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.