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Hiking at les Balcons du Queyras

Hiking at les Balcons du Queyras. 7-day trip w/ a UIMLA certified mountain guide

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration7 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of tripNot specified

Description

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!

 

Day 1

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.

Accommodation

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

More info

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!

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About the guide

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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.


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Prices per person

Group of 6

EUR 635 each

Group of 7

EUR 635 each

Group of 8

EUR 635 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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