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One-week guided crossing of the Vosges Mountains

Come with Philippe, UIMLA certified mountain leader, on an exciting guided crossing of the beautiful Les Vosges mountains in eastern France!

Mountain RangeVosges
Duration6 days
Offer periodMay, Jun
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

The Vosges Mountains are a large range of low peaks famous for their stunning lakes, hills and forests. On this guided crossing, I invite you to discover these stunning mountains!

Located in Eastern France, near the German border, this low ceiling mountain range extends for 250 kilometers along the left bank of the Rhine. On this excursion we will have the chance to discover the natural charms of this wonderful location. Additionally, we will also discover its historic treasures. We will visit the German Military Cemetery of Baerenstal and the Linen Memorial, historic sites that are linked to the Celts and the First World War. 

I will guide you along the high Vosges trails. From the Bonhomme Pass to the highest point, the Grand Ballon, we will explore its charming trails. You will even get to enjoy the views of the Rocks of Martinswand, one of the most climbed granite cliffs of the Vosges, at the break of dawn! For a more detailed description of the trip, take a look at the itinerary below!

Participants should be aware that some previous hiking experience will be necessary.  Additionally you will need to be physically fit. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on your way.  

On this unique hike you will explore an untouched landscape as well as discovering historic landmarks and combining sports with adventure! So, if you are ready to join me on this crossing of the wonderful Vosges Mountains, then send you request!

Looking for a different hiking adventure? Then you may also be interested in this 3-day hike in the the heart of the Vosges.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting point at your hotel in Munster

We will meet in Munster, one of the largest and most beautiful valleys of the Alsatian slopes of the High Vosges! This location takes its name from the construction of the third monastery built by the Benedictine monks, inspired by Saint-Colomban from Ireland!

After coming together, we do a short trip briefing and then spend the night in a hotel in the area.

 

Day 2: Munster (370 m) - Schratzmaennele (1,045 m) - Orbey (531 m)

On the first day of our trek we will discover forests, lakes and swamps as we begin our adventure.

Additionally,  we will visit WWI landmarks such as a passage near Lince Memorial, the German Military Cemetery of Baerenstall (975 m) and the scattered farms of the country Welche.

Then, we will spend two nights in an Alsacian village of the Orbey mountain.

Altitude difference: + 750 m; – 650 m.

Schedule: 6 hrs walk approximately.

Day 3: Orbey (531 m) - Head of Faux (1,219 m) - White Lake (1,058 m) - Orbey (531 m)

A beautiful hike that combines nature and history, with the discovery of many of the remains of the great war.

From the hotel we will arrive at the site of the unusual swamp of the Etang du Devin.

Finally, we will hike up and take the cable car to Raven Rock summit (1122 m). We will admire the beautiful views of the villages of Bonhomme, Lapoutroie and Orbey especially the Col du Bonhomme, considered by the French as strategic. Then we will descend via the Duschesne Cemetery (where the French war camp was established) to discover the Lac Blanc (glacial origin) before joining Orbey.

Altitude difference: + 950 m; – 950 m

Schedule: we will start walking at 6:00 am approximately.

Day 4: Orbey (531 m) - Trout Lake (1,065 m) - Paso de Schlucht (1,139 m)

One of the most beautiful stages of the crossing of the Vosges. We will pass the edge of three magnificent glacial lakes and the crest trail (GR5) offering splendid views of the Alsatian and Vosges valleys and in the distance of Black Forest and the Alps. Finally, we will cross the Schlucht pass before reaching our Chalet Mountain Hotel located at 1,100 m altitude.

We will spend two nights 2 nights at this Chalet Mountain Hotel.

Altitude difference: + 950 m; – 600 m

Schedule: 6:30 hrs walk approximately.

Day 5: Schlucht pass - the Hohneck (1,363 m)- Schlucht Pass

We will start early in the morning around 6:00 am by climbing to the top of Falimont and the Rocks of Martinswand. The intense calm of the early morning will make this experience quite unique. We will have breakfast at an authentic Farmhouse Farm and even visit the farm with the Munster cheese manufacturer.

We will descend to the prestigious glacial cirque of Frankenthal, a national natural reserve with an beautiful swamp and a strange pond with almost black waters.

Hike to the Schaeferthal pass and discover the two glacial cirques of Wormsa and Wormspel, home of to two beautiful mountain lakes: Fischboedle and Schiessrothried.

Hike to the Hohneck through the Wormspel glacial cirque before reaching the hotel via the Col du Falimont (1,290 m) and follow the path of the old tramway on the balcony of the Valley of the Lakes.

Altitude difference: + 700 m; – 700 m Schedule: 5h30 walk approximately

Day 6: Schlucht Pass - Kastelberg (1,350 m) - Markstein (1,200 m) - Grand Balloon (highest point of the massif - 1,424 m)

Explore different peaks and summits and enjoy the spectacular views of the whole Massif des Vosges.

Hotel transfer from Markstein to Grand Ballon and overnight stay in our Mountain Hotel located at 1350 meters at the foot of the Grand Ballon.

Altitude difference: + 750 m; – 690 m.

Schedule: 6: 30 hrs walk approximately.

Day 7: Markstein (1200m) - Langenfeldkopf (1290m) - Small Balloon (1272m) - Munster (370m)

It is the wildest and most beautiful part of the journey. The landscapes are very beautiful with varied vegetation of pines, heather and juniper trees.

Transfer to Markstein.

We will cross the old stubble of Markstein and those of Steinlebach before joining the pass of Oberlauchen (1,211 m). The path follows the ridge to the Petit Ballon to begin to descent to Munster.

End of the hike on Saturday around 16:00 in Munster.

We may explore the Abbey, church, the Albert Schweitzer and the Fecht parks, exhibition in the premises of the Ballons Park  in Munster once we return.

Altitude difference: + 470 m; – 1150 m

Schedule: 5:00 hrs walk approximately.


About the guide

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I'm a UIMLA-certified leader and have been sharing my passion for nature and the mountains for the last 30 years. I love to venture into isolated and quiet places to discover new environments, new panoramas...everything nature has to offer.

I love to share these precious moments during hikes or treks and help you discover life's subtleties by walking towards the unknown, both in France and abroad. This is why I became a mountain leader.

Hiking will be the starting point of all our adventures and will allow us to cook wild plants or mushrooms, watch the stars at night, draw, photograph or film all that is ephemeral in nature. But we will also find the time to relax and take in a beautiful moment.


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EUR 794 each

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