Hiking: day-rides on the Vercors balconies (Drôme)

Duration : 6 days

France, Northern Alps, Southern Alps

Level : moderate: reasonable altitude differences, good physical fitness

from 695 € / p. from 4 to 12 persons

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Description

I propose you a cocktail of the most beautiful hikes of Haut-Diois and South Vercors: the sumptuous circus of Archiane and the bucolic valley of Combeau, the amazing lollipops of Borne, the high-plateaux and their natural reserve and finally the Trièves with the spectacular Mont-Aiguille.

You will discover a very endearing region away from major tourist routes. Lavender scents and pine forests, picturesque villages, unknown but worthwhile vineyards, and a well preserved flora and fauna thanks to the creation of a nature reserve.

You will be accommodated at ** Hotel Mont Barral admirably situated on the foothills of the plateau, and offering a large swimming pool, sauna, billiards, tennis, massages and fine dining. All meals are homemade with local and seasonal products.

Program

D1: Die - The Nonnières (850 m).
Welcome at Die station at 5pm. Transfer to the Nonnières then installation at the Mont Barral hotel.

D2: Circus of Archiane (1100 m).
Warm-up day in the circus of Archiane. Discovery of this fabulous place (high place of rock climbing of the 1960s and classified site) where ibexes were reintroduced in 1989. Educational trail, waterfalls, caves of Tournières, observation of nests of vultures and golden eagles ...
4h walk, climb and descent of 400 m.

D3: Mount Barral (1903 m).
Ascent of Mont-Barral dominating the town and giving its name to our hotel. The views are beautiful on the massifs of Oisans and Dévoluy. The route takes place on the ridge that separates the Drôme de l'Isère. Descent by the crest and the neck of Jiboui in beautiful pastures flower and occupied by transhumance sheep.
5h walk, climb and descent of 500 m.

D4: Valley of Combeau (1951 m).
The Valley of Combeau is especially famous for its exceptional flora. In any season, it is good to walk there and it is at the same time traversed by the families in search of a beautiful place of picnic as by the experienced hikers who want to discover the particular atmosphere of the high-plateaux of Vercors . We will probably go up to Tête Chevalière, spectacular lookout on the Mont-Aiguille, emblematic summit of the Vercors.
5 to 6 hours of walking, ascent and descent of 600 m.

D5: Font d'Urle plateau (1651 m).
We are moving away this time from our base camp to discover the western part of the Vercors. Transfer from 1h30 to Vassieux-en-Vercors. Hiking on the plateau of Font d'Urle, a vast karst plateau. Partial tour of the interpretation trail on the theme of geology and ascent of Puy de la Gagère overlooking the valley of Quint and Diois, and home to chamois and mouflons. You can, as an option, visit the Museum of Resistance. Return to the Nonnières via Die for the visit and a tasting of the Clairette de Die at the Jaillance winery.
4h walk, climb and descent of 400 m.

D6: Borne's lollipops.
Hiking to lollipops of Borne, geological curiosities, and the refuge of the Tower, beautiful place at the foot of the Montagne de Bellemotte. Guided tour of the medieval village of Châtillon-en-Diois by a "country guide" and biodynamic wine tasting at the Domaine de Maupas.
4 hours of walking, ascent and descent of 500 m.
Return to Die station and separation at 5pm.

The price includes

  • Half-board accommodation (double room basis) at Mont Barral Hotel
  • Midday picnics
  • Supervision by the hiking guide throughout the week
  • Transfers by minibus
  • The visit of Châtillon-en-Diois by a "country guide"
  • The visits and tastings of the winery Jaillance (Clairette) in Die and the Domaine de Maupas (vineyard of Jérôme Cayol) in Châtillon-en-Diois

The price does not include

  • Drinks
  • Short internal transfers of D2, D3, D4 and D6 made with personal vehicles
  • "Assistance / cancellation / interruption of stay" insurance (3.65% of the price of the stay)
  • Any massages offered by the hotel du Mont Barral
  • Other museum visits (Resistance, Prehistory, Die ...)

Accommodation

Mont Barral Hotel in Treschenu-Creyers

Next departures :
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