The Queyras is a regional natural park created in 1977. It’s a real natural conservatory of the fauna and flora of the Mediterranean Alps and the cultural and human heritage. The architecture of the villages, paths and the landscapes bear witness to the time when agriculture was the main activity in the villages.
Autumn is the ideal time to hike in the Queyras. The sun shines, the light and larches are wonderful. Despite its high altitude, it gas the charm of pastoral mountain. Discover its larch forests, abundant water and pastures at the foot of rocky outcrops.
I propose to you the following 6-day program in the Queyras.
Day 1: From Arvieux to Souliers through the Roue lake
Distance: 7.8km – Duration: 5h – Altitude change +325m/-175m
After a quick road transfer from Saint-Véran to Chalp d’Arvieux, we join the GR5 towards Pré du Roux. Then we have lunch around the Roue lake, an old floating bog that was considered in the XXth century as the seventh wonder of Dauphiné. After admiring the remarkable vegetation of this site, we continue towards Souliers. On the way, we cross the Banc des Vaches woods, where larches shine with the most beautiful glow. Finally, we spend the night in a lodge.
Day 2: From Souliers to Brunissard through the Soulier lake
Distance: 10.7km – Duration: 6h – Altitude change +680m/-810m
At Souliers, we go north along a torrent towards the Souliers sheepfolds. Then we take the direction of Chalanches to reach Souliers lake (2492 m). We have lunch and then begin the descent to the lunar landscapes of Casse Déserte. We reach the Brunissard village, where we spend the night in a lodge.
Day 3: From Brunissard to Escoyères
Distance: 13.6km – Duration: 7h – Altitude change +945m/-1100m
From Brunissard, we follow the Combe Bonne torrent valley and go around the ridge of Echelle before descending the Champ de la Maison valley. Following a path along the pastoral road, we end at a small lake with magical colours. We continue ascending until de Furfande pass (2500 m). We descend the pass through the pastures, then continue this long descent towards the Escoyères hamlet and its small chapel. Overnight in guest house.
Day 4: From Escoyères to Ceillac
Distance: 14.3km – Duration: 6:30h – Altitude change +1075m/-875m
At the crossroads of the Roman roads connecting Durance to Queyras, we go down the path to the Guil river. Then we cross the bridge to go up the slope on the opposite side, through the forest. We arrive at the Bramousse hamlet, suspended on the shady side in the heart of a vast pasture. We continue towards the oratory, then to the Bramousse pass, under the larches and pines. Having reached the pass, the descent takes us to the Ceillac village, where we spend the night in a guest house.
Day 5: Ceillac, Saint-Anne lake and Miroir lake
Distance: 17.7km – Duration: 7:30h – Altitude change +1010m/-1010m
We enjoy the beautiful Ceillac valley exploring the Saint-Anne and Miroir glacial lake. Saint-Anne (2400 m) is the largest and deepest lake of the massif. Miroir lake is a deepening lake, stuck between a rock bolt and an old moraine. In combination with the dolomitic walls of Font-Sancte, these lakes are among the most beautiful landscapes in Queyras. Then we return to Ceillac village to spend the night in a guest house.
Day 6: From Ceillac to La Chalp through the Estronques pass
Distance: 12.4km – Duration: 7h – Altitude change +990m/-880m
We leave charming Ceillac walking along the Cristillan’s right bank, towards the gorge of the Villard hamlet. Through the meadows, pines and larches we reach the Estronques pass (2651 m). The descent to Chalp offers a great natural spectacle. Shortly before the Aigue Blanche torrent, we turn left on a path toward the Chalp. This is where we spend the night, in a lodge.
Day 7: From Chalp à Saint-Véran by the Clausis chapel
Distance: 16.2km – Duration: 7:30h – Altitude change +750m/-610m
We take a path that takes us to the Saint-Véran village, the third highest village in Europe. After visiting its characteristic chalets, we reach the Clausis chapel. Then, if the weather permits we go to the Blanche lake (2499 m). Finally, we reach the valley via a pastoral path, along the Aigue Blanche torrent.
We will always try to follow the program, but we may have to change it depending on the conditions we encounter.
I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this magnificent hike in the Queyras. I would be glad to guide you in this region that I love so much.
|21/10/2018 to 26/10/2018|
Departure guaranteed with 6 clients.
Price per person
|Group of 2||579EUR|
|Group of 3||579EUR|
|Group of 4||579EUR|
|Group of 5||579EUR|
|Group of 6||579EUR|
|Group of 7||579EUR|
|Group of 8||579EUR|
- Guiding fee
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Open to everyone
In lodges and guesthouses, depending on availability.
Level: good walker, trained, used to hiking.
To carry: you carry your luggage with you in a backpack (10kg maximum recommended). This ensures greater autonomy and enables us to select the most authentic accommodations.
Food: For lunch we will have picnics based on local products as much as possible. Warm dinners are often local specialties. Breakfast are varied.