Dévoluy tour with bivouac (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 mountain on the edge of the Dévoluy massif in the Hautes-Alpes. The solitude is guaranteed, however it is the meeting of a preserved and authentic mineral 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 demanding long-distance hike that will be punctuated by an emblematic summit (at 2709 meters of altitude).


D1: From Superdévoluy (1635m) to the forest hut of Sauvas (1360m).
Meeting at the Festre pass at 7.30am where I 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 and with your first day picnic!
We go up to the pass of Rabou then we join Sauvas by passing in the southern side of the Pic de Bure where we install our bivouac.
Positive altitude difference: 1000 meters, negative altitude difference: 1130 meters, distance of 22km, 7 to 8 hours of walking.

D2: From the Sauvas forest hut (1360m) to the Festre pass (1434m).
We go up through the combe d'Aurouze towards the Pic de bure at 2709 meters then we cross the plateau with the parabolas of the observatory to go down towards the Joue du Loup and the col du Festre where we set up the bivouac.
D+: 1400m, D-: 1300m, distance of 18km, 7 to 8 hours walking.

D3: From the Festre pass (1434m) to the Lauzeron lake (1939m).
We enjoy this day to the fullest, setting off on an itinerary that will take us into the Drôme and then up to the Lauzeron lake where we will set up the bivouac.
D+: 1000m, D-: 850m, distance of 11km, 6 to 7 hours walking.

D4: From the Lauzeron lake (1939m) to the Superdévoluy parking (1635m).
We leave in the direction of the Charnier pass (2105m) to go back down in the Charnier valley and we cross the Dévoluy to reach the departure parking.
End of the stay and dispersion at the departure parking around 5pm.
D+: 550m, D-: 1000m, distance of 15km, 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, dish, bowl, glass, cutlery.
  • 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 at the col du Festre in the Hautes-Alpes.
  • A knife.
  • 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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