Hiking with donkeys around the Taillefer (Isère)

Duration : 5 days

France, Northern Alps

Level : moderate, adapted to children from 9 years old, 6 hours of wakling and 600m of positive elevation per day

from 550 € / p. from 5 to 12 persons

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What a wonderful companion the donkey is! He 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.

5 days of walking and 4 nights in cottage or refuge await you for this trekking in Isère, at the pace of the donkey, through the valleys and plateau of a little-known sector of the Écrins National Park. It is a varied route, meeting the hamlets and their inhabitants, and a very diversified flora and fauna. The crossing of the Taillefer plateau, an immense high altitude "tundra" dotted with lakes and peat bogs where sheep and horses live side by side, offers unforgettable views of the Écrins.


D1: From Valbonnais to the farm of Rif Bruyant.
Once our donkeys are packed, departure from Lou Pa de l'Aze to Valbonnais, by the path that leads to the Plan Collet pass and its beautiful viewpoint on the surrounding massifs (Écrins, Beaumont, Dévoluy). Then we will go back down to the village of Oris-en-Rattier, in the Roizonne valley, to reach the farms of Rif Bruyant where we will spend the night.

D2: From the Rif Bruyant to the Alpe du Grand Serre.
Our itinerary will go up the valley following the Roizonne river and, through the flowered paths, we will walk from hamlets to villages. We will meet the farmers who have shaped these landscapes.
Night in a lodge in Alpe du Grand Serre.

D3: From Alpe du Grand Serre to the Taillefer refuge.
Departure in the forest, by a path dotted with lakes with Canadian paces. Then by the chalets of the Barrière, we will reach the Taillefer plateau and its multitude of altitude lakes. This may be the opportunity to offer you a siesta with an unforgettable view of the high massifs of the Écrins!
Night at the Taillefer refuge.

D4: From the Taillefer hut to the Ornon pass.
We will meet the shepherds and their herds, then by the mountain pastures paths we will go down to Ornon. Along the torrent of the Lignarre, we will go up to the col d'Ornon to discover a secret valley of the Écrins.
Night in a cottage at the pass.

D5: From the col d'Ornon to Valbonnais.
Downhill or flat stage in the Malsanne valley, along impressive rocky walls: those of the Grand Armet chain. By an itinerary through the hamlets, on old ash-lined paths, we will reach the Daurens. We will cross Le Perrier and its many hamlets to reach the old irrigation canal, and the fluvio-glacial plain of Valbonnais.
Return to Valbonnais at the end of the afternoon.

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 5.
  • 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".


  • D1: Lodging refuge of the farms of Rif Bruyant.
  • D2: Holiday center le Bienveillant at La Morte.
  • D3: Taillefer refuge on the Fourchu plateau.
  • D4: Cottage "Le chamois" at the Col d'Ornon in Chantelouve.
Next departures :

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

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