Queyras Snowshoe Winter Paradise
The Queyras Regional Natural Park is considered to be one of the most beautiful in France, and there is no doubting that. Wild mountain valleys, with impressive rock faces and jagged ridgelines are all there just waiting to be explored. The area lies south of the ancient town of Briancon, a World Heritage Site, and is just west of the frontier with Italy. It is characterised by wild mountain valleys with impressive rock faces and jagged ridgelines.This is the place to get away from it all, it's a surprise to meet other groups on the mountain.
- Remote wild valleys
- Spectacular mountain views
- Away from the crowds
- Gorgeous village base
- Excellent auberge accommodation
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|QUY1 18||Sat 13 January 18||Sat 20 January 18||£1245||Places available | Make a Booking|
|QUY2 18||Sat 27 January 18||Sat 3 February 18||£1245||Places available | Make a Booking|
|QUY3 18||Sat 17 February 18||Sat 24 February 18||£1245||Places available | Make a Booking|
|QUY4 18||Sat 3 March 18||Sat 10 March 18||£1245||Places available | Make a Booking|
We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below, however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.
Day 1 Arrival
We meet at 7pm at our accommodation when your guide will be available to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions about the week ahead. Please note that for those arriving into Turin airport a transfer is included, departing at approx. 1630 hrs to allow us to arrive in Aiguilles in time for dinner.
Day 2 La Croix de Curlet
We ease into the week by heading for an excellent view point which gives a good introduction to the area. This is one of the best belvederes of Saint Veran and the cirque of Clausis. There is the possibility of doing a loop on our descent to vary the terrain and views. We will aim to also do some training looking at the snowpack and considering mountain safety in winter. We will stop at the gorgeous village of St Veran for a well earned ‘refreshment’ before heading back to our hotel. Ascent 670m. 7.5km. 5.5 hrs.
Day 3 The Alpages du Sommet Bucher
We begin by heading up a narrow valley towards the highest village in Europe at St Veran. It claims this title as the only village inhabited all year round at this altitude of 2050m. We wander through the pine forests zig zagging our way up the mountain side till we reach our destination at Sommet Bucher. It is a good place to view the Col Agnel, the frontier with the Piemont are of Italy. A visit to St Veran for a coffee after climb is an excellent end to the day. Ascent 554m. 6km. 5hrs.
Day 4 Col de la Creche
A view of the picturesque village of Chateau Queyras is on offer this morning as we head for the Col de la Creche which rises above the village. We drive up a steep mountainroad to the community of Les Meyries which is our starting point. A gorgeous climb follows through the pine forests until we rise above the tree line and the impressive ridge leading to the Pic de Agrenier, comes into view. We swing round to the Col de la Creche which gives an excellent view point over the region, we then claim the summit ridge! Ascent 640m. 9km. 6hrs.
Day 5 Alpage de Fontantie
We start at the trailhead at Montbardon with the high alpages of Fontantie as our goal. This is a superb mountain pasture, and we should get a great view over the Ecrins National Park from the top at 2,500m. The pastures are home to the cow herds during the summer months, but in winter they are a silent snowcovered landscape with all the cattle safely 'tucked up' in the barns in the valley. Ascent 743. 5km. 5 hrs.
Day 6 Crete de Gardiole
This is one of the classic winter peaks of the area and will be our highest summit, sitting as it does at 2656m. We drive to the lovely old village of Abries, before taking a stunning side valley to the hamlet of Le Roux. Here we begin our hike up a mountain that offers incredible views of the range. Definitely, one of our favourite snowshoe trips! A fine summit awaits, and if the weather is kind you will without doubt be impressed be the photo opportunitites. Ascent 910m. 8km. 6hrs.
Day 7 Col de Longet
The Col sits at 2,701m and is an excellent goal for a great day out. We have some choices here as to whether we do a circuit from St Veran, and over the Col and down to Fontgillarde, the last inhabited village before we reach the Italian frontiere, or whether we do a smaller loop from Fontgillarde, and then back to the village. Either way it will be a good end to the week. Facing north we can be guaranteed some powder, or we hope so! Ascent 800m. 10km. 7hrs.
Day 8 Departure
Departure Day and morning transfer to Turin airport, Italy. Please ensure that any departure flight is after 1300 hrs. The journey to Turin will take approx 2.45 hrs.
This trip will run once we have a minimum of 4 clients. We will take a maximum of 8.
Included: The price is based on shared twin room accommodation with half board in a 2** Hotel or similar. A single room supplement may be available in the hotel if you do not wish to share, £170. The price includes the professional guiding services of a qualified International Mountain Leader, all necessary snowshoe equipment, including poles, snow shovel, avalanche probe, and in resort transport. A transfer from Turin airport at a time to suit the majority of the group is included. This will be no later than 1630 hrs to allow time to reach our accommodation before dinner.
Not include: Lunches are not included. Flights are not included, nor transport to our base in Aiguilles, apart from the above mentioned airport transfer from Turin.
Our accommodation in Nevache is in characterful 2*star Auberge/Hotel. The village of Aiguilles is small and full of character. Accommodation is based on twin rooms which are ensuite. Please contact us if you wish to know more - we can assure you the rooms are cosy and comfortable. Single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary payment. However, these are limited in number and we recommend that you book early if you wish to be sure of a single room. Please contact us for details.
In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. In winter temperatures can range from +10 degrees celsius, to -15 degrees celsius. Even in winter it is often sunny with lovely blue sky days, but it can snow heavily and you would be prepared for any eventuality.
Each client must have the necessary insurance for this particular activity, which includes helicopter rescue from the mountains in France. Without this insurance we are unable to take you into the mountains. Please ensure that YOU are satisfied that your insurance covers this.
There are various options for getting to the Queyras, and our base in the village of Aiguilles. You can get the TGV train from the UK to Paris and then head south to Mont Dauphin/Guillestre. Information on trains from www.raileurope.co.uk .
From there you can take the bus to Aiguilles or alternatively hire a taxi for the 30 km journey which takes approximately 40 minutes. The bus times are available here: http://www.aiguilles.com/transports.html
Turin, Italy is the nearest airport, and as mentioned above we have included a transfer from Turin to Aiguilles at a time to suit the majority of the group, but no later than 1630hrs on the arrival day. The transfer time if approximately 2.45 hrs. Your flight back from Turin should ideally be from 1300 hrs onwards on the departure day. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss flight and transfer times.
Early arrivals can either wait at the airport or if enough time allows make use of the 50 minute Turin Eco City Tour detailed on the Turin Airport website.
NB: for our departure for trip code QUY4 - 4 - 11 March your flight can be from 12 midday onwards. We already have a group taking the 11.55 am flight and we will aim to arrive at the airport in time for the check in for this flight.
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