TONIC VERDON

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6 days 6 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
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Level *** Level ***
From 1090 € From 1090 €

Little climbs, beautiful hikes, inside a canyon... Tonic!!!

An tonic getaway in the Verdon, between the Alps and Provence, for a week of pure nature pleasures...

On board of a small bus, you will go through the park, looking for the most beautiful climbing spot, the bluest canyon, without forgetting two days of beautiful escape on wild paths, for an unusual hike.

No need to be an expert, just to want to discover this fabulous natural park from every angle, with a passionate guide!

You will like

  • A little group the little bus
  • The wilderness of the Verdon National Park, its fabulous cliffs
  • Various activities: climbing, hiking, canyon
  • All the secrets of the massif discovered through the week
  • The spectacular and unique in Europe Grand Canyon of Verdon with its green river 

TONIC VERDON

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DEPARTURES AND PRICES

Departures from May to October 2021.

1090€ per person, fro a group of 6 to 8 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 6) and snacks;
  • Accommodation in gîtes in a room ;
  • Shower tokens if required;
  • Transfer in bus along the trip;
  • The specific material

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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L’itinéraire jour après jour...

Day 1

CLIMBING INITIATION - MOUSTIERS SAINTE MARIE

Meeting point in front of the train station of Dignes-Les-Bains, transfer in bus with your guide.
Initiation to climbing around Dignes les Bains on superb limestone walls, a perfect playground to discover the world of verticality. We learn the basic rules of climbing as well as different handling used to evolve in a natural environment. In the middle of the afternoon, we will go to the beautiful classified village of Moustiers, for a short visit. Night in an lodge in Moustiers or in Aiguines, above the lac de Sainte Croix.

Day 2

HIKE - FERRATA IN THE STYX
Departure for a colorful hike, on the Imbut path, until the Styx. It is one of the most spectacular sites, where the gorges seem to swallow the turquoise waters of the Verdon. The path, sometimes steep, is secured by cables and scales. Climb up the Vidal path, a short via ferrata, to reach the plateau. At the end of the afternoon, transfer and installation for 2 nights in the village of La Palud-sur-Verdon.
5h walk / Elevation: +/- 600m 10 km

Day 3

CLIMBING IN LA PALUD
The village of La Pallud is one of the most impressive and famous places of climbing. There are several sites to choose for this day: the Bastidon's debonair "couennes", or the cliffs of the Point Sublime...you will surely have to collaborate with the vultures... Indeed, these superb walls of orange limestone benefit this species. There is a very good quality of rock and the equipment is exemplary, so you can enjoy this climbing day. Back to the Pallud for the second night.

Day 4

MOURRE DE CHANIER - BLIEUX
Departure from Rougon, a perched village, at the same time as the vultures leaving for their daily flight. Climbing on the Doline de Suech, then by an off-trail passage to the top of the Mourre de Chanier (1930m), from where we can see the Alps and the sea! Mongolian steppe atmosphere in these vast expanses as far as the eye can see! Descent by the shoulder of the Mourre towards the small village of Blieux, and the friendly welcome in the gîte. Night in dormitory, without luggage.
6h à 7h walk / Elevation: +1150m - 1150m 15 km

Day 5

CADIERES DE BRANDIS
Ascent of the Colle Basse by the forest or along the Robine, a valley of soft schist with a curious relief. Then we leave the path to climb to the Pré Chauvin (1741m) revealing a large panorama of gorges and valleys. Descent on the rocky crest, until the Cadières de Brandis, remarkable ruiniform site which deserves a small halt. The descent continues on paths, until the big village of Castellanne. Aperitif under the plane trees and night in a small hotel!
6h30 walk / Elevation: +900m - 1150m 16km

Day 6

CANYON OF JABRON - CASTELLANE
Transfer to La Batie (10mn) and departure for a 30mn walk in the forest. The canyon of Haut Jabron is a small geological jewel of canyoning in Castellane. The river has carved out very narrow limestone gorges making the descent almost underground. Jumping in basins, slides, abseiling, all the ingredients are here in this easy and aesthetic canyon. Back to the parking and picnic, then back to Castellane. 

End of the trip at 3:00pm in Castellane. Transfer to Dignes or the train station of Chateau Arnoux (1h).

The trip

LEVEL ***

This trip is accessible to beginners in climbing and canyoning. The climbing spots chosen allow for an evolving practice in terms of level. Canyoning accessible to all.
For the hiking part, paths and tracks with rocky passages sometimes requiring an agile foot. Some passages without markers, on old trails, (day 4 and 5). Aerial passages (day 2).

TRANSFERS

This is a road-trip, so a bus is token by the group and driven by the guide. Baggages on the gites all the nights expected the ight 4 in Blieux.

ACCOMMODATION

2 nights in a hotel or gîte in a room for 2/3 people,
3 nights in refuge, in dormitory or rooms depends of the Covid situation.

All accommodation is equipped with hot showers.

THE MEALS

Breakfasts and dinners are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be ordered the day before in each accommodation. 

MAPS

IGN Top 25 - Castellane - 3542OT
IGN Top 25 - Gorges du Verdon - 3442 OT

Practical information

ACCESS TO THE STARTING POINT

Start of the hike in Moustiers St Marie.

BY TRAIN

From the SNCF train stations of Geneva, Grenoble, Nice and Marseille and then bus to Moustiers. https://www.moustiers.fr/fr/acces.

All train timetables should be checked with Sncf.

CLIMATE

Southern Alps, dry and hot in summer, sweet in automn and spring, but maybe with a violent wind: the Mistral.

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

Clothing

  • Hiking trousers
  • Shorts
  • 1 swimming costume
  • Breathable" or merino wool T-shirts
  • Breathable" or merino wool long johns
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Windbreaker or Goretex jacket
  • Rain cape + gaiters or Goretex trousers + a bag cape
  • A pair of gloves and a light hat
  • Hat or cap
  • Hiking socks (double layer, with loops...1 pair per day)
  • Hiking shoes already broken in and with well-spiked soles
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A change of shoes for the evening

Miscellaneous equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Towel (quick-drying, available in specialist shops)
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or thermos (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife and cutlery
  • An airtight plastic box as a plate for your picnics
  • Coffee cup
  • Small personal first aid kit (painkillers, bandages, etc.)
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp or torch
  • A sheet and a pillowcase (the gîtes provide blankets)
  • Two telescopic poles (highly recommended)
  • Valid identity card or passport

BACKPACK

A comfortable 30-40 litre rucksack for your day's belongings (warm clothing, rain cape, water bottle, picnic box and cutlery, sun protection and identity papers) and some space for a picnic and snacks.

MATERIAL

All the stuff is included in the price.

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