Hiking in the gorges and on the peaks of Verdon

Duration : 5 days

France, Southern Alps

Level : intermediate

from 645 € / p. from 4 to 10 persons

Infos & Booking

Description

First reliefs above the plain of Provence, Verdon is best known for its small villages and its monumental gorges, a veritable canyon of several kilometers long, more than 700m deep and traversed by famous path with evocative passages: White-Martel named in honor of its explorers then Imbut and Styx, river of hell of the Greek mythology.

But Verdon is also wild and very little traveled summits, the essence of Haute-Provence, hanging grassy plateaux surrounded by cliffs and lavender, overflown by the newly reintroduced vultures. From above, the view takes you to the great peaks of the Alps and sometimes to the sea... Thanks to the observatory refuge perched on one of them that will welcome us for one night it will carry even to the stars!

Program

D1: Ridge of Issioule.
Above Sainte-Croix Lake with opaline waters, the first reliefs of the pre-Alps in which the gorges are dug offer a superb belvedere. This is the first contact with the vegetation and the typical relief of Verdon: oak forest, coppice of boxwood, lavender and limestone in all its forms, triptych that will accompany you all week long. From the peaks the panorama is sublime on the lake and the plain below, the peaks behind and above the first vultures ... A beautiful set atmosphere.
Positive elevation: 600m, negative elevation: 600m, 4h30 walk.

D2: Blanc-Martel trail.
It is surely the most famous trail of the gorges. Named in honor of the first explorers to have realized in 1905 the complete course of the gorges, it was then arranged in the thirties by the "Touring Club de France". Starting from the Sublime Point, it crosses the first fifteen kilometers of the canyon by crossing some natural obstacles without difficulties but which make the charm of the course: tunnels, ladders, footbridge ...
E+: 600m, E-: 300m, 5h30 walk.

D3: Imbut trail.
After Blanc-Martel path, it is time to go deeper into the heart of the canyon to discover  Styx and Imbut for the most beautiful but also the most technical hiking in Verdon. The atmosphere is always impressive and the hike full of surprises in one of the narrowest passage of the gorges where the blue of the water contrasts with the gray of the rock. Some wired passages without difficulties will spice up our day.
E+: 400m, E-: 400m, 4h30 walk.

D4: Summit of Chiran and its observatory.
It is on the old Roman road that you will begin our mini raid of two days on the summits. By a regular climb through the brooms returning to land abandoned by agriculture, we will join the portal of Blieux, a large pass that opens on Cheval Blanc and Estrop mountains further north. You will then climb the last slopes to reach the peaks of Chiran, its summit with the exceptional view and its refuge-observatory.
Overnight at the refuge-observatoire du Chiran, astronomy evening and star gazing if conditions are OK.
E+: 950m, E-: 150m, 5h walk.

D5: Ridges of Mourre de Chanier.
After a panoramic sunrise for the bravest, a clever passage will allow you to reach the peaks and the summit of Mourre de Chanier overlooking the region from the top of its 1930m. Unique atmosphere between earth and sky to end the week in style!
Return without difficulty to our point of departure by old mule tracks.
End of the day at 5pm in La Palud-sur-Verdon.
E+: 350m, E-: 800m, 5h walk.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the hiking guide
  • Meals and overnight stays of the guide
  • Accommodation and reservation in cottages or mountain huts, full board (picnic for lunch).
  • Stargazing evening animated by an astronomer at the Chiran observatory hut

The price does not include

  • Snacks
  • Personal expenses: drinks, aperitif ...
  • Liability, repatriation and cancellation insurance
  • Transport

Accommodation

Accommodation in mountain refuge and cottage. Comfortable dorms, duvets or blankets provided, hot showers at Chalet de la Maline. More simple accommodation at the Chiran observatory refuge, no shower. Meals cooked by the hut keeper. Picnic for lunch.

Next departures :

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

Infos & Booking