Hiking and bivouac around the Piniers (Hautes-Alpes)

Duration : 3 days

France, Southern Alps

Level : difficult

from 350 € / p. from 4 to 6 persons

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If there is a wild and secluded place, it is this part of the Ecrins National Park located on the borders of the Champsaur and the Fressinières valley. The solitude is guaranteed and there are few hikers. It is the insurance of the meeting of a preserved and authentic mountain almost exclusively traversed the summer by the numerous sheep and some shepherds...

This hike is for good walkers capable of making a daily effort of about 8 hours. The solitude of the place, the difference in altitude and the length of the itinerary make it a long-distance hike that will be punctuated by a nice pass (at about 2700 meters) and a summit (at 3008m).

Do you like hiking with bivouac? Why not also discover the Champsaur valley or the Taillefer massif this way?


D1: From Prapic (1550m) to the Chichin hut (2250m).
Meeting in Prapic at 8am where I will wait for you for the presentation of the trip and the last adjustments of your backpack. Then, departure for the hike. Be ready and dressed for this first day!
We cross the picturesque village of Prapic to start a climb towards the first lake of the day (lac des Pisses) then after a crossing we arrive towards the lakes of Orcières. A last climb towards the Freissinières pass allows us to reach the Lauzeron lake where we set up our bivouac.
Positive altitude difference: 1400 meters, negative altitude difference: 650 meters, distance of 15km, 6 to 7 hours of walking.

D2: From the Chichin hut (2250m) to the Faravel hut (2204m).
We descend today in the direction of the village of Dormillouse and then head towards the lakes of Palluel and Faravel, jewels of the Écrins National Park. We take our time through the mountain pastures and maybe dip our feet in one of the lakes.
D+: 750m, D-: 800m, distance of 13km, 5 to 6 hours of walking.

D3 : From the Faravel hut (2204m) to Prapic (1550m).
We take full advantage of this last day by going on an off-trail itinerary to reach the summit of Tuba (3008m) then we walk on the ridges and go down to the Laire jump and Prapic.
End of the trip and dispersion in Prapic around 5 pm.
D+: 750m, D-: 1470m, distance of 15km, 7 to 8 hours walking.

Important: Depending on the weather or for any other reason beyond my control, I may have to modify this program exceptionally. My local presence in the heart of the Champsaur and the Écrins allows me to respond as well as possible to these constraints without harming the interest of your stay.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • The ultra-light 2-seater tent, with sleeping bag, ground mattress and sleeping bag.
  • The kitchen kit: pan + stove + gas.
  • If you have your own equipment (stove, tent, comforter, mattress) and you want to bring it, please inform me when you register.

The price does not include

  • Transport to and from the meeting place.
  • Your individual dishes (bowl + glass + cutlery, preferable folding dishes).
  • An airtight box if needed for picnics.
  • Snacks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


  • 2-seater tent.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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