The tour of Queyras (Hautes-Alpes)
Duration : 7 days
France, Southern Alps
Level : from intermadiate to difficult
from 757 € / p. from 4 to 7 personsInfos & Booking
A land of light, Provencal by its language, alpine by its relief, the Queyras massif will amaze you by its landscapes and its treasures.
All along this tour, you will cross the larches, cembro pines and hooked pines which make up the vegetation, as well as the numerous sundials where time is quietly ticking away. The Queyras Regional Park is also home to the highest villages in Europe nestled at an altitude of over 2000 meters, including the famous and picturesque Saint-Véran.
You can also follow me during the summer on other itineraries in the Alps, such as the full Mont Blanc tour or the Clarée tour with ascent of the Thabor.
D1: Ville Vieille - Ceillac.
For this first day of trekking, you cross Aigue Blanche then overhang the fortified village of Château Queyras. Through the passes of Pré Fromage and Fromage you discover the valley of Ceillac where the meadows and crops form a checkerboard of green shades around the village.
Positive altitude difference: 1000 meters, negative altitude difference: 750 meters, 7 hours of walking.
D2: Ceillac - Saint-Véran.
After leaving the village, you head towards the Estrongue pass to discover the Saint-Véran valley, the highest village of the trek. The descent takes place in the mountain pastures, where the rhododendron strips intertwine in the mélézin.
D+: 1200m, D-: 800m, 6.5 hours of walking.
D3: Saint-Véran - Col Agnel.
Today you walk through the hay meadows towards the Chapelle de Clausis. This chapel marks the entrance to the high valley. You cross the combe to the Chamoussière pass before going down to the Agnel refuge, a real haven of peace at the foot of the magnificent Pain de Sucre.
D+: 900m, D-: 400m, 6 hours of walking.
D4: Col Agnel - Ristolas.
You start the day with an ascent to the Col Vieux where you can admire all the valleys of the high Queyras and the Italian slopes leading to the grandiose Mont Viso, spectacular in its role of small Matterhorn. The descent passes under the immense slabs of the Taillante and you enjoy the high altitude lawns bordering the lakes of Foréant and Egorgéou which offer you all their charms.
D+: 250m, D-: 1150m, 5 hours of walking.
D5 : Ristolas - Abriès.
The morning ascent is done through the larches to reach the Peyra Plata ridge and then the Gilly ridge. The descent to Abries is done by a path in the middle of the forest.
D+ : 900m, D- : 1000m, 6 hours of walking.
D6: Abriès - Aiguilles.
Today, direction the abandoned hamlet of Malrif before continuing in the valley to reach the lake of Grand Laus and then the lake of Malrif. The view is panoramic on the Queyras, before going down on the north side to the gîte in Aiguilles.
D+: 1100m, D-: 1200m, 7 hours of walking.
D7: Aiguilles - Ville Vieille.
For this last day, the departure is quiet to reach the Pierre Fiche then Ville Vieille. Here you will be able to visit the Queyrassin handicraft grouping before the separation of the group.
D+: 400m, D-: 500m, 4 hours of walking.
The price includes
- Supervision by the mountain leader.
- Accommodation in refuges with breakfast, picnic and dinner.
- Daily transfer of luggage, limited to 6 kilos per person.
The price does not include
- Transport to Ville-Vieille, about an hour's drive from Briançon and 1h20 from Gap.
- Your picnic box (possibility of loan, please let me know)
- Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".
Lodge and refuge, in dormitory:
- D1: refuge des cimes in Ceillac.
- D2: Gabelous hut in Saint-Véran.
- D3: Agnel refuge at Agnel pass.
- D4: Monta hut in Ristolas.
- D5: l'Ancolie lodge in Abries.
- D6: gite la Petite Auberge in Aiguilles.
- To be confirmed