authentic country, with its pastures, its typical wooden architecture, its original heritage (sundials, wooden sculptures...) and its singular history

TOUR AND ASCENT OF MT VISO

Next date Next departure 30/07/22

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 30/07/22
to 05/08/22
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1245€ per person for a group of 7/8 people
1220€ per person for a group of 9/10 people
1130€ per person for a group of 11/12 people

THE PRICE

Includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader;
  • All meals including picnic lunches (from the dinner of day 1 to the picnic lunch of day 7) and snacks;
  • Accommodation in gîtes and refuges ;
  • Shower tokens if required;
  • Baggage transport between accommodations for days 1, 5 and 6;
  • The alpine day guiding by qualified and insured high-mountain leaders and the technical material (helmet and harness)

Does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.);
  • Touristic visits;
  • Airport taxes;
  • Cancellation insurance;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.
  • Baggage transport between accommodations for days 2, 3 and 4;

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

SAINT-VERAN – COL BLANCHET - CHIANALE
Departure from Saint-Véran with the shuttle bus to the chapel of Clausis and beginning of the hike in the vallon de l'Aigue Blanche and the Lac de la Blanche. The crossing on the Italian Piedmont is then done by the Col Blanchet to reach the very beautiful village of Chianale while passing by the blue lake "Laghi Blu". For this colorful day, a magnificent variant is also possible by the Col de la Noire and the Col Longet with its first viewpoint on the Monviso! Night in a gîte in Chianale, with your luggage.
6h30 walk - Elevation +850m / -1100m

Day 2

AT THE FOOT OF THE EAST FACE OF VISO – REFUGE QUINTINO SELLA
Transfer to the village of Maddalena and the lake of Castello. The itinerary starts in a beautiful forest of larches before reaching the lacs de Bertin and then the Passo Gallarino (2764m). A long traverse then to join the Quintino Sella refuge, on the shore of the Grande di Viso lake.
Night in the refuge facing the Po plain, without your luggage.
5h30 walk - Elevation +1260m / -200m

Day 3

ASCENT OF MONVISO (3841m) – PIAN DEL RE
Early departure with your guides for the ascent of the Monviso, an immense pyramid with a haughty solitude, which dominates largely all the summits of the area. Return to the refuge and enjoy good pastas or polenta to recover! Then the crossing of the wide plateau continues near to the impressive East face of Viso, 1200m high! Descent to Pian del Re, for a night in a gîte, without your luggage.
8h00 walk - Elevation +1450m / -2000m

Day 4

PIAN DEL RE – COL ARMOINE AND MANZOL - REFUGE GRANERO
Ascent to the Col Armoine (2692m). In good weather, exceptional view on the Italian Piedmont, the Pò valley, the Viso and the Mont Blanc far away! Short descent in the valley, then climb to the Col Manzol (2663m) by a steep couloir. Final descent to the Granero refuge for a night without luggage.
5h00 walk - Elevation +900m / -560m

Day 5

COL SELLIERE - REFUGE VISO - ECHALP
Beginning with the couloir of the Col Sélliere (2834m) and crossing of the Haut-Guil valley, under the Marte and Udine points, with a superb view on the North face of Viso. Passage to the Viso refuge and descent to the little village of Echalp. Night in a gîte, with the luggage.
6h00 walk - Elevation + 600m / -1200m

Day 6

EGORGEOU AND FOREANT LAKES - COL VIEUX - REFUGE AGNEL
Hike through the beautiful valley of Bouchouse passing by the lakes Egorgéou and Foréant. Varied itinerary in a protected valley (biotope reserve). Ascent of the Pain de Sucre (3208m) for the volunteers and descent to the Agnel refuge for the night. From the Col Vieux, direct descent to the refuge is possible.
Night in the refuge with the luggage.
5h00 walk - Elevation +1100m / -230m
7h30 walk - Elevation +1500m / -630m with the ascent of Pain de Sucre

Day 7

COL DE CHAMOUSSIERE - SAINT-VERAN
Short ascent to the Col de Chamoussière (2884m) then, as an option, crossing to the Col de Saint Véran (2844m). On the way, ascent of the Pic de Caramantran (3025m). Descent to the chapel of Clausis and Saint-Véran, end of the hike. It is possible to take the shuttle bus which leaves 100m under the chapel of Clausis and avoids 1h of road (5€ per person!)
4h00 walk - Elevation + 300m / -830m
5h00 walk - Elevation + 430m / -960m by the Col de Saint-Véran and the Pic de Caramantran

The trip

LEVEL ****

Elevation: +/- 900m approximately per day
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours per day
Type of trek: most of the route is on good trails with some sections in a rocky terrain.

Ascent of the Mt Viso: a rocky climb constitued by a succession of slope, little walls and dihedrals. This is a Moderate climb but it stills in high altitude where the temperature, wind and snow conditions could increase the difficulty.It is essential to have a habit of walking (off-trail) in the mountains with a backpack of several kilos. Accessible to good walkers who have walked up above 3000m and used to hiking 8 hours a day. 

GUIDING

Group from 6 to 14 people supervised by a qualified professional mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

4 nights in refuges in a dormitory
2 nights in gîtes in a room of 2 to 6 persons
All accommodation offers hot showers.

RESPONSIBLE TOURISME

Day 2, 3 and 4 are without baggage transport, you will need to carry with you a small toilet bag and a change of clothes for the night (max 1-2kg). We have made this choice to favour an enchanting secluded route but also to lower the cost and limit the environmental impact. Please let us know your opinion on that! 

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR BAGGAGE

For the nights without your baggage at the accommodation 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!)

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully daily prepared by your mountain leader, comprising a variety of a healthy salads and local products.

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - 3530 ET - SAMOENS and Top 25 - 3630 OT - CHAMONIX (1/25 000)
MPA (yellow) Trient valley (1/25 000)

Practical information

ACCESS TO THE STARTING POINT

Meeting point in the little village of Saint Veran.

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 Saint Veran.
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 walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 45 to 55 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.

FOR THE ASCENT OF MONT VISO

All the stuff for the summit is included in the price (helmet and harness). In case of snowy conditions crampons and ice-axes could be rented (in option) in the refuge of Quintino Sella. A climb above 3000m requires warm equipment in case of weather deterioration (tights, hat, gloves, jacket...) and a good pair of rigid and high shoes (no low shoes like trail shoes). Sticks are essential.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be daily transported between accommodation by our vehicle the days 1, 5 and 6. 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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