Exceptional lakes in Écrins and Queyras (Hautes-Alpes)

Duration : 5 days

France, Southern Alps

Level : easy, for any hiker

from 525 € / p. from 4 to 10 persons

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From the high granitic summits of the Écrins to the large colored pastures of the valley of the Fonts of Cervières, while passing by the hanging valley of Freissinières, the Briançonnais offers to the hiker a great variety of reliefs and landscapes to be visited.

It is this variety that I propose you to discover through five days of easy hiking, in five valleys with very different atmosphere. You will meet the highest peaks of Écrins, a hamlet at the end of the world, impressive glaciers and bucolic torrents, the Italian border and everywhere an exceptional flora and fauna in a preserved nature.

Accommodation in Vigneaux at the gateway to the Écrins Park in a comfortable and friendly cottage witj good home made cooking!


D1: Oule and Gardiole lakes.
A high departure will allow us to first climb to the top of the Gardiole at 2753m high to enjoy the magnificent view of the Écrins and the great glacier overlooking the valley of the Guisane. We will then descend on Oule and Barre lakes. On the way back we will cross a humid area of ​​altitude, rich and surprising environment where we will be able to make beautiful naturalistic meetings!
E+ / E-: 525m, 4h30 walk.

D2: The hamlet of Dormillouse and Fangeas Lake.
New day, new valley! Today, it is in the neighboring valley of Freissinière that we go hiking. The program of the day: an impressive waterfall, a beautiful larch, an idyllic lake, a small secret seaside and the only inhabited hamlet of the Écrins Park. If we add a valley to the tumultuous history, the day looks too short!
E+ / E-: 600m, 5h walk.

D3: The Orceyrette lake and the Ayes biological reserve.
In the middle of the week, it is always good to have a shorter day to rest your legs. Our day of rest will take us over Briançon to discover the beautiful Lake Orceyrette and the biological reserve of Bois des Ayes. Listed site, the valley is a refuge for a large number of plant and animal species that we will take the time to discover and observe. Return to the cottage in the middle of the afternoon.
E+ / E-: 300m, 3h walk.

D4: The White Glacier.
It is in the heart of the Écrins massif that we are going today. From the Pré de Madame Carle the atmosphere is in the high mountains: all the peaks around flirting with 4000m altitude! We climb towards the White Glacier which descends from the Barre des Écrins, the highest of them with 4102m high. An ephemeral lake reflecting the surrounding peaks, low-level vegetation at high altitude and breathtaking views of the glacier. The ideal conditions for a nap in the sun.
E+ / E-: 550m, 4h30 walk.

D5: Black Lake, SaraillesLake, Gignoux Lake.
The valley of the Fonts de Cervières is unlike any other. The gentle and grassy relief rises gently until reaching the border ridge with Italy. Here, red, yellow and black rocks, low rock vegetation and dry grass compete with the multitude of small lakes dotting the slope. The valley is a geological curiosity visited by specialists from around the world: a real dive in the heart of the alpine ocean!
Return to Briançon station for 5pm.
E+ / E-: 450m, 4h30 walk.

Appointment and separation at Briançon train station at 9:30am on day 1, at 5 pm on day 5.

NB: The program is given as an indication. The guide remains the only judge of the program that he can modify at any time, for security reasons or according to weather conditions, or in relation to the physical and technical level of hikers. The indications for the climbing and stage times are given for information only.

Level 2, discovery: you do not necessarily have experience in hiking or mountain but you have a physical fitness and you want an easy stay to enjoy the mountain. Hiking days from 4h to 5h walk with a maximum positive elevation of 600m. The pace is quiet but continuous and good breaks are planned during the day. The routes are mainly on good mountain trails or off-trail without difficulty. A day of rest is usually scheduled in the week (half-day walk).

The price includes

  • Supervision by the hiking guide
  • Bearing of his meals and overnight stays
  • Full board accommodation and reservation in lodge (picnic for lunch)
  • Roundtrip transfers to hiking departures

The price does not include

  • Snacks
  • Personal expenses: drinks, aperitif ...
  • Liability, repatriation and cancellation Insurance
  • Transport to the meeting place and from the place of separation


Accommodation in comfortable cottage in Vigneaux. Room from 4 to 6 people. Possibility of double room on request (with extra cost). Duvet provided. Hot shower. Home cooked meals of quality and based on local products. Picnic for lunch.

Next departures :

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

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