Hiking and bivouac in the Valgaudemar (Hautes-Alpes)

Duration : 4 days

France, Southern Alps

Level : difficult

from 376 € / p. from 4 to 6 persons

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If there is a wild and secluded place, it is this part of the  Écrins National Park on the borders of Valgaudemar. While being close to the refuge, the solitude is guaranteed. It is the assurance of meeting a preserved and authentic mountain almost exclusively crossed in summer by the numerous sheep and some shepherds...

This trekking in the Hautes-Alpes is for good hikers capable of making a daily effort for 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 a pretty high pass (at about 2592 meters) on an off-trail route will punctuate.

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


D1: From the Gioberney parking (1635m) to the Pigeonnier refuge (2416m).
Meeting at La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar at 8am where I will wait for you for the presentation of the stay, and the last adjustments of your backpack. Then, departure for your hike. Be ready and dressed for this first day!
We go up to the lake of Lauzon in which the Sirac is reflected then we go to see the Blue lake and beyond we join the refuge of the Pigeonnier where we install our bivouac.
Positive altitude difference: 950 meters, negative altitude difference: 150 meters, distance of 6,5km, 6 to 7 hours of walking.

D2: From the Pigeonnier refuge (2416m) to the Chabournéou refuge (2033m).
We go down towards the Vaccivier and the Gioberney valley before going up in the Tirière and Beaume Rousse mountain pastures. It is the paradise of chamois, eagles and griffon vultures.
D+: 850m, D-: 100m, distance of 13,50km, 7 to 8 hours of walking.

D3: From the Chabournéou refuge (2033m) to the Lavine hut (1944m).
We enjoy this day to the fullest, setting off on a route that takes us under the majestic Sirac before reaching the Vallonpierre hut. From there we take an off-trail route to the Lavine hut where we set up our bivouac.
D+: 800m, D-: 950m, distance of 10km, 6 to 7 hours walking.

D4: From the Lavine hut (1944m) to the Rif du Sap parking lot.
We leave on an itinerary that takes us back down to the Rif du Sapou where we find my vehicle in order to reach the parking lot of departure.
End of the stay and dispersion at the Gioberney parking lot around 3pm.
D+: 150m, D-: 650m , distance of 5km, 6 to 7 hours of 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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