This is one great hiking program …
Follow us to the region of Hautes Alpes and we will reveal the well-kept secrets of this remote alpine valley. In the small and secluded village of Névache, the clear waters of the Clarée river meets the glacier fed turquoise blue waters of the Durance. Nearby forts and canons have long been abandoned by mountain infantries. Abandoned barbed wire fences have long been taken down and put away, to leave room to marmots, the new residents of the old war bunkers. Following outstanding trails and numerous off-trail routes, we will admire Barre des Ecrins and the Meije Peak, to only mention a few ! Beauty is everywhere, and for us to enjoy !
Sunday : CHAMONIX - NEVACHE - REFUGE DE BUFFERE
By minivan we transfer to the mountain village of Névache in the Clarée valley around lunch time. Then we check our packs thoroughly to make sure we carry the essentials for our hiking adventure, and make sure we don’t forget anything important. After leaving our big duffle bags in the bus, we hike along the Clarée mountain creek, already under the charm of the Clarée valley. Then we slowly gain altitude and reach Buffère mountain hut (2076m).
Up : 400 m
Monday : REFUGE DE BUFFERE - PORTE DE CRISTOL - NEVACHE
We are now in the Cerces range. Today’s program includes one summit and two mountain passes. We hike up to Buffère pass and then to the summit of Grand Aréa (2869m) to admire the magnificent view ! So many legendary summits are rising just in front of us : Les Agneaux, Mount Pelvoux, Barre des Ecrins. We have to leave this incredible panoramic view to hike down to Cristol pass and lake to take a rest and enjoy our picnic. Then we continue down towards Névache and meet our belongings at the Lame Campground.
Up : 790 m / Down : 880 m
Tuesday : NEVACHE - REFUGE RE MAGGI
For this easy day, we hike over the Thures pass (2194m) and eponymous alpine bowl. This pass is one of the trip lowest in altitude. If we feel like it we can climb to the summit of Aiguille Rouge (2645m) to enjoy an unforgettable view (500m higher !) Then we continue down into Vallée Etroite (the narrow valley). We are in France yet locals speak Italian ! In 1947 and after a few chaotic years, this valley was attached to France. Although located on French soil, the nearby hut still belongs to the Italian Alpine Club and local shepherds prefer to communicate in Italian.
Up : 1000 m / Down : 1100 m (Including the optional ascension)
Wednesday : REFUGE RE MAGGI - COL DU VALLON - NEVACHE
Today‘s hike leads us onto a rather rocky terrain. After leaving Refugio Re Maggi (the Wise Men, 1765m) and the surrounding Melchior, Gaspard and Balthazar peaks, we hike down into Vallon du Vallon and to Névache in the Clarée valley. We spend the night at the campground in the village of Foncouverte.
Up : 880 m / Down : 1045 m
Thursday : NEVACHE - COL DES BERAUDES - COL DE LA PONSONNIERE - PLAN LAVAL
This is a guide’s favorite ! 3 mountain passes are on the menu today, but the elevation gain between them is very small. The trail starts at the end of the Clarée valley. On the way up to Béraudes pass (2890m) we stop to admire the beautiful turquoise blue lake, before dropping into the Guisane valley, the home of Serre Chevalier ski resort. Then we hike up and over Ponsonnière pass (2613m) before hiking down and past 4 more mountain lakes !
Up : 800 m / Down : 920 m
Friday : NEVACHE
A hike in the morning will let us appreciate, one last time, the beauty of the Val Clarée before reaching Névache village. A visit and a small shopping will end this trip in the Cerces range. Back to Chamonix around 5 pm.
Up : 300 m / Down : 300 m
Depending on weather and terrain conditions, mountain leaders or guides may have to change program appropriately.
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2018 DATE : From Sunday to Friday. July 29th to August 3rd.
2018 PRICE : 650€ per child (7 children minimum)
The organization and supervision by State qualified trekking guide/s
Personal expenditure (souvenirs)
All nights and dinners during the trek
Personal repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The picnic lunches
All transfers during the trek
Luggage transportation throughout the trek
Bus transfer from Chamonix to Névache and back
- ID or valid passport.
- Authorization to leave the country
- Parental permission
- Having repatriation insurance is mandatory. Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
The tour leaders are part of an excellent team of guides accustomed to working with juniors.
ORGANIZATION : A minibus support, along the duration of the trip, takes care of the luggage daily, meaning the children carry only a light day back-pack.
The camp with 3/4 bed tents and a big tent for cooking, is already set up when children arrive at snack-time. The end of the day is filled with games, entertainment, and meal preparation until dinner time. Our meals are nutritionally balanced and we make provision for the children’s likes and preferences. Please tell us if your child has an allergy or follow a special diet.
LEVEL : 3/5 - Junior hike in the little Dolomites is a moderate trek. 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily, and 700 to 900m (2300 to 3000ft) of average vertical gain each day. Hiking on generally well-maintained mountain trails, sometimes including easy out-of-trail sections. For active people who don’t mind training to prepare for the hike. A great multiday hike for people with trekking experience.
ACCOMMODATION : 3 nights under tents in a campground and 2 in a mountain hut. Our camp is set with 3/4 people tents and a large group tent is used for meals and meetings.
GUIDING : Minimum 7 to maximum 14 children and 2 certified mountain leaders guiding the group.
MEETING POINT : At 8:00am at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix. An optional meeting with your trekking guide is arranged at 6pm the evening before departure at the Compagnie des Guides.
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.
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.
Please, feel free to contact Anaïs at the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.