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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Tour of Queyras - An Alpine Secret

Dates for 2017
  • Everyday from mid June to mid September
Price
  • £855 (single supplement £260)
  • €960 (single supplement €290)
Price (for 1 night (day 4) in hotel instead of refuge)
  • £910 (single supplement £280)
  • €1030 (single supplement €310)
Price (excluding transfers to and from station)
  • £745 (single supplement £260)
  • €840 (single supplement €290)
Grade Queyras Alps France grade moderate challenging plus+
Profile
  • 9 days: 7 days walking moving between guest houses (only carrying day sack)
Highlights
  • An unspoilt, rugged Alpine region with breathtaking scenery and dramatic walking.
  • An alpine circuit where your luggage is transported for you.
  • Accessible mountain summits and passes, a sunny climate and good paths make this an ideal alpine destination for the novice and experienced alike
  • An astonishing variety of landscapes in the Queyras: rock deserts, high altitude lakes, alpine meadows, souring alpine peaks and historic villages
  • A regional park which protects a rich alpine flora and fauna
Testimonials
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Accommodation and Meals
  • Your accommodation is a mixture of small family run hotels, chambres d'hôtes, auberges and a mountain refuge. (Option available to stay at a hotel instead of the mountain refuge). The comfort varies according to the style. All of the guest house rooms have private rooms for 2. The mountain hut has small dormitory style rooms and is much more basic. However there is a convivial atmosphere and the surroundings are magical. Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be local specialities.
What's included
  1. Transfer to and from Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station, Half board accommodation, full and detailed walking notes and maps, transport of luggage between guest houses. The option with hotel instead of refuge includes transport to and from a hotel at the end of day 4 and beginning of day 5.
What's not included
  1. Lunches, drinks with meals in some guest houses, travel insurance
 
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Walks

Locality & Walks

On this independent walking holiday in the French Alps you’ll explore the spectacular and relatively undiscovered Queyras Regional Park. Its range of accessible mountain passes and summits linked by good trails make this unspoilt region a paradise for walkers wishing to have a real high alpine experience. In addition, its location in the Southern Alps on the border with Italy means it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.

The walking trails pass through a range of varied landscapes; mountain torrents snaking down deep gorges lined by lush forests. Above, alpine meadows merge with astonishing rocky deserts and mountain cliffs, capped by a succession of stunning mountain ridges and peaks. Its fauna and flora is exceptional with chamois, ibex, marmots, golden eagle and a vast array of rare wild flowers.

The region also has a rich architectural heritage which is encapsulated by the pretty alpine village of St Veran, at 2042m, the highest village in Europe.

Find out more about the queyras region and its wonderful climate

The Walks

The walks on this independent trekking holiday are at the upper end of the moderate/challenging grade due to the general length and height gain of the walks throughout the week. Average days are about 6 hours long and include height gains of between 800m and 1000m. In addition, most walks will take place between 2000m and 3000m where the effects of altitude can be felt. A good level of fitness is required, and you should be comfortable on mountainous paths. Walking experience in the mountains is advisable. You should be able to navigate in case of poor weather.

The paths are mountainous in nature and sometimes exposed, but they do not require any technical abilities. Early in the season, ie in June you could experience snow at some of the higher alpine passes and summits.

Location Queyras Alps France independent walking holidays

Walking

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome in Guillestre and transfer to first guest house. Evening meal in guest house.

Day 2: Molines-en-Queyras - Ceillac (6 hrs, upto +800m)

A great walk to start the week. You'll climb gently through forests to reach the Col Fromage (2301m). From here you have the option of continuing on to the summit of the Crete de Chabrette (2582m) for some stunning views of the glaciated peaks of the Fonte Sancte range, or descend directly to the village of Ceillac in its deep valley setting.

Day 3: Ceillac - St Veran (5 hrs, +1050m)

Another great walk with superb views. The climb out of Ceillac is fairly steep, but you are rewarded at the Col des Estronques (2651m) with a stunning panorama. This makes a great place to stop for lunch and take in the beauty of the area. Ridges snake off on both sides with the rocky slopes of the Crete de Rasis to the north providing a stark contrast to the flower-filled meadows below. The hardy may follow the ridge to the south for a short distance to summit the Tete de Jacquette at 2757m. You descend by the Lamaron Valley to St Veran.

Day 4: St Veran - Refuge Agnel (6 hrs, +1050m)

Your walk starts by following the torrent of the Aguille Blanche. The walking is pleasant and easy. The valley then steepens as you pass through a landscape of tumbling streams, meadows and rocky bluffs. The path climbs steadily to the Col de Chamossiere (2884m) from where it's possible to make the short ascension of a 3000m peak. The path descends through barren screes to the refuge Agnel just below the Col Agnel. Option of descending to Molines for a night in hotel and transfer back to the refuge the next morning - to be decided at time of booking.

Day 5: Refuge Agnel - Abriès (6hrs, +220m, -1300m)

After a short ascent you reach the col Vieux (2806m) at the foot of the impressive Pain du Sucre. From here its a long but spectacular descent along the Bouchouse Valley. You'll pass a couple of beautiful alpine lakes before joining the Guill Valley which you follow to the valley bottom.

Day 6: Abriès - Aiguilles (6hrs, +1000m)

A steady climb out of Abriès along a steep valley leads to the Grand Laus (2579m), a stunning mountain lake where the surrounding peaks are reflected in its clear blue waters. After lunch by the lake, you follow a dramatic and pretty descent to the village of Aiguilles. An alternative shorter walk is available for this day.

Day 7: Aiguilles - La Chalp Arvieux (6hrs, +450m)

Today contours around valleys, creating an enjoyable walk with less climbing. You overlook the villages of the Guill valley including the 16th century Chateau Queyras located on a rock pillar in the valley bottom. The path then winds through the traditional village of Souliers the beautiful Lac de Roue to reach your guest house in the Arvieux Valley.

Day 8: Tour from La Chalp Arvieux (+900m)

On your last day you have the option of 3 day walks to explore the surroundings of the Arvieux Valleys with its rugged limestone mountains, unique Italian style architecture and wonderful alpine meadows. Walks include going to the Col de Neal and an area of mountain lakes and pools on the western edge of the Queyras where the Ecrins mountain range stretches out before you. A delightful descent through Capeyto, an upland bowl with meadow and chalets, before descending through an impressive rocky landscape back to your guest house. Alternative climbs to the superb lake Souliers surrounded by dramatic mountain summits, a couple of which are accessible, providing wonderful views of the Queyras.

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast and transfer to Guillestre station

 

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


Your accommodation is a mixture of small family run hotels, B&B's, auberges and a mountain refuge, chosen for their warm and generous welcome. The comfort varies according to the style, from very comfortable guest houses and 2 star hotels to very basic in the refuge. All of the guest houses have private rooms for 2. The mountain refuge has small dormitory style rooms and is much more basic. However there is a convivial atmosphere and the surroundings are magical. (Option available to stay at a hotel instead of the mountain refuge). All offer authentic accommodation where you'll receive a warm welcome. A few examples are listed below. Your exact accommodation will depend on availability at the time of booking.

Evening Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be local specialities. Your lunches are not included in the price. You can buy your lunches before your day's walk in the villages. Alternatively a picnic lunch can be bought from your hosts. In this case you'll need to reserve them on your arrival.

Name Type Details Rating  
Ferme d'Izoard B&B Great 3 star hotel situated at 1700m in the dramatic Izoard Valley.Quality food and lovely setting. 3 Stars  
Yak Avenir B&B A small guest house in the villages of Aiguilles with warm welcome and good home cooked cuisine    
La Baita du Loup Hotel Very warm welcome in this hotel in a traditional building converted from a sheep farm   La baita du loup queyras alps France
Refuge Agnel Refuge High mountain refuge with basic accommodation. Great setting and convivial atmosphere   refuge agnel Queyras Alps France
Travel Options

Travel Options


Transfers between Mont Dauphin - Guillestre train station and the first and last guest houses is included in the holiday.

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu via Lille or direct. From Lyon you'll need to take local train services to the Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station, changing at Grenoble. Some trains go direct to Guillestre from Grenoble, whilst others require a further change. The section between Grenoble and Guillestre takes a minimum of 3hrs. Recommended times if travelling all in one day: Leaving London at 9am arriving in Lyon 3pm. Leaving Lyon at 4pm and arriving at Mont Dauphin at 9pm (times approx). You can also take trains from Lyon to Valence and change at Valence going via Gap.

www.raileurope.co.uk
www.eurostar.com

By Air and rail

Flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train then as detailed above.

Possibility to fly into other airports such as Marseille and then take the train from Marseille St Charles.

Please contact us for assistance in organising your travel arrangements

By Car

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Queyras takes about 12 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 40 euros each way. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.

www.poferries.com

DFDS Seaways

www.eurotunnel.com

Parking available at first guest house. Taxi service to take you back to your car at the end of the week

Photos

Photos


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Also take a look at our slideshow of the queyras