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At a Glance

Your Holiday at a Glance


   
Independent Walking Holiday
  • Queyras: Best Kept Secret in the Alps

Dates for 2017
  • 15 June - 15 September
Price
  • £720 (single supplement £210)
  • €820 (single supplement €240)
Grade
  • queyras alpine walking
Profile
  • 7 nights, 6 days, two-centre-based holiday. Possible to tailor number of nights to your requirements
Highlights
  • An unspoilt, rugged region with amazing scenery.
  • Great panoramic views that take your breath away.
  • A relatively quiet alpine area where high mountain passes and summits are easily accessible.
  • Varied landscapes with rock deserts, alpine pastures, beautiful lakes, souring alpine peaks and pretty historic alpine villages.
  • A rich alpine fauna and flora in the regional park
  • Options to extend the walks to take in summits with wonderful views
Accommodation and Meals
  • Your accommodation is in two chambres d'hôtes style guest houses, 2/3 star quality, where you'll receive a warm welcome. Both provide very comfortable ensuite rooms within traditional historic buildings. Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be local specialities.
  • Option of upgrading to 3 star hotel accommodation. Please consult us for a quote.
What's included
  1. 7 nights' accommodation, full Board. (with the exception of lunches on day of arrival and departure), walking notes and maps
What's not included
  1. Travel to Queyras, transport to walks during week, lunches on day of arrival and departure, visits, travel insurance
 
  1. See also our self-guided tour of Queyras
Walks

Queyras & Walks

On this centre-based self-guided walking holiday you’ll explore the spectacular and relatively undiscovered Queyras Regional Park in the French Alps. 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.

We have created a two-centre based holiday which will allow you to make the most of your week and cherry pick the very best of the Queyras region. It also means that the walking experience is more intense experiencing all that the Queyras has to offer with its fabulous landscapes and panoramic views, its wonderful architecture such as the village of Saint Veran and its rich traditions and cultures. In addition, the walks will provide the flexibility for different challenges within the same day, with the chance to reach some mountain summits. A better idea of the range of landscapes experienced can be gained by looking at our Queyras photo slideshow.

The walks 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.

This walking holiday is also available as a guided holiday - Queyras guided walking holiday


Walking Profile

The walks on this guided walking holiday are graded moderate/challenging and can become challenging if you choose to extend them to take in summits. Average walking days are about 6 hours long and include height gains of between 300m and 1000m. In addition four of the days include the possibility of ascending further to reach some easy alpine summits where you'll be rewarded by spectacular views. This flexibility allows a group of mixed abilities to make the most of the holiday. However, as most walks will take place above 2000m where the effects of altitude can be felt, and the climbs are sometimes steep, a moderate to good level of fitness is required. You should also be comforatable on mountainous paths.

The paths are mountainous and sometimes rocky in nature. They are occasionally exposed, but do not require any technical abilities.

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Walking Day-by-Day

Walking

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to your guest house in the Arvieux Valley. Evening meal in guest house.

Day 2: Col Néal and the meadows of Clapeyto (5 hrs, +650m)

Your week will start with a fairly gentle climb out of the upper end of the Arvieux Valley through flower-filled alpine pastures to the Col Néal with its numerous glacial lakes. From here, we have great views of the adjacent Ecrins mountain range. Our circuit then descends through the pretty hamlet of Clapeyto with its traditional chalets and summer meadows

Day 3: Lacs Mirroir and Ste Anne (6-7hrs, +800 - +1000m)

Today's walk will start by visiting the amazing waterfall - Cascade de la Pisse. After, we'll climb gently through forests to reach the first of the two lakes - Lac Mirroir. The lake is in a beautiful setting with stunning limestone peaks rising beyond the lush green pastures and larch trees surrounding the still waters. From here the route climbs steadily to the Lake Ste Anne whose turqouise blue waters are surrounded by the rocky slopes of the highest mountain in the Queyras, the Fonte Sancte. From here, there is the option of continuing up to a col or mountain pass for exceptional views accross the western Queyras. The descent is by a different route. Afterwards you can stop at the village of Ceillac with its unique architecture.

Day 4: Chateau Queyras and Lac de Souliers (3-5 hrs, +300 - +700m)

This is a shorter walk and can be combined with a visit to the Chateau Queyras in the morning. The Chateau Queyras, situated on a glacial knoll in the Guill Valley, is the principal fortified site within the mountainous region. Your day's walk starts from the Casse Deserte, an area of barren rocky slopes and pinnacles, before climbing through forest and pasture to reach the circular beautiful lake Souliers, surrounded by rocky mountainous peaks. Here, there is the choice of resting in the sun or climbing onto one of the surrounding peaks for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. A much longer version of this walk is also available going via Lake Roue and the pretty hamlet of Souliers.

Day 5: Traversing Furfande (6-7hrs, +700m)

Your day starts by climbing to Col Furfande from where it's a short and easy ascent of the Pic du Gazon at 2744m offering spectacular views of the surrounding stark, rocky pinnacles and mountains. You'll then descend to the Refuge de Furfande where you can stop for refreshment before undertaking a spectacular traverse across the slopes high above the Guil Valley with views of the high mountains beyond. A pleasant woodland walk will bring us back to Arvieux.

Day 6: Bouchouse Valley (4hrs, min +225m)

The day will start with a lovely drive up to the Col d'Agnel, from where it's a short ascent to reach the col Vieux (2806m) at the foot of the impressive Pain du Sucre. From here it's a spectacular descent along the Bouchouse Valley to one or two beautiful alpine lakes, reflecting the surrounding mountains in their still waters. How far you go is up to you as you return by the same trail.

Alternative walking trail - Lac Grand Laus (7hrs, +1000m)

From the village of Abries, a pleasant climb to the La de Grand Laus which makes a perfect spot for lunch. Great views. It’s possible to climb up the ridge beyond and the Pic Malrif for wonderful views of the Ecrins mountain range. Descend via Aiguilles. Walk back along valley or short bus trip if available.

Day 7: Pic du Caramantran and St Véran (6hrs, +720m)

Your last day's objective is nothing less than a 3000m high mountain. Your walking trail starts relatively high up at the Chapel de Clausis above the torrent of the Aguille Blanche. The walking is pleasant and easy as you pass through a landscape of tumbling streams, meadows and rocky bluffs. The path climbs steadily to the Col de Chamoussiere from where there are great views of Mont Viso, rising to over 3800m across the border in Italy. The path then climbs to the summit where views extend to the Piedmont in Italy, the Mont Blanc in France, and the Mont Rosa in Switzerland. The descent route will take you past the Lac de la Blanche. You can take the time to visit the historic and well preserved village of St Véran, which is also the highest permanently inhabited village in Europe.

Day 8: Departure

Departure after breakfast


 

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Bed

Accommodation & Meals


On this centre-based self-guided walking holiday, your accommodation will be in two very comfortable and charming small guest houses located close to the walking areas. 2/3 star equivalent quality. They are located in two historic buildings and are run by welcoming and helpful hosts. They offer different but both delightful experiences. Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be delicious local specialities. Our preferred guest houses are shown below.

 

Name Type Details Rating  
La Maison de Pierre la Cime B&B Lovely renovated farm dating from 1844, in the centre of a traditional hamlet in the same parish as the highest village in Europe 3 Corns maison de pierre la cime St veran queyras France
Ferme d'Izoard Hotel 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    
Travel Options

Travel Options


Unless you opt for a short stay holiday, staying in one valley, you'll need a car to access some of the walks on this independent walking holiday. Cars can be hired from the train station and airport at Lyon, as well as at the airport in Turin.

Self-drive: Channel crossing by ferry with P&O or DFDS ferries and by rail with Eurotunnel. Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Arvieux Valley in the Queyras takes about 10-11 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 40 euros each way.

Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets

Note: Please check concerning the availability of a holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you.

Photos

Photos


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Also take a look at our slideshow of the Queyras region