Hiking with donkeys in the Valbonnais (Écrins)

Duration : 3 days

France, Northern Alps

Level : easy, adapted to children from 7 years old, 4 to 5h of walking and 300m of positive elevation max per day

from 350 € / p. from 5 to 12 persons

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Go in Isère for a trek at the pace of the donkey, between the canals and villages of the Valbonnais, in the Écrins National Park.

What a wonderful companion the donkey is! It will make you live an unforgettable experience of walking, to be shared with your children and friends.

Indeed, your big-ears companion, carrying your luggage, gives you time to discover the natural mountain environment.

3 days of roaming and 2 nights in a cottage await you for this trekking at the step of the donkey. The hike takes place gently in the Valbonnais valley, gateway to the "Écrins National Park", to take the time to discover nature, agricultural life and the local architectural heritage. You will walk along the Beaumont canal and the Malsanne torrent, observing superb waterfalls, in a wild and bewitching valley at the end of the world.


D1: Hike from Valbonnais to the Daurens.
Once our donkeys are packed, departure from Valbonnais for the village of Perrier along the old irrigation canal of the plain of Valbonnais. From Le Perrier we will join the Daurens and the "Boussole" cottage, where we will spend the night.
Distance of 12km and 180m of positive difference in altitude.

D2 : Getaway to the Col d'Ornon from Les Daurens.
Day of visit of the waterfalls which go down the immense face of the Armet, while joining the col d'Ornon by the transhumance paths. Return by the agricultural paths that link the small hamlets of the Malsanne valley.
Distance of 10km and 380m of ascent.

D3 : Hike from Daurens to Valbonnais by Entraigues.
Downhill or flat walk in the Malsanne valley, along the impressive rocky walls of the Grand Armet chain. We will reach Entraigues via the many hamlets of the Malsanne valley. We will stop to visit the house of the Ecrins National Park and then we will reach Valbonnais by crossing the covered bridge of Les Fayettes.
Distance of 12km, 180m of negative and 80m of positive altitude difference.

I reserve the right to modify this program at any time according to the weather conditions and physical abilities of the participants, as well as the availability of accommodation. I remain the sole judge of the program.

The price includes

  • Accommodation: night in a collective cottage with full board from dinner on day 1 to the picnic lunch on day 3.
  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • The rental of the donkey.

The price does not include

  • Drinks and other personal expenses.
  • Transport.
  • Cancellation and interruption of stay insurance.
  • Picnic of D1.
  • Eventual early return to the starting point of the hike will be at your expense.
  • Anything not mentioned in the section "The price includes".


Next departures :

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

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