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Vercors Nordic Route

Vercors Nordic Route
Technical Level 5  
Number of days : 5
Price : 650€

The Great Vercors Traverse (GTV)

Located in the French Alps this snowshoe tour starts at the very northern part of the Drôme region, on high plateau of Vercors. During 5 days, live an extraordinary experience across the northern part of the largest natural park in continental France. If it were not for some very old and isolated stone buildings, there would be no sign of the presence of man. Snow covered nature and the presence of Nordic wildlife strangely remind us of Lapland.

Hiking a large section of the Great Vercors Traverse (GTV) is a good training to complete the GTV in winter conditions someday. It is a great way to prepare for future winter treks in Nordic regions.

 

For any further information, feel free to contact Anaïs +33 4 50 53 00 88 or by email: anais@chamonix-guides.com

Day 1 : Arrival in Corrençon-en-Vercors later in the afternoon and settle in our hotel. After enjoying a nice dinner, we check our equipment and load up our gear sleds. 

Day 2 : Col du Rousset - Combe Mâle                                     Elevation gain : 1 320ft , Loss of altitude : 960ft.
We transfer to Col du Rousset road pass and start our snowshoe adventure with a progressive uphill section through the forest until we reach the high plateau. Vultures are commonly seen along the mountain ridges, where they like to play in the hot air pockets. After a short downhill, we reach Pas des Econdus and enter to the natural park. We still have to hike uphill for a while to get to the clearing of Combe Mâle, where we set up our bivouac for the night.
                                                                

Day 3 : Combe Mâle - Pas des Chattons                              Elevation gain : 1 000ft , Loss of altitude : 660ft.
As we continue across the high plateau, we can admire Grand Veymont (7730ft), the highest peak in the Vercors range. Our hike lead us to a large alpine meadow of Grande Cabane. We stop to look at the imposing west face of Grand Veymont just above. The terrain is ideal to set up the camp. Later on we will enjoy a light packed hike to access the alpine saddle of Pas des Chattons, a great belvedere with a panoramic view of Mont Aiguille and the Ecrins range.

Day 4 : Pas des Chattons – Jasse du Play                                  Elevation gain : 660ft , Loss of altitude : 660ft.
Our great traverse continues across snowy clearings and through forests of spruce and alpine pine trees.  As time goes by, Grand Veymont becomes smaller in the distance. Other summits and ridges form an endless alpine landscape. We start another uphill at Jasse de la Chaux spring, which leads us to Cabane de la Jasse du Play. 


Day 5
: Jasse du Play – Jas de la plume                              Elevation gain : 1 000ft , Loss of altitude : 1 000ft.
Our day starts with a beautiful descent through the forest, followed by a short but steep climb up to the small plateau. Fortunately, our gear sleds are easier to pull after getting rid of food and water during the previous days. In this area, there is no sign of human presence, only footprints of animal and a peaceful silence. We continue uphill to Plaine de Tiolache, and start a very nice descent into the Erges canyon. We set up our camp for the night at the end of the canyon in the clearing of Jas de la Plume.  

Day 6 : Jas de la plume – Corrençon en Vercors                 Elevation gain : 1 000ft , Loss of altitude : 1 000ft.
From our campsite we soon reach the large and inviting Dardoubouse alpine prairie. In winter this large area is often filled with morning haze, which contributes to a spooky atmosphere. After a last steep climb, and a regular downhill section through the forest, we reach the Carette cabin and the northern tip of the national park. We soon slide our gear sleds on the cross-country tracks heading to Corrençon-en-Vercors. Our tour ends around 3:00pm.

 

Important : guides and leaders may have to adapt program and hiking route to weather/ terrain conditions and according to group hiking skills.


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More pictures on our Blog :
Un voyage hors du temps

Important :
Estimated hiking time are based on a 825ft uphill, 1 650ft downhill progression per hour, covering an average distance of 2 miles. Average hiking times do not include lunch and view admiring breaks. Progression rythm for snowshoeing depends on snow quality, visibility and hikers' skills.

Date: Sunday to Friday, March 12th to 16th.

Price : 650€ per person (groups starts at 5).

 Including:
-  Mountain Leader guiding service
-  Half-board accommodation
-  Picnic lunches
-  Camping equipment, gear sleds
-  Snowshoe, pole, avalanche beacon, probe, shovel rental
-  Shuttles and van assistance

Not including:
-  Drinks and personal expense (souvenirs…)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)


Documentation
 :
-  ID or valid passport.
Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
Individual insurance covering mountain activities is also recommended as a complementary insurance.

LEVEL 5/5 : Strenuous and challenging trek. For very active and well-trained people with a solid snowshoeing or hiking experience.
5 days, with 4 to 6 hours hike per day, pulling our gear sleds and carrying a backpack.
Setting up the camp takes approximately 1H30, or more depending on weather and snow conditions.

We recommend participants to be in good physical condition and quality of outdoor equipment are necessary. Our snowshoe overnight activity is a good way to prepare for this trip. Snowshoeing and/or summer hiking experience are highly recommended.

ACCOMMODATION : 1 night in dormitory in a mountain inn, 3 nights under the tent, 1 night in a shelter.

GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 5 (min) to 8 people (max). The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the most restrictive in the mountain guiding industry.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.


MEETING PLACE : At 5pm, on Sunday in Corrençon en Vercors.



EQUIPMENT :
  See attached list

INSURANCE : Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
Individual insurance covering mountain activities is also recommended as a complementary 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.

If you already have a group we can organize for you a private tour with your own mountain leader !

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 Anaïs :
Tel : +33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 or E-mail : anais@chamonix-guides.com

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190 place de l'Eglise
F 74400 CHAMONIX

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88
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