- At a glance
- Locality & Walks
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Price 6 nights||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Ubaye & Walks
Discover our wonderful Tour of the Ubaye, a circular walking trail through a hidden and unspoilt corner of the French Alps with a small excursion into Italy. This alpine walking trail takes you through wild and picturesque mountain scenery. Starting in the Queyras, this 'off the beaten track' itinerary will take you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, serene mountain lakes and remote and traditional alpine hamlets including Maljessat in France and Chiaperra in Italy. Our trek in the Ubaye takes you up close to the dramatic rocky summits of Font Sancte and Chambeyron over 3400m high. You can decide whether you wish to carry your own gear or have your bags transported for you. Equally on this alpine walking holiday there is the possibility to choose rooms for 2 on 4 of the nights (if available).
Average of 6-7hrs walking per day (not including lunch stop) and between 750m and 1150m of ascent & descent. The trek takes place on well maintained and way-marked paths, although they are mountainous in nature with some steeper and rocky passages. Mountain walking experience is essential. You should have a reasonable level of fitness and be comfortable with walking several days in a row on mountain paths. You should also be sure-footed on mountain paths. You can choose whether to carry your own bags or have them transported for you (except two days where it’s not possible).
Day 1 Arrival
Welcome at your accommodation in Ceillac, Queyras or transfer from Montdauphin-Guillestre train station
Day 2: CEILLAC (1650m) - MALJASSET (1910m)
From Ceillac in the Queyras you'll discover the amazing waterfall, Cascade de la Pisse and then higher up two beautiful lakes - Lac Miroir set in pasture with its green waters reflecting the surrounding limestone rock walls, and Lac Ste Anne with its deep turquoise waters set in a cirque at the base of Fonte Sancte (3385 m). A small climb brings you to Col Girardin (2699m) with wonderful views back towards the Queyras and ahead into the Ubaye Valley. Opportunity to climb to the summit of Tete de Girardin for spectacular views. A pretty descent brings you to the hamlet of Maljasset. (+1100m , - 835 m, 6hr)
Day 3: MALJASSET (1910m) - CHIAPERRA (1640m)
A pretty walk from the Ubaye Valley via the lakes of Martinet at the foot of impressive rocky spires before climbing to Col de Mary (2641m) and the Italian border. Discover the beautiful piedmont valley and the historic village of Chiaperra with its stone built houses. No luggage transfer possible on this day's trek, so take your things for the next day. You will have your bags back at Larche. (+ 750 m, - 1000 m, 6hr)
Day 4: CHIAPERRA (1640m) - LARCHE (1670m)
A superb crossing of the Chambeyron massif via the Col de Sautron (2685m). A wild and beautiful climb in the cirque de Rocca Rossa and discover the alpine pastures and shepherds huts of Viraysse. A great day out in the mountains of the Italian and French Alps.
Day 5: LARCHE (1670m) - FOUILLOUSE (1905m)
Walk to Col de Mallemort (2558m) dominated by Fort Viraysse, where a beautiful and wild valley leads you to Col du Vallonnet at 2524m, dominated by the summit of Brec de Chambeyron (3389m). Now follow the GR5 in the wonderful green vibrant valley of Plate Lombarde to reach Fouillouse.
Day 6: FOUILLOUSE (1905m) - VAL D'ESCREINS (1781m)
A small descent to reach the famous Chatelet bridge spanning the Ubaye Valley before climbing the long Serenne valley leading to Col de Serenne (2650 m) and the lac des neuf couleurs (9 colours lake). Descend via the rich valley Laugier to reach the Val d'Escreins, a protected nature reserve and its small refuge and abandoned hamlet.
Day 7: VAL D'ESCREINS (1781m) - CEILLAC (1650m)
A wonderful hike to finish this beautiful and 'off the beaten track' tour of the Ubaye. Climb and cross Pic d'Escreins (2730 m). Exceptional Panorama of the Ecrins mountains and the Alpine summits. Descend via a beautiful view point before heading down to Ceillac.
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holidays please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking or 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.
Accommodation & Meals
A mixture of gites and mountain refuges. Depending on availability, you can choose private rooms for 2 people on 4 nights of the trek. The other nights will be in small dormitories. Dormitory sizes are reasonably small in this part of the French Alps. Blankets are provided (so you don't need to bring sleeping bags). Tasty and filling meals are taken in a shared dining room where a great atmosphere prevails as walkers share their stories and experiences.
|Petit Chalet, Ceillac||Gite||Gite in a traditional chalet with comfortable rooms and small dormitory. Warm welcome and good food.|
|Les Zeles, Maljasset||Gite||A welcoming gite in the tiny village of Maljasset. This large stone building dates from 1809 and has been wonderfully restored. Lots of character and warm welcome.|
Transfers between Mont Dauphin - Guillestre train station and the first and last guest houses can be included in the holiday if arriving by train.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu via Lille or direct. From Lyon you'll need to take local train services to the Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station, changing at Grenoble. Some trains go direct to Guillestre from Grenoble, whilst others require a further change. The section between Grenoble and Guillestre takes a minimum of 3hrs. Recommended times if travelling all in one day: Leaving London at 9am arriving in Lyon 3pm. Leaving Lyon at 4pm and arriving at Mont Dauphin at 9pm (times approx). You can also take trains from Lyon to Valence and change at Valence going via Gap.
By Air and rail
Flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train then as detailed above.
Possibility to fly into other airports such as Marseille and then take the train from Marseille St Charles.
Please contact us for assistance in organising your travel arrangements
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Queyras takes about 12 hours (excluding long breaks). Tolls amount to about 50 euros each way. Channel crossings are provided by the following companies.
Parking available at first guest house. Taxi service to take you back to your car at the end of the week