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Guided Trekking Holiday

Alpine Trekking Adventure:

Peak Bagging in the French & Italian Alps

  • July - mid September
  • Depends on size of group, please contact us for a quote
  • One week's guided trekking holiday at altitude near Mont Viso in the Alps on the French/Italian border. Trekking between mountain refuges and gites summiting several peaks over 3000m
  • Find out more general information about our guided holidays
  • Summiting several exhilarating 3000m peaks in the French and Italian Alps
  • An exciting trek through the Alps linking dramatic summits and cols in a challenging week's trekking
  • Stunning Alpine views of Mont Viso and the surrounding landscapes of rugged alpine peaks, rocky deserts, alpine pastures, beautiful lakes and historic alpine villages.
  • An unspoilt region, part of which forms the region park of the Queyras, with a rich alpine wildlife
  • Luggage transported between guest houses for much of the trek
Accommodation and Meals
  • B&B or hotel for the first and last night. On trek - a mixture of mountain refuges or huts and gites, with a mixture of private rooms and dormitories. The comfort varies according to the style. The mountain huts are much more basic. However there is a convivial atmosphere and the surroundings are magical. Meals will be taken in your guest houses and will be local specialities.
What's included
  1. Transfers from Lyon airport and train station to first night's accommodation in Alps, 7 nights' accommodation, full Board. (with the exception of lunches on day of arrival and departure), transport of luggage on 5 days, 6 guided days trekking
What's not included
  1. Travel to Lyon, France (consult our travel shop for travel operators), lunches on the day of arrival and departure, transfers other than those from Guillestre, drinks to accompany some meals in guest houses and mountain huts, travel insurance

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Alpine Trekking Adventure - Peak bagging in the French & Italian Alps

Summiting five alpine peaks over 3000m in a week in the shadow of Mont Viso, this guided trekking holiday is ideal for anyone looking for a unique and exciting alpine challenge. The holiday takes place in the Queyras in the Southern Alps on the border between Italy and France. The trek passes close to Mont Viso which at 3845m is a prominent and spectacular landmark. Situated in Italy, Mont Viso dominates the surrounding three valleys of Guil in the Queyras, the Pô Valley to the north in Italy and the Varaita to the South. It was long considered one of the highest peaks in the Alps largely due to its position making it visible from all of the Piémont plain in Italy.

The trekking tour traverses part of the amazing and relatively undiscovered Queyras Regional Park. This hidden corner of the French Alps is relatively difficult to access, meaning that the trails of the Queyras are relatively quiet, especially when you consider its range of accessible high cols and summits. The Queyras and the Mont Viso area are a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike. If you are looking for a real high alpine experience, taking in several amazing peaks over 3000m with breathtaking views, then this is the holiday for you. In addition, its location in the Southern Alps on the border with Italy means it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.

Besides the rocky summits and cols, the trek passes through a range of varied landscapes: with mountain torrents snaking down deep gorges lined by lush forests. Above, alpine meadows merge with astonishing rocky deserts and mountain cliffs, capped by a succession of stunning mountain ridges and peaks. Its fauna and flora is exceptional with chamois, ibex, marmots, golden eagle and a vast array of rare wild flowers.

The region also has a rich architectural heritage which is encapsulated by the pretty alpine village of St Veran, at 2042m, the highest village in Europe.

Discover more about the Queyras and Mont Viso region

Trekking profile

This is a challenging trek in mountainous terrain in the Alps. The daily walks are long and involve considerable ascents and descents. Average days are 6 - 8 hours trekking with about 1150m of ascent and descent each day. One day is particularly long and if the alpine ascent is included would amount to over 1700m of ascension in the day. The paths vary from good wide tracks to rocky and sometimes unstable or ill-defined trails leading to airy summits. In some places the summit paths require the use of hands for stability, i.e. easy scrambling

This holiday would be suitable for people who are fit and experienced hill walkers, used to easy scrambling on steepish slopes and some exposure due to drops.

In addition much of the trek takes places between 2000 and 3000m, where the effects of altitude can be felt. Depending on weather conditions there is the possibility of going to five alpine summits above 3000m. The highest summit of the week is the Grand Glaiza which is at 3293m or 10,803ft.

Only limited backpacking is required. Overnight gear and spare clothes will need to be carried, but our main luggage will be transported between mountain huts and gites. Only on two nights will you not have access to your main luggage. This will help to reduce the difficulty and give you more energy to enjoy the trekking and peak bagging.

There is only likely to be small patches of snow at this time of year. Some northern slopes close to high passes or summits may have small banks of snow.

map of location queyras and mont viso in French and Italian Alps

mountain mont viso in Alps in Italy on guided trekking holiday

Alpine trekking Holiday

Day 1: Arrival,

Welcome, pick-up from Lyon airport or train station and drive to first guest house near the village of St Véran in the French Alps

Day 2: St Véran - Refuge Agnel (6hrs, +1050m, -450m)

Our first day's trek takes us from the highest village in Europe up over our first 3000m summit and down to the refuge Agnel. Our trail follows an old canal that was used originally for copper and silver mining. After an initial climb, the path is level for a long time, easing you gently into the week's trekking. After the Chapelle de Clausis the trek climbs to the Col de Saint-Véran on the border with Italy, with the pointed matterhorn-like peak of Tête de Toillies dominating our view. From the col there is nearly 200m ascent to the first of our 3000m peaks - the Pic de Caramantran (3025m) from where there are magnificent views. A fairly steep descent follows to get to our overnight mountain hut - the refuge Agnel. Enjoy a lovely high altitude evening in stunning surrounding watching the sun set.

Day 3: Summits from Refuge Agnel (7hrs, +1150m, -1150m)

On the second day of our trekking holiday in the Alps, we'll do some excursions from the refuge, with the intention of bagging two more alpine peaks above 3000m. Each is a half day trek and therefore they divide the day nicely into a morning and afternoon. The Pain de Sucre (3208m) looks steep but as long as the conditions are good it provides a fairly straightforward ascent with some limited very easy scrambling following waymarks along small scree paths and stone slabs. The summit provides excellent views of the Pic d'Asti and the Mont Viso. The Pic de Foréant (3081m) is easier than the Pain de Sucre and is another fabulous Queyras viewpoint with wonderful 360 degree views. The route ascends to the Col de l'Eychassier before descending slightly to two lakes, after which a path follows a steep ridge to its summit. Return to the refuge to celebrate two great summits. Alternative walks are possible in the event of poor weather.

Day 4: Refuge Agnel - Refuge Viso (8hrs, +1360m, -1480m)

This day's guided trek takes an excursion into Italy in the shadow of Mont Viso and takes in another 3000m peak. After crossing the Col d'Agnel, thought to be one of the crossing points used by Hannibal and his elephants, there follows a long descent to the South into Italy. The route then climbs eastwards through the isolated Soustra Valley to the Col de Vallante. From the Passo della Losetta we can make the detour to climb Pointe Joanne (3052m) which at just over 10,000ft provides outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, dominated by Mont Viso, with its sheer 1000m of steep rock face. The trek then contours around the mountain to the Col de Valante before descending to the north into France and down to the refuge de Viso which is in a superb location. You will be without your luggage at the refuge Viso.

Day 5 Refuge Viso - L'Echalp (6hrs30mn, +1000m, -1800m)

Our third day trekking takes us over two cols with a detour back into Italy passing through some wonderful scenery. There is no peak on this day, although there is an optional excursion to start the day by climbing to the Col de la Traversette where there is a short tunnel, thought to be the first built in the Alps in the 18th century, through the mountain allowing passage to the other side. This would add 500m to the amount of ascent done in the day. The trail takes us to the Col Sellière where there are great views of Mont Viso and Mont Aiguillete. Here we re-enter Italy and descend steeply to the Lago Lungo lake in a beautiful mountain setting. A long an enjoyable descent down the picturesque Pellice Valley, where you'll pass through remote farmsteads and hamlets unchanged for centuries, is followed by an ascent to the Col Lacroix on the French border. The final descent brings down to L'Echalp in the Guil Valley.

Day 6 L'Echalp - Les Fonts de Cervières (8-10hrs30min, +1320m to 1775m, -870 to 1320m)

Day 5 of our trek is the toughest day of the guided holiday, especially if you take in our highest alpine peak of the week, Grand Glaiza (3293m), which at almost 11,000ft offers superb views and a fitting high point to the week. After an initial walk along the Guil Valley the trek climbs to the pretty lake le Grand Laus, which makes a good resting place. From there we can take a path leading directly to the summit of the Pic du Malrif (2906m), which is a worthwhile objective in itself, offering magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges, including the Ecrins with its high glaciated peaks. Providing there is good conditions, we will then follow the ridgeline Crête aux Eaux Pendantes climbing 425m in a series of bluffs over the course of 2km to our last alpine summit over 3000m. After returning to the col directly above the lake we descend down a lush valley alongside a sparkling stream to reach the hamlet of les Fonts de Cervières and our mountain gite for a well deserved rest. You will be without your luggage at this refuge/gite.


Day 7 Les Fonts de Cervières - Arvieux, (6hrs, +650m -1000m)

Our last day's guided trek is relatively straight forward compared to previous days, although depending on the fitness of the group and previous day's conditions, it is possible to extend the day by making an ascent of the Grand Vallon (2867m). The day starts with a moderate ascent to the Col de Peas which is overshadowed by the towering peak 'Pic de Rochebrune' to the west. From there the route to the summit of the Grand Vallon involves a 250m climb. The descent from the col is enjoyable, descending steadily to the village of Souliers. Our trail then contours before descending to the Izoard Valley, passing the lovely Lac Roue. Our last B&B in the parish of Arvieux provides us with some relative luxury.

Day 8:  Departure

After breakfast, transport to Lyon



3000m peak foreant summit trek from refuge agnel in Queyras Alps

mountains in queyras in French alps trekking

Alpine trekking adventure peak bagging in Alps - lake surrounded by mountains

Near Col Vallant on Italy France border in Queyras Alps

trek up the Pain de Sucre an alpine peak above 3000m in Alps

Alpine flowers and stream on peak bagging trekking holidays in Alps

refuge agnel in Queyras used for 2 nights on alpine trekking tour

alpine landscape on trekking holiday in Italy and France

View of Mont Viso from refuge viso in Alps on trekking route

alpine peak in French alps - guided trekking holiday

guided trekking tour in Alps, bagging peaks in Queyras France, trip by High Point Holidays

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Once you have booked on this guided trekking holiday, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.

Please Note: We will endeavour to keep to the trekking programme for this guided trekking or walking holiday as described above; however it is subject to change due to severe weather. In addition, in the event of poor weather it may not be wise to attempt some of the alpine peaks for safety reasons. Final decisions will be made by the leader during the trek based on the abilities of the group and the conditions. Thank you for your understanding.

This guided trekking holiday is designed for fit mountain walkers looking for a challenge, competent on uneven ground and happy with exposure. For the saftey and enjoyement of the group please make sure you are able and fit enough before the start of the holiday.


Accommodation & Meals

This guided trekking holiday uses a mixture of accommodation. On the first and last night of your holiday we will use B&B or small hotel style guest houses where you'll have private rooms. They a friendly, family run establishments full of local character. The nights whilst on trek will be spent in more basic accommodation consisting of mountain gîtes and mountain refuges or huts. Accommodation is often in small dormitories with separate bathroom and toilet facilities. Sometimes the dormitories will be just for our party. However there is a convivial atmosphere and the surroundings are magical. Meals will be taken in your guest house and will be local specialities. All offer authentic accommodation where you'll receive a warm welcome. A few examples are listed below.

Name Type Details Rating  
Le Chalet Viso B&B Renovated farm house situated at 1700m with balconies with magnificent views 3 Corns le chalet viso queyras alps France
Refuge Agnel Refuge High mountain refuge with basic accommodation. Great setting and convivial atmosphere   refuge agnel Queyras Alps France
7 Degrees Est Gite Gite in historic 17th century farm in the Guil Valley with comfortable dormitories and south facing terrace   trekking gite at echalp Queyras Alps France
Travel Options

Travel Options

Transfers for alpine trekking adventure

Transfers for this tailor-made guided trekking holiday in the French Alps are from Lyon airport or train stations. Transfers can also be arranged from other airports or train stations.

Arrivals after 5pm are not practical.

The airlines Easy jet, BMI and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK to the Lyon airport.

Please visit our travel shop for links to some useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets for getting to the airport.

If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.

By Train

Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu changing at Lille. Please use Rail Europe's train finder to organise your train journey.

There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.

Self Drive

Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries and DFDS Seaways.

Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Lyon area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).

Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.

Parking is available at the first guest houses if you wish to drive direct to the walking holiday destination in the French Alps. Please inform us of this at the time of booking so we can provide you with directions to the first guest house.



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Views near Italy France border on the alpine peak bagging guided trekking holiday with five, 3000m summits
View towards mont Viso and Pain de Sucre in Queyras in French Alps on trekking holiday
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