Crossing the Vercors snowshoeing (Isère, Drôme)

Duration : 6 days

France, Northern Alps, Southern Alps

Level : good hiker (700m of positive elevation and 6h30 walking per day)

from 835 € / p. from 6 to 12 persons

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Description

I'd like to propose a 6-day snowshoe trek across the Vercors massif, suitable for good walkers.

Departing from Corrençon-en-Vercors, you'll head for the limestone ridges of Die region through the Vercors Regional Conservation Area.

Accommodation in comfortable lodges allows you to take a breather and spend convivial evenings with your feet under the table! Porterage is limited to daily essentials.

The best part of this tour: in the heart of the Hauts Plateaux Conservation Area you'll spend your last night in a warm and cosy old sheepfold.

Program

D1: Die - Corrençon-en-Vercors (1150m) - Auberge de Roybon (1300m).
Welcome at 11:30 am at Die station, then transfer to Corrençon-en-Vercors.
With snowshoes on our feet, we hike up to the Pas de la Sambue and across the Herbouilly plain. First glimpses of the Hauts Plateaux, alternating between open hay meadows and forest ridges. Our first gîte accommodation is particularly well situated.
Walking time: 3 hours, altitude gain: 400 m, altitude loss: 200 m.

D2: Auberge de Roybon - La Chapelle-en-Vercors (900m).
Heading south, the Darbounouse clearing, the hay meadow of the farmers below, offers us the intimacy of the Hauts Plateaux and the Nature Reserve. Hidden away on its slopes, Pot du Play allows us to snowshoe back to the valley of La Chapelle-en-Vercors and our welcoming hotel.
Walking time: 5h30, D+: 400m, D-: 850m.

D3: La Chapelle-en-Vercors - Vassieux-en-Vercors (1100m).
A short morning transfer takes us to the karst plateau of Font-d'Urle. As its name suggests, conditions here can be particularly difficult in bad weather. A ridge route offers splendid views over the Quint valley, and the ascent of Puy de la Gagère takes us to the Vassieux plateau, where we spend the night in a gîte.
Walking time: 4h30. D+: 300m, D-: 600m.

D4: Vassieux-en-Vercors - Col du Rousset (1250 m).
The cliffs of the southern Vercors plunge into the Clairette de Die region. Over the Col de Chironne, a summer pasture, the panorama takes us all the way to the Ventoux, and the natural Col de Rousset gives us access to the small family resort of the same name. We spend the night in a family guesthouse.
Walking time: 5h30, D+: 650m, D-: 450m.

D5: Col du Rousset - Chaumailloux (1650m).
A short transfer takes us to the crests of the Beure plateau and into the Nature Reserve. The multitude of itineraries allows us to progress on snowshoes through some of the wildest parts of the Hauts-Plateaux, with the Dévoluy massif, the Alps and Mont-Aiguille as a backdrop! We spend the evening in the old Chaumailloux sheepfold. Waking up in these landscapes takes us back to the days of the trappers!
Walking time: 6h, D+: 750m, D-: 600m.
Night in unguarded refuge (no running water, dry toilets).

D6: Chaumailloux - Combeau (1400m).
The Vallon de Combeau, the final destination of our snowshoe trek, can once again be approached via a variety of paths, and the feeling of isolation and unspoilt nature doesn't end until we reach the Auberge de Combeau.
Walking time: 5h, D+: 400m, D-: 650m.
Transfer to Die station. Separation at 5pm.

Snow conditions on the Vercors traverse vary throughout the winter and are unpredictable. The walking times given above may be longer, depending on the quantity and quality of the snow. Should the snow fail, we'll still be able to start this tour, as we're hikers first and foremost, and the landscapes of the Hauts Plateaux remain splendid in the winter light. In that case, you'll have to wear snowshoes for a while, or do without them sometimes... So make sure you have walking shoes in very good condition.

The price includes

  • All transfers.
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodgings, in small dormitories except on D5 (less comfort).
  • Full board for the entire circuit.
  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • Baggage transfer.
  • Loan of snowshoes and hiking poles if necessary.

The price does not include

  • Drinks.
  • Vercors Escapade assistance/cancellation insurance unless you have your own insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".

Accommodation

  • In inn, hotel and former sheepfold.
Next departures :
  • Confirmed
  • To be confirmed
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