Refuge To Refuge Hiking Southern Alps
Écrins National Park Tour

Mer de nuage col des colombes
From 740€
Level
3 à 4/5
Duration
6 jours
Night
refuge
Railway S.
Gap or Grenoble

The Écrin National Park is one of the wildest part of the alps.  

The Altimood mountain guides offer you to discover one of it valley by walking between summut and pass during 6 days.

The itinerary is worthwhile and the stages are often more than 1000m of difference in altitude. The comfort of the refuges will allow hikers to find a bed and most often a hot shower before continuing their itinerary. The weight of the backpack will be lightened as well.

Condensing their fine knowledge of the trails of the Écrins, Altimood mountain guides offer one one the best week duration experience to discover this national Park.

Program : 6 days itinerant hike in the Ecrins

Day 1 : From Villar-Loubière to the Souffles refuge

Meeting point at 3:02 pm in the village of Villar-Loubière for this first stage. The meeting in the beginning of the afternoon will allow everyone to reach the Valgaudemar from Gap or Grenoble by bus or carpool. The access to Villar Loubière can be done via the Valgaudemar shuttle during the summer.

At its shortest, the stage is 5km long and 950m high, the climb is steep. The guide who will accompany you will make you walk on the gentler paths to reach the Souffles huts through a splendid larch forest.

Note: during this stage, you will pass in front of an amazing geological formation. The Arraches in the shape of an organ are amazing in the landscape.

The Souffles refuge is a comfortable refuge with hot shower (gas) held by Jean Claude and spacious dormitories.

Day 2 : From the Souffles refuge to La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar

This second day is a day with 3 passes: Col des Clochettes, Col de Colombe and Pas de l'Olan. A superb itinerary which will also take you through the Lautier lake.

To know about l'Olan : It rises in the sky when you arrive from Gap on the Napoleon road at Chauffayer. Culminating at 3564m, l'Olan is in fact composed of 3 summits of which the highest is the one located in the North. It is necessary to go back to July 8, 1875 for it to be climbed for the first time by Coolidge and Almer.

Note: A return trip to a summit of +3000m may be proposed if the leader considers that the physical capacity of the group allows it. From the Col des Colombes it is the Pic Turbat.

At its shortest, this stage also counts 1000m of positive difference in altitude for 9.5km of distance. The descent to the village of La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar is done on a path winding from waterfall to waterfall with notably the Combefroide waterfall.

Day 3 : From La Chapelle-en-Valgaudémar to Xavier-Blanc

This new stage invites you to discover a little frequented part of the valley: the waterfall of the Buffe and the summit of the Chapeau by the ridges of the Côte Grasse (aerial path). The trail then goes down to the hamlet of Rif du Sap before arriving at the Xavier Blanc refuge.

Day 4 : From the Clot - Xavier-Blanc hut to the Pigeonnier hut

After two nights in the valley bottom, this 4th day of hiking invites the group to get back to height by passing by the bucolic paths of the Alpages of Vallonpierre and its refuge before joining the atypical refuge of Chabournéou by a balcony path.

Its terrace offers a superb point of view on sunny days on the sunset and its solar shower a precious moment of relaxation or energy depending on the number of clouds.

Day 5 : From the Chabournéou refuge to the Pigeonnier refuge

A stage that starts gently at almost 2000m of altitude and ends at the Pigeonnier refuge 300m higher.

It is however the most sportive stage of this itinerant hike with paths in balconies, plateaus to cross, descents in larches and ascents in rock and mineral scenery.

Day 6 : Blue Lake and Lauzon Lake by the cirque of Muande Bellone

This last stage ends around noon at the Gioberney parking lot. A shuttle is provided to allow participants to reach the starting point: Villar-Loubière.

On the hiking side, this day invites you to go around the cirque of Muande Bellone. A wild and unmarked itinerary that allows you to go directly to the blue lake. It is then the lake lauzon which is also joined by crossing paths before the 850m of descending slopes do not finish on the carpark at the end of the road of Valgaudemar.

Booking for 2022

Price from 740€/pers.

 Booking in 2023 directly to Alice or Robin by phone call  07 69 44 78 66 or mail at   bonjour@altimood.com. 

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