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Mount Viso & Queyras Range

Mount Viso & Queyras Range
Number of days : 6
Price : On request

Known as “ the land of isolation and mystery” , the Queyras region is a remote mountain range , lost in the vastness of the alpine arc. Surrounded by a fortress of mountains, it is naturally protected and therefore not easy to get to, especially in the winter season.

Well-preserved secrets arouse curiosity. Wild alpine bowls, traditional villages, welcoming locals and an untouched natural environment are only a few good reasons to discover the region’s treasures ! Hiking through a larch pine forest until the ridge inevitably leads to a moment of pure delight : the view over Mount Viso, the Italian Piémont region’s jewel.

Hikers can expect marvelous landscapes in a magnificent environment. So get ready and follow us for a memorable adventure into alpine wilderness !

This destination is not scheduled for this summer, however :
If you're a group of friends, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !
Advantages : Exclusive guide - Choose your departure date - Flexibility all along the trip.

For any further information, please contact Déborah.

Day 1 : CHAMONIX - COL DU MONTGENÈVRE - LES FONDS DE CERVIÈRES
We meet in front of Maison de la Montagne at 6am and leave Chamonix for Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel. Later on we drive over Mongenèvre pass into France again. From Mont Genèvre (6 000ft) we hike towards Grande Colette and then Chenaillet (8 700ft). Later we hike down to the alpine bowl of Cervières and stop for the night at the Fonds de Cervières hut.
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 5 H 00

Day 2
: LES FONDS DE CERVIÈRES - L'ÉCHALP
We hike over Malrif pass (9 400ft) and into the Regional Queyras Wilderness Sanctuary. Along the way several look out points offer a great view of the surrounding peaks. We continue on to the charming alpine village of Abriès(5 050ft), where we enjoy a nice visit watered with well-deserved drinks!
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

Day 3 : L’ÉCHALP - REFUGE GIACOLETTI
After a short minivan transfer to the “fallen rock” parking area, we head out for a long yet gorgeous day. First the trail is gentle and easy, and soon climbs slowly up  Guil mountain creek. At the ravines we continue towards the French Alpine Club Viso hut(8 000ft). Only a few minutes later and after a few more steps we reach Porc pass (9 500ft), our highest point for the day. Below on the other side we can see Giacoletti hut with Mount Viso standing majestically in the background !
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 8 H 00

Day 4 :
REFUGE GIACOLETTI - REFUGE BAGNOUR
Another beautiful day, hiking under the jewel of the Piémont : Mount Viso reveals its dramatic, shear and vertical faces, elegantly dressed with thin, delicate ridges. From its 12 600ft Mount Viso arises like a king above all nearby mountains and valleys. The trail leads to Chiaretto lake (7 870ft). Then we gain altitude to reach Viso pass (8 700ft). We hike past Refugion Q. Sella, a frequent halt on the way “della cima”! We continue uphill to S.Chiaffredo pass (9 000ft), then Galliarinno pass. The Giro del Viso ( Viso trail) will lead us to the sub-peak of Mount Malta ( 9 800ft). Our long hiking day ends after a nice downhill hike to the Bagnour hut.
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 8 H 00

Day 5 :
REFUGE BAGNOUR - REFUGE AGNEL
The hike starts with a gorgeous section up the Vallante alpine bowl, to reach the hut. After a few minutes and additional efforts we reach a look out point giving way to an incredible feeling of satisfaction, while contempling the surroundings, the land we’ve just played on! Then we continue downhill and later arrive at the Agnel pass and hut, our halt for the night.
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 7 H 00

Day :
REFUGE AGNEL - ST VÉRAN
Today’s hiking adventure goes past Pic de Caramatran (9 900ft), Rocca Bianca, Tête des Toillies... The legendary welcoming and surprising Queyras region will conquer your heart. After a coffee or beer brake at the hut, we continue on to St Véran, the charming and emblematic village of the Queyras range. What a place to end our trek !
Up : 800m  /  Down : 1400m  /  Hiking Time : 6 H 30

For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.

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LEVEL : Mount Viso & Queyras Range hiking trip is a strenuous trek. 6 to 8 hours of hiking daily, and 800m to 1000m (2600ft to 3300ft) of average vertical gain each day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.

ACCOMMODATION : 5 nights in basic hotel or mountain hut (in dormitory). Luggage transportation and mini-van assistance along the trip.

GUIDING : Maximum 12 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.



MEETING PLACE : At 6H00 am
in front of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix on Day 1 (190, place de l'église, 74400 Chamonix). You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm. On last day, returning to Chamonix is expected early evening.
You can meet your party directly in Montgenèvre at 9h00.



No scheduled date for this summer.


PRICE :
Please contact Deborah at the Compagnie des Guides for a private departure.

Here's an example of our all-inclusive price per person :

INCLUDING

NOT INCLUDED

The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s

Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs …)

Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)

Repatriation insurance (mandatory)

The picnic lunches

 

Transportation throughout the trek

 

Luggage transportation throughout the trek

 


DOCUMENTATION :

- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).



EQUIPMENT :
See attached list.

INSURANCE :
Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a  liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD). 
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.



TRAINING :
Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.

CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air.  You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.



Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.

You are a private group, you can ask for a "private formula", and have your own guide !

ADVANTAGES :
- Exclusive guide

A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.

- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.

- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.

For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : deborah@chamonix-guides.com

MAISON DE LA MONTAGNE

190 place de l'Eglise
F 74400 CHAMONIX

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88
info@chamonix-guides.com