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.
TOUR OF THE UBAYE - HIDDEN ALPS
6 days walking/6 nights
A circular walking trail through a hidden and unspoilt corner of the French Alps with a small excursion into Italy.
Wild alpine landscapes in an unspoilt part of the French and Italian Alps with dramatic Alpine peaks
A quiet trek where you'll discover the beautiful Chambeyron Massif, the highest point in the Hautes Alpes
Beautiful mountains, serene alpine lakes, & remote traditional hamlets
A tour where you'll discover unpoilt Italian hamlets and the Nature Reserve of Val d'Escreins
A mountain trek with the option of rooms for 2 (in part) and with bag transfers
Let 's discover the full itinerary!
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome at your accommodation in Ceillac, Queyras or transfer from Montdauphin-Guillestre train station
Day 2: Ceillac - Maljasset
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.
Overnight: Maljasset, +1100m ; - 835 m; 6hr
Day 3: Maljasset - Chiaperra
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.
Overnight: Chiaperra, Walk: +750m, -1000m, 6hr
Day 4: Chiaperra - Larche
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.
Overnight: Larche, Walk: + 1050m, -1000m, 6hr 30
Day 5: Larche - Fouillouse
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.
Overnight: Fouillouse, Walk: +1050m ;- 750 m; 6hr 30
Day 6: Fouillouse - Val d'Escreins
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.
(- 250 m, +1050 m, - 850 m, 6h30)
Overnight: Val d'Escreins, Walk: +1050m, -850m, 6hr 30
Day 7: Val d'Escreins - Ceillac
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.
Walk: +1150m, -850m, 6hr 30
Holiday finishes after walk or book additional night in Ceillac.
At a glance
11 June - 17 September
With luggage transfers: From €1125 per person (based on 2 sharing)
Without luggage transfers:From €925 per person (based on 2 sharing)
6 nights / 6 days walking
Time: 6hr -6hr30 per day
Ascent: 750-1250m per day
Gites and mountain refuges
Alpine walking holidays
Tour of Ubaye
Discover our wonderful self-guided walking Tour of the Ubaye, a circular hiking 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).
6 nights/7 days: 6 days independent walking moving between gites and refuges
Everyday (subject to availability) from 14 June to 13 September
Walking Profile & Grade
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).
This walking holiday is graded strenuous.
Accommodation & Meals
Half board accommodation in gites and refuges (in a mixture of rooms for 2 (if available and chosen) and small dormitories.)
Where is this trek?
When to Travel
Our self-guided walking tour around the Ubaye is available from mid June to mid September. The trek goes over high passes above 2500m with the highest being 2700m. There is also the option to go to a few summits. Depending on the spring weather conditions, there is a risk that several snow fields remain on the higher slopes in late June. The risk of encountering winter snow reduces as you progress into July. The weather is fairly similar in July and August. For the most part it is stable, dry and sunny with the risk of afternoon storms, so setting off early is advisable. The busiest period in terms of fellow walkers is from Mid July to mid August, although the Ubaye is never very busy compared to some other parts of the Alps. Late June and early July is best for the wonderful alpine flowers and meadows. Early September also has good weather, although there is a small risk of encountering some cold conditions at night and even some early fresh snow.
Navigation, Walking Notes & Maps
A couple of days on this walking holiday follow the GR5 (Grande Randonnee) long distance trail which is well way-marked with red and white markings. There are also a lots of signposts along the trail. The walking holiday follows clear paths for the vast majority of the time, although some sections at altitude can be on screes where greater care is required to find your way. The other days follow local trails which are often marked in yellow. Our walking notes are detailed and include information about the Ubaye and the villages which can be explored along the route. We supply one walking guide per person on this holiday. As well as the detailed walking notes we supply detailed walking maps.
On this walking holiday you can choose to have your main luggage transferred between accommodation so you only have to carry a day rucksack with picnic lunch, water and spare clothes, waterproofs, camera etc. On one night your luggage will not be available. Please limit the weight of your bags where possible to 15kg.
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 80 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
Further Information & Advice
For useful advice about independent walking trips and preparing for your self guided holiday 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.
6 nights / 6 days walking
- From €1125 (including bag transfer)
- From €925 (without bag transfer)
- If available, rooms for 2 on 4 nights: €100 extra
- 2 Transfers start and end of trek between Montdaphin-Guillestre train station and Ceillac: €85 (price dependent on arrival time and numbers)
- Additional night half board in Ceillac: €90 in room for 2
- All above prices are per person and based on a booking of 2 to 4 people
What's included in the price
- 6 nights half board accommodation.
- Transfers before and after the trek if required between Montdauphin Guillestre train station and Ceillac.
- Transfer of bags (if chosen) except for one night where your bags won't be available
- Detailed walking notes and walking maps
What's not included in the price
- Travel to Montdauphin Guillestre train station
- Lunches (which can be ordered from the accommodation), drinks
- Travel insurance
- Anything else not listed above
- A deposit payment of 30% or at least £250 or 250€ per person must be made to confirm your booking. The balance of payments is due 8 weeks before the holiday date. If the holiday date is less that 8 weeks away at the time of booking, then the full price should be paid.
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.
We can include an extra night in Ceillac at the end of your Ubaye tour instead of travelling immediately. Additional night half board in Ceillac: €90 in room for 2.
It is possible to do this holiday as part of an interlude during the GR5 trek which crosses the Ubaye.
Changing or Tailor-made holidays
It would be possible to add this loop onto our Tour of the Queyras walking holiday which passes by Ceillac.
Please consult us for further information and a price on any of the above options.
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