“It is a bright and sunny territory, where one will hike in solitude, for days, to harmoniously find peace and quietness.” Jean Giono
With this firm favourite program, we invite you to discover outstanding landscapes in the heart of the Southern Alps. A unique hiking destination, that will leave you with unforgettable memories. We have selected the best hikes and chosen the most beautiful trails to discover this picturesque region.
The Briançonnais region : It is where the Southern Alps begin, at the foot of the Ecrins in the Oisans range. Nature here reminds us of the Provence region. It displays a colourful alpine landscape with shades of earthy browns, greys and whites, and desolate-looking peaks, often covered in glittering icecaps.
The Queyras region : Nestled at the foot of Mount Viso it is remote, yet famous for its Regional wildlife sanctuary, picturesque villages and a rich and welcoming mountain heritage.
The Ubaye range : It is where it all began, a place where the greatest landscapes can be found. “This Land shows Nature’s harmony with grace and simplicity, genuinely a doorstep into the world of wisdom and a long lasting harmony “. Jean Giono.
Group transfers, luggage transportation and lunches are taken care of by our mountain leader team. Our assistance minivan is driven by a mountain leader all along the hike. Bring just your hiking essentials and fully enjoy the hike!
Day 1 : CHAMONIX - COL DU MONTGENÈVRE LE BRIANÇONNAIS
We leave Chamonix early in the morning : we meet the group and leader in front of Maison de la Montagne at 6am, to take the direction of Italy, via the Mont-Blanc tunnel. The road brings us back to France a while later, at Montgenèvre (1850m) where our hiking adventure begins. From the top of the Chalmettes gondola, we hike towards a geologically peculiar summit, Mont Chenaillet (2650m). It is the ideal belvedere to admire the valleys of the Briançonnais region. Then we follow a beautiful trail down to the Cervières alpine bowl, and reach our mountain inn at the hamlet of Les Fonds.
Up : 450m / Down : 800m / Hiking time : 4 H 30
Day 2 : LES FONDS DE CERVIÈRES - ABRIÈS
We head out to Malrif pass (2866m) in order to step into the Queyras regional wildlife sanctuary. From the pass, Le Grand Glaiza (3293m), the 4th highest summit in the reserve, remains a hiking possibility. Then we follow a shoulder from the pass until we reach the grassy hillside at the base of our imposing goal. From the summit, we can admire the Ecrins range, Aiguilles d’Arves, Mont Viso and Bric Froid. The view is absolutely spectacular! Then we hike down towards the village of Aiguilles, via the Malrif lakes and the Lombard sheep farm. We spend the night at the mountain inn of La Monta.
Up : 865 to 1260m / Down : 850 to 1310m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30 to 7 H 00
Day 3 : L'ÉCHALP - SAINT VÉRAN LE QUEYRAS
After a short transfer with our minivan, we start hiking on the GR58 (the Great Hiking Trail around the Queyras range). We hike up the beautiful Bouchouse alpine meadows and bowl, where 3 lakes invite us to take a break and admire the surrounding landscapes such as the Taillante ridge and Sugar Loaf, not so hard to reach for some of us with more energy to waste! Mount Viso has never looked so close. After a short descent, the trail leads to Agnel hut. From there we transfer by minivan to the famous village of St Véran (2042m) where we stay for the night.
Up : 1100 to 1500m / Down : 230m / Hiking Time : 4 H 30 to 6 H 00
Day 4 : CHAPELLE DU CLAUSIS - FOUILLOUSE LA HAUTE UBAYE
We leave the charming village of St Véran with the minibus shuttling to the Clausis chapel. Once in the Alpine valley of La Blanche, just below Tête de Toillies, we head out towards La Noire mountain pass (2955m) to leave the Queyras range and enter the region of Haute Ubaye. The surrounding mountains and valleys are fairly unknown to hikers, yet their attraction is so real! We hike down the long Longet valley until we reach the hamlet of Maljasset. We ride our minivan to the beautiful hamlet of Fouillouse.
Up : 555m / Down : 1050m / Hiking Time : 6 H 00
Day 5 : FOUILLOUSE - SAINT OURS
It is such an incredibly beautiful landscape! Mount Chambeyron is truly imposing, and yet smells of the Provence region fill the air around us! Today’s hike takes us to the mountain pass of Vallonnet (2550m) leading further to the South! Then we continue to the mountain pass of Mallemort (2458m) and to La Batterie de Viraysse. Ruins and fortresses from the Maginot line and WWII days are not rare, proving the military strategic importance of the area, located between the regions of Piémont, Savoie and Provence. We spend the night at St Ours.
Up : 1000m / Down : 1000m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 6 : VALLON DU LAUZANIER
After a short transfer to Col de Larche (1950m), we start hiking up the beautiful alpine valley of Orronaye. Once at the base of Moise head, we hike over our last mountain pass, Roburent (2502m). This high alpine bowl is a gem! Far in the arising we can already get a glimpse of the Southern Alps and Mercantour range, where another adventure begins …
Up : 550m / Down : 800m / Hiking Time : 4 H 30
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2018 DATES : Sunday to Friday. June 24th to 29th - July 12th to 17th
2018 PRICES : (6 people minimum)
- Light Pack version : 810€ per person, nights in dormitory.
Guiding service and organization
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board in mountain hut and inn
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Transportation throughout the trek
Transfer from Chamonix and back
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation.
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 6 to 10 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- We prepare lunch packs with local products
- A minibus “Cie” dedicated to our group all along the trek
LEVEL : 3/5 - Southern Alps hiking trip is a moderate trek. A minimum of 700m (2350ft) vertical gain and about 5 to 7 hours of hiking daily. 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 : Nights in a mountain hut and inns. Access to your luggage every day.
- Light Pack version : 5 nights in dormitory.
GUIDING : Maximum 10 people per guide. For maximum safety and quality guiding.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
MEETING PLACE : At 6:30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list. In additionnal : cleaning towel, swimsuit, torch lamp.
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 Anaïs at the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- 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 4 50 53 00 88 or Email : email@example.com