The Ecrins Circuit Trek - GR54
France, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £945 (land only) - from €1,275 (land only) - from $1,585 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Briancon. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight in the group hotel. A group transfer from Turin Airport is provided.
Day 2: Transfer to Les Combes and trek across the Col de Vallouise to Vallouise (2589m) and drop down into the valley of the same name, where we overnight in a gite. 5 to 6 hours of walking, with 730 metres of ascent and 1160 metres of descent.
Day 3: We have another short morning transfer to Entre les Aygues, then hike via the Col de l'Aup Martin (2761m) to the isolated Refuge du Pre-de-la-Chaumette, which cannot be accessed by vehicle. 6 to 7 hours of walking, with 1100 metres of ascent and 950 metres of descent.
Day 4: Today we hike across 3 cols, including the Col de Vallonpierre (2607m). Then, from Gioberney, we take the shuttle down the valley to La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar, where we stay overnight in a gite. 7 hours of walking, with 1150 metres of ascent and 1600 metres of descent.
Day 5: After another short transfer, we hike via the Souffles Refuge and across the Col de la Vaurze. Descending to Desert en Valjouffrey, we have a short drive to our gite accommodation in Valsenestre. 8 hours of walking, with 1550 metres of ascent and 1250 metres of descent.
Day 6: We climb to the head of the Beranger stream, then steeply up to cross the Col de la Muzelle (2613m). It is then a long descent to Venosq and a short transfer to our gite at Besse-en-Oisans. 7 hours of walking, with 1350 metres of ascent and 1700 metres of descent.
Day 7: Today, we hike up onto the north side of the Romanche Valley and traverse the Plateau d'Emparis to La Grave. Continuing to Villar-d'Arene, we complete the Tour and transfer back to Briancon where we check in at the group hotel. 7 to 8 hours of walking, with 700 metres of ascent and 600 metres of descent.
Day 8: The KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single, timed, group transfer to Turin Airport is provided.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.