Alpine Trails and Summits of the Queyras
France & Italy, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
- A high-level Alpine trek for lovers of wild places
- Views of dominating spire of Monte Viso from Pain du Sucre
- The wooden chalets of Fonts de Cervieres
- A tough 6-day trekking holiday in a hidden corner of France
- Fully supported with luggage transferred to gites each evening
Sandwiched between Briancon and the Italian border, the remote Alpine region of Queyras offers exceptional trekking with a distinctly 'off-the-beaten-track' feel. Based very loosely on the Tour of Queyras circuit (GR58), this exciting new treking holiday has been modified to include the very best hikes in the area. From a succession of charming refuges and gites, we climb around 1000 metres each day to reach the high ground, before continuing to such rocky summits as Rocca Bianca (3059m), Pain du Sucre (3208m) and Grand Glaiza (3293m). Throughout the holiday, there are fantastic views, north to the snow-capped Ecrins and Vanoise massifs and south to the dominating spire of Monte Viso (3841m). Seeking out the quietest areas, we can enjoy our picnic lunches in the company of marmots, chamois and golden eagles. The quality of the hiking in this hidden corner of the French Alps is a revelation!
Is this holiday for you?
This is a superb weeks walking holiday in a hidden corner of the Alps. The trip loosely follows the route of the GR58, the Tour of Queyras long distance walk, which itself has a number of variants. However, we also make every attempt to get away from the main route, to follow rocky ridges and to reach a number of 3000 metre peaks. We follow way-marked footpaths for most of the route, but also find ourselves on unmarked trails, loose scree and easy scrambling terrain. Almost every day we are faced with a considerable ascent (between 1000 and 1500 metres) from a valley base, to reach the upper slopes. This is a tough trek, with 6 long days - expect to be out for 8 to 10 hours per day, including stops.