A 6 day guided trekking holiday in the beautiful Queyras Regional Park
2 nights in Italy in the shadow of the Monte Viso.
The Queyras is a quiet, unspoilt haven in the French Alps abutting Italy.
Discover a flora and fauna with a Mediterranean influence.
Our trek starts in the heart of the Queyras at Chateau Ville-Vieille (1377m) in the Guil valley. A gentle first day takes you to St Veran (2100m), the highest inhabited village in France. Chalets of wood with stone tiled roofs. Sun dials adorn the walls. You will have the chance to savour Italy twice. You can explore the picturesque village of Chianale and then later you will discover the Ciabot del Pra in the Val Pellice and the Refuge Jervis.
The Queyras become a regional park in 1977 to preserve its natural environment and local heritage. Ancient irrigation channels traverse the fields give testimony to man's endeavours to provide a living from the land. Hayfields are still cultivated up to 2000m. You will walk through forests dominated by larch trees. Larch make up 60% of the forests in the Queyras. Wildlife abounds in the Queyras including the “mouflon”, originally from the islands of the Mediterranean. You may also expect to see ibex and chamois.
The latter stage of your trek takes you over a high col to the remote Fonds de Cervieres valley before returning to your starting point at Chateau Ville-Vieille.
D1: Transfer to Ville-Veille
Transfer from Lyon Airport / TGV station. Accommodation: Gite.
D2: Ville-Veille to Saint-Véran
Our first day slowly climbs the valley of the l'Aigue Blanche following old irrigation channels that contour the hillside. We pass through the small village of Pierre-Grosse before reaching Saint-véran one of the highest villages in France.
Time: 3h 00
D3: Saint-Veran to Chianale
From St Veran we cross the river and then ascend gently along it's bank passing the refuge of xxx. From here we climb to the Col Blanchet (2900m) and the border with Italy. A descent takes us down to the small village of Chianale.
Time: 6h 30
Ascent: 950 m
D4: Chianale – Col Agnel (2750m) – Guil Valley
Leaving Chianale we climb to the Col Agnel and the frontier once more. We traverse around to the Col Vieux (2850m) beneath the Pain du Sucre. A wonderful descent by the valley of the lakes and thence down into the Guil valley and a small hamlet at the head of the valley.
Time: 7h 00
D5 - Echalp - col Lacroix (2300m) - Ciabot del Pra
A shorter day today as we cross the Col de Lacroix (2300m) and old border crossing route. We spend the night in an Italian Alpine Club refuge in the hamlet of Ciabot del Pra.
Time: 4h 00
D6 - Ciabot del Pra - col d’Urine (2500m) - Abriès
We re-cross the border into the Queyras by the Col d'Urine (2500m). Arriving at the col we gently descend through, at first, alpine pastures and then through larch forests to the village of Abries.
Time: 6h 00
D7 - Abriès - pic du Malrif (2900m) – The Upper Valley of Cervières
From Abries we pass by the lacs du Malrif (2500m) and the Pic du Malrif (2900m). From here we enter the upper Cervieres valley and reach the hamlet of the Fonds de Cervieres.
Time: 6h 00
D8 - Fonds de Cervières - col de Péas (2600m) – Ville-Veille.
We return to the Queyras via the Col de Peas (2600m) before a gentle descent brings us to an old water dyke and eventually the Col de la Creche. From here we continue to the hamlet of Meyries and finally Ville-Veille.
Time: 5h 00
D8 – Transfer to Lyon Airport / TGV
After breakfast transfer to Lyon airport and TGV station (co-located).
The following is a summary of the tour information. For further details please contact me.
7 days walking / 8 nights
Min / Max Group size:
2 - 8 (Private group departures at your convenience, please contact me).
Huts (shared dormitory type rooms); Gites (twin rooms / multi-occupancy).
Dinner, Breakfast; packed lunch
- Guiding by Mark Tennent - qualified International Mountain Leader / Accompagnateur
- Hut fees: including dinner, bed and breakfast, picnic lunch, showers.
- Hotel accommodation on the first and last night of the tour.
- Group transfer from and to Lyon airport / TGV station.
What's NOT included
- Personal equipment inc. boots, etc.
- Insurance - please see the links page.