• Trip duration
    3 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
    Jura
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Description

The highest summits of the Jura mountains are between Bellegarde and the Faucille Pass… This barrier between the Alps and Jura can be crossed through with semi autonomy.

The accommodation along the route is more spartan than elsewhere (unguarded on day 1). Therefore, it requires semi autonomy: bring food and a duvet…

I propose to accompany you in this adventure, through the crest of the ridge for an unforgettable experience!

Discover this exceptional frame during this trip in  semi-autonomy. It’s an adventurous trip!

Do you want more information about this incredible trip in the mountains? Then please get in touch with me! It will be a pleasure for me to accompany you in the discovery of this beautiful region.

Are you looking for a snowshoeing trip in more comfort? I can also take you on this 4-day tour in the high valleys of Jura!

Itinerary

Day 1

Meeting at Menthières* - La Poutouille - Gralet Refuge

In numbers: 6,5 km / Altitude max. 1455 m / Altitude change +450/-135m
Night at the unguarded Gralet Refuge (bring 1 duvet + food for dinner D1 + lunch for D2).
* Possibility to meet at the train station Bellegarde s/ Valserine

The meeting point is at the Menthières ski resort. We meet and verify the equipment, and then we start our trip heading to the Gralet refuge where we spend the first night. The profile of this first day is calm enough to meet and warm up for the training hike. Indeed, we arrive early to the Gralet refuge where we will enjoy a heated place.

Day 2

Gralet Refuge - la Marie du Jura - Reculet Summit - Crêt de la Neige - Ratou refuge

In numbers: 10.965 km / Altitude max. 1720 m / Altitude change +455 m/-460 m
Lunch taken with you (autonomy), half board accommodation at the Ratou Refuge in the evening.

This is the fantastic ride in the sky with the most “technical” passages. Our progress on the crest of the ridge leads us to the two highest peaks in the Jura mountains: the Reculet and Crêt de la Neige. If the weather conditions are good, you will enjoy the beautiful views of the Alps, the “secret canyons” of Crêt de la Neige and magnificent mountain pines that mark out our route. If the weather is not so pleasant, it will be an opportunity to live an adventure in a polar atmosphere. An unforgettable experience!

Day 3

Ratou refuge - Colomby de Gex - Grand Montrond -Faucille Pass / Return to the departure point (car/taxi)

In numbers: 11.135km / Altitude max. 1672 m / Altitude change +423m/-532m
Lunch: snacks from the bag (Ratou refuge).

Third and last part of our fantastic ride. We’ll climb to the summit of the high mountain chain and we continue our progression that is a little easier today because the peaks are more “rounded”. Perhaps we shall have the chance to observe wildlife, normally quite abundant in this area. We finally arrive to the Faucille Pass after climbing some nice bumps with incredible views: the Mont Blanc has no secrets for us! Finally, we will organize the return to the starting point.

Price per person

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Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to the start of the trip

Extras

Meeting point

The meeting point is at the Menthières ski resort, at the Vie Neuve cottage (Les Molunes). We can also change this and meet at the train station Bellegarde s/ Valserine.

Accommodation

- Gralet Refuge - Ratou Refuge

More info

Group size: 3 to 12 people. Price per person for more than 8 people: - 9 people 237€ - 10 people 236€ - 11 people 235€ - 12 people 234€Half board at the refuge is included in the evening of day 2.