Tour of Clarée and Mont Thabor climb (Hautes-Alpes)

Duration : 7 days

France, Southern Alps

Level : from intermediate to advanced

from 810 € / p. from 3 to 5 persons

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I propose you to come to the Hautes-Alpes to discover one of the most beautiful alpine valleys by the beauty of its landscapes and the multitudes of lakes that it conceals.

North of Briançon, this 7 day itinerary goes from hut to hut to survey the Clarée valley and to climb Mont Thabor.

You can also follow me during the summer on other itineraries in the Alps, such as the full Mont Blanc tour or the Queyras tour.


D1: Névache - Cristol lake - Buffère hut.
We start by going up in the larch forests to reach the Cristol lake where we will have a break before reaching the Buffère chalets to spend the night.
Positive altitude difference: 770 meters, negative altitude difference: 300 meters, 5.5 hours of walking.

D2: Buffère hut - Chardonnet hut.
Direction the Buffère pass to go to the Serre Chevalier valley. We go around the Tête Noire to pass the Roche Noire pass and reach the Chardonnet hut.
D+: 950m, D-: 800m, 6.5 hours of walking.

D3: Chardonnet hut - Ricou hut.
We start the day with a descent then we go up to the refuge of Ricou. From there, we go to the Laramon and Serpent lakes. The most courageous will be able to go to the summit of the Pic du Lac Blanc at 2980 meters of altitude.
D+: 1100m, D-: 1200m, 7 hours of walking.

D4: Ricou hut - Culla lake - Drayères hut.
Easier day on a balcony trail with a small detour to the Culla lake before reaching the Drayères hut.
D+: 500m, D-: 450m, 4 hours of walking.

D5: Drayères hut - Mont Thabor - Thabor hut.
The main stage of the tour takes us to the highest point of the trip: the Mont Thabor at 3178 meters of altitude. After having enjoyed the magnificent panorama we go down to the Thabor refuge.
D+: 1200m, D-: 870m, 7h30 of walking.

D6: Thabor hut - I Re Maggi hut.
The day is easier with a nice descent to the barns of the narrow valley without forgetting the passage to the green lake. Then we will reach the I Re Maggi hut.
D+: 40m, D-: 750m, 3 hours of walking.

D7: I Re Maggi hut - Névache.
Last day of walking to reach the old mines of Blanchet then the pass of the valley before going down in this quite wild valley and going back to Névache.
D+: 900m, D-: 1050m, 6.5 hours of walking.

The price includes

  • Supervision by a mountain leader.
  • Half-board accommodation in the huts.
  • Picnics for lunch.

The price does not include

  • Transport to Névache, 30 minute drive from Briançon (possibility to pick you up at the train station in Briançon).
  • Picnic on the first day.
  • Snacks.
  • Drinks.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".


Mountain huts.

Next departures :

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

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