VERCORS MYSTERIES

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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 795 € From 795 €

A Dolomites-like!

Wide 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 present in the morning. Then let's go 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 Devoluy massif, under the face of 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 Devoluy, because we cannot miss the Bure mountain, an altitude desert where giant parables are scanning our universe. Way back by Aiguille pass, where the bearded vulture nestles... Amazing !

You will like

  • The beauty of this limestone massif with multiple reliefs, similar to the Dolomites
  • The route on top of ridges, offering vast panoramas over the Alps
  • The wide plateau landscapes and Jarjatte valley
  • The simple and cosy accomodation, the local products of Trièves and Drôme regions

VERCORS MYSTERIES

Next date Next departure 31/05/20

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 31/05/20
to 06/06/20
Guaranteed departure 795 € Book online
From 14/06/20
to 20/06/20
Open departure 795 € Book online
From 28/06/20
to 04/07/20
Guaranteed departure 795 € Book online
From 12/07/20
to 18/07/20
Guaranteed departure 795 € Book online
From 26/07/20
to 01/08/20
Open departure 795 € Book online
From 09/08/20
to 15/08/20
Guaranteed departure 795 € Book online
From 23/08/20
to 29/08/20
Open departure 795 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 12/09/20
Open departure 795 € Book online
From 20/09/20
to 26/09/20
Open departure 795 € Book online

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • Accommodation in gites or hotels, half-board, picnic lunches ;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation, except day 2 ;
  • Transfers as described on the technical sheet, the return taxi to departure point.

The price 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.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meeting at 9:00am at the train station of Monestier-de-Clermont and transfer to 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), into the wide areas of the high plateau. Passing by Aiguillettes hut, Pas de la Selle, then Aupet pass at the foot of the elegant Mont Aiguille. Descend to Chichilianne village. A more bucolic itinerary is possible via Lalimas pass and the eastern face of the Mont Aiguille. Way through the tiny hamlets and panoramic view. Night in hotel, with your baggage. 
6.5 hour walk / Distance: 14km / Elevation: +950m -1150m
5 hour walk / Distance: 13km / Elevation: +700m -880m via the Col Lalimas

Day 2

PAS DE L'ESSAURE - COMBAU RIDGES
Climb to the plateau via Essaure pass (1714m) that gives access to the heavenly Combeau valley. The hike continues on a wonderful, wild but easy path on the ridges of the southern Vercors, to Menée pass. Night in refuge, surrounded by sheep, without your baggage.
5.5 hour walk / Distance: 14km / Elevation: +940m -600m

Day 3

MONT JOCOU - LUS-LA-CROIX-HAUTE VILLAGE
Climb to Jiboui pass to get to the ridges that lead us to Jocou summit (2051m). Far away, the Ecrins massif, the Obiou mountain and the Devoluy area shape the landscape. Griffon vultures roam... Descend into the pastures of the Col de Vente-Cul to the small village of Lus-la-Croix-Haute. Night in gite, with your baggage.
5 hour walk / Distance: 11km / Elevation: +720m -950m

Day 4

FRANCE AND PAILLE RIDGES
Departure from the village entering Tranchemule valley. At the mountain pass of Jajene, panorama over the so close Grand-Ferrand range (2758m). We hike on top of the ridge for a while before descending into Jarjatte valley that we slowly discover. Short transfer to Lus-La-Croix-Haute village and night in gite, with your baggage.
5.5 hour walk / Distance: 13km / Elevation: +980m -810m

Day 5

LAKE LAUZON - CHARNIER PASS
Short transfer to the departure of the hike. Jarjatte valley is a jewel that stays away from massive tourism. Stunning hike under the southern foothills of the Grand-Ferrand mountain in an high-mountain atmosphere. Charnier pass marks the entrance into the Devoluy area, land of Chourum (natural cavities formed by the combined action of wind and rain). Way down toward Lachau hamlet, setting for 2 nights in gite, with your baggage.
5.5 hour walk / Distance: 11km / Elevation: +930m -730m

Day 6

MONTAGNE DE BURE
A loop hike to discover the plateau of Bure (2560m) and its wild face. Transfer to Festre pass. Climb under Aurouze mountain and cross the plateau to the observatory and its sky scanning parables. Lunar atmosphere here! Descent by the same itinerary or by Aurouze valley through an incredible limestone scree. Short transfer, back to the gite. 
6.5 hour walk / Distance: 14km / Elevation: +1150 -1200 via Aurouze valley

Day 7

AIGUILLE PASS - JARJATTE VALLEY
Departure from the gite through Rama pastures. Climb into Aiguilles valley before reaching the pass that leads back into the Vercors park. Follows a nice descent over Jarjatte, with hopefully an opportunity to see a bearded vulture! Arriving at the village, transfer to Lus-la-Croix-Haute train station. 
5 hour walk / Distance: 12km / Elevation: +700 -880 via the Aurouze valley

End of trek at the train station of Lus-la-Croix-Haute around 4pm 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.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +/- 900m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 6.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: well-marked trails. One or two steep passages to ascent Bure mountain.

GUIDING

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

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

With luggage transport: your luggage is daily transported by a vehicle, except on day 2.

YOUR BACKPACK FOR THE NIGHT WITHOUT YOUR LUGGAGE

For the night without your luggage 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 !)

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in gite or hotel in a room of 2 to 4 people (in Chichilianne, hotel with SPA with an extra cost of 15€ per person).
1 night in refuge in dormitory, without luggage.
2 nights in gite, in dormitory.

MEALS

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

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting at 9:00am at the train station of Monestier-de-Clermont and transfer to Gresse-en-Vercors.

BY TRAIN
Paris/Grenoble/Monestier-de-Clermont. Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-vercors by an Altitude Mont-Blanc vehicule.
Check the website https://www.oui.sncf/ to know all schedules.
Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-Vercors with Altitude Montblanc.

BY CAR
Take the A48 motorway to Grenoble, then A51 to Sisteron, exit Monestier-de-Clermont. Transfer from Monestier to Gresse-en-Vercors with Altitude Montblanc.

End point around 3:00pm in Lus-La-Croix-Haute (Train to Paris at 3:47pm) and 4:00pm in Monestier-de-Clermont.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Extra night in Gresse-en-Vercors: 65 euros on a half board basis.

PHYSICAL CONDITION

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.

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.

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 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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