Hiking at les Balcons du Queyras. 7-day trip w/ a UIMLA certified mountain guide
Star-shaped hiking staying in a hotel, 7 days, 6 nights, 5 hiking days.
Leaving from a welcoming and comfortable accommodation, you will discover each day a new valley in Queyras, each having an architecture and natural environment of its own. A very diverse stay to relax in a region preserved from mass tourism. A stress-free week guaranteed!
Queyras is a true paradise for those wishing to encounter preserved natural areas during their holidays. Small authentic villages, a generous nature with abundant flowers and wildlife, mountain lakes mirroring the peaks… A week of discovery is not enough to see all the treasures of Queyras Nature Park! Not to mention the comfort of our small hotel at the heart of a lively and welcoming village.
Aiguilles offers small mountain shops and traditional craftsmen, good local products (pies, cheese, honey, jams…). You can stroll around its narrow streets, enjoy the summer activities and meet the locals who still cling to this little valley.
The highlights of the formula I propose…
– Guaranteed start from 6 participants on
– Comprehensive overview of the Queyras Regional Park with its many lakes
– Journey supervision by a local mountain guide
– Friendly accommodation at Aiguilles
I propose a 7-day program. I can of course adapt it according to your wishes and the time you have available in our beautiful area!
Welcome at 7 PM Sunday at the accommodation site.
Day 2 – Introduction to Queyras
THE ADRET DE VILLE-VIEILLE AND FORT QUEYRAS
To leave from your accommodation by foot, a good path rises quietly as a balcony up to above the Guil torrent. Chalvet hamlets and Meyriès, an impressive view of Fort Queyras, you will begin to get familiarized with Queyras’ summits and natural treasures.
Altitude change: +450 m, -450 m
Walking time: 4:30hs
Day 3: Aigues Valley (Molines and Saint Véran)
CRETES DE LAMARON (2350 m). OPTIONAL TO PIC DE CASCAVELIER (2562 M)
At the foot of Saint Véran, we reach one of the most beautiful Swiss stone pine and Queyras larch mixed forests. We will certainly meet the “nucifraga caryocatactes” that haunts the forests… (but I will tell you!).
We reach the Curlet cross and then an easy path towards the Lamaron ridge allows us to enjoy a beautiful panorama of Saint-Véran and the peaks that make the frontier with Italy. Optional for those more athletic, we can climb le Pic de Cascavelier.
We conclude our tour with a guided visit of the highest commune in Europe: typical habitat, sundials, wooded fountains..
Altitude change: +550 m, -550 m (+100 for the Pic de Cascavelier)
Walking time: 5:30hs
Day 4: The guide’s day
I live in the area and I love a place, a small valley, a secret garden that I like to share.
Altitude change: between 400 and 600 m
Walking time: Maximum 5hs
Day 5: Valley of the Agnel pass (Italian border)
L’EYCHASSIER LAKES AND PIC DE FOREANT (3080 M)
Today our program is 100% panoramic! We will indeed reach the gates of the high mountains and explore the mountain lakes and plants and animals that survive the snowline. To this end, we will go by minibus to a parking located at an altitude of 2620 m, to get straight into it! Not much altitude change, small distances, but majestic panoramic views of the Alps and Mont Viso (3841 m), a steeper than usual path but a unique atmosphere!
Altitude change: +550 m, -550 m
Walking time: 5hs
At the end of the walk, it is possible to visit the museum “the house of honey” at Molines.
Day 6: Arvieux Valley (Izoard pass)
THE PASTURES OF CLAPEYTO AND THE FAVIERE LAKES (2509 m)
A real postcard scenery is waiting for you during this first hike. After a minibus transfer to the Arvieux valley, at the foot of the famous Izoard pass, you will quickly enter into the heart of the mountain pastures. Amid these vast areas, the summer pasture chalets of Echaillon and Clapeyto makes up a harmonious picture that evokes the past life of the mountain peasants. And over the mountain pastures, many small lakes are scattered among the greenery. A gentle day to be fully enjoyed!
Altitude change: +500 m, -500 m
Walking time: 5hs
Day 7: End of the tour after breakfast
Many hikes are possible at the Queyras park and during the week we will discover all the wonders of the mountain: mountain lakes, hamlets with particular habitat, pastures, meeting shepherds or beekeepers, not to mention the easy ascent to a splendid summit at over 3000 m!
We can modify the program to take into account the best periods to see the different aspects of the tour (flora, fauna, pasture, etc). I will define it myself with you. I invite you to contact me so we can talk about it.
Located at the Aiguilles village, our hosting partner offers all the charm and comfort of a small mountain hotel. With a 2** classification, this small inn has 24 rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds with bathrooms (toilet + shower). In a setting reminiscent of the friendly alpine cottages or refuges, you will find a warm and friendly welcome. You will have dinner in the dining room, where the cuisine is generous and varied. More info here: http://goo.gl/Si9nZ7
Group size: 6 to 14 people Internal transfers: Minibus for 8 people and the guide. If the group is larger, we may ask you sometimes to use your own vehicle. In this case we will propose a mileage allowance (0,50 €/km). Price: From Sunday evening to Saturday morning. Extra for single room based on availability: 90 € - Accommodation in double room with bathroom: 615 € - Accommodation in 3-4 people room with bathroom: 585 € Level: No experience is necessary to participate in this journey. The daily positive altitude change is on average 400 to 600 m during 4-5 walking hours. You will walk with a light backpack containing things necessary during the day (picnic, warm clothing, canteen...). Hiking will be on well drawn trails during most of the circuit, with certain rougher passages or rocky terrains. The spirit of discovery is more important than the sports spirit. The routes remain accessible to anyone and I will be there to gently make you discover the pleasures of hiking!
I am a mountain leader in Queyras, I propose hikes and travels to places which I am deeply fond of and I know very well: Queyras and its bordering valleys, the Calanques, Nepal, Crete, Kosovo and Macedonia.
If you have already organised your trip (accommodation, transports, etc), I can propose a day or half day hiking or snowshoeing. Otherwise, we can design together a project adjusted to your desires, based on the trips presented below.
Nov 19, 2021
I had a very good experience booking the hike through Explore-Share. Communication with the team was prompt and clear and the booking process was seamless. The trip itself was also just perfect. Uroš was a fantastic guide, highly skilled and talented. The hike felt safe at all times, even on more exposed routes, thanks to him. He was always up to date on the weather forecast and planned the days around it, checked the conditions on the route ahead of me, if needed, discussed and adapted the routes to my level and always made sure I was safe and comfortable. I highly recommend him, as well as Explore-Share.
Oct 25, 2021
Explore Share is a really usefull website that has a great overview of reviewed guides for a (in our case) hiking/climbing trip. During the booking I got assigned an assistent for Explore Share that helped solve questions that I might have. Great customer service, and I will come back again.
Oct 17, 2021
Explore-share was easy to use and the staff and guide w ere very responsive. The trip descriptions were accurate and the pricing reasonable. I would definitely recommend the site for people looking to do guided hiking.
Oct 13, 2021
Excellent!! Great guide and service. I had a very good experience. Id do it again.
Sep 14, 2021
Guide was very experienced and very patient with us. We learned a lot and he tried to fit in all the knowledge he could in one day, super awesome. A little tough going back and forth to get the trip set up hard to tell if the site is sketchy until you see reviews but all worked out. Ended up with an awesome day with an awesome guide. Overall pretty satisfied and thankful!
Sep 14, 2021
The whole experience was great! The customer service of explore-share was really good. I always got an answer very quick. I would absolutely recommend to use explore-share if you are looking for a great guide in a foreign country. 5 stars!
Sep 10, 2021
What a trip, fantastic guide who picked me up and dropped me off. Would use again.
Aug 25, 2021
It's the 2nd time we have been booking with Explore-Share. The booking was super easy and both Explore-Share and the guide were fast in their responses. We did rafting as a family with 3 kids for the first time in Slovenia. The guide (José) was super nice. He was doing everything he could to make everyone at ease with rafting (he gave clear explanations), have a great team spirit (we were joined by 2 other girls) and have a good time. We had lots of fun and the nature there is so beautiful. Thank you Explore-share and Soca splash for the great afternoon! I would recommend this activity to anyone without a doubt. My kids immediately told me they want to do rafting again soon !"
Aditya Kumar Jha
Aug 2, 2021
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Jul 5, 2021
I am very pleased to have booked with this group. All of my mails have been answered in no-time, I felt really safe on the rock and the atmosfere of the whole group helped a lot not to mind about stressing. Will be back for more!
Group of 6
|EUR 635 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 635 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 635 each|
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- Guiding fee
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Transport during the trip
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner