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Hiking in France’s epic wilderness — the Tour of Queyras (GR 58)

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Hiking in France’s epic wilderness — the Tour of Queyras (GR 58)

Hiking Collection by Chloé Perceval

6

Tours

48:36 h

71.0 mi

24,675 ft

For just over 110 kilometres (64 mi), the Tour du Queyras takes you on a hike in an exceptional mid-mountain setting. From larch forests to green mountain pastures, you cross the highest valley of the Hautes-Alpes and walk alongside magnificent summits. You’re never far from a lake or a mountain stream, and the abundance of water mixed with vibrant mountain vegetation gives the landscapes breathtaking colours. The immersion is total and the change of scenery guaranteed.

I present here a six-stage itinerary. In general, the Tour du Queyras starts in Ceillac and is hiked counter-clockwise. This is how I have organised my Collection but you can always do it in reverse. It’s possible to do the Tour in more or fewer stages, and those who prefer to take a little more time will find advice on how to do so in stage 4. The Tour has no technical difficulties and is achievable for anyone in good physical condition. It also crosses two other GRs, the GR 5 and the GR 541, so you can add alternatives to your itinerary if you like.

You can get to Ceillac with the ZOU! shuttle bus no. S24 from the Montdauphin-Guillestre SNCF station. It is a stopping point for several TER lines from Valence, Marseille and Grenoble, and for the Paris-Briançon overnight line. It takes about 30 minutes by bus from the station to the centre of Ceillac.

Each stage ends in a village where you can easily find something to eat and a place to spend the night. There are also many gîtes and inns along the route. It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance, especially if you plan to do the GR between mid-July and mid-August. Prefer to pitch a tent? No problem: the Queyras is a regional nature park and you can camp wherever you wish as long as you are at least one hour's walk from residences and not in a hay field. There are also campsites along the route and many huts allow you to pitch a tent on their land. Campfires in the forest, on the edge of the wood and near to areas of risk (flammable materials) are strictly forbidden.

In addition to the detailed maps in this Collection, you will find the typical red and white GR markings along the route.

Although the Tour du Queyras is passable from May and until mid-November, you may encounter a lot of snow on the passes at the start and end of the season. In contrast, the GR is known to be particularly flowery in the last two weeks of June.

Map of stopover gîtes: montourduqueyras.fr/images/carte-queyras-grand.jpg

Getting to the Queyras by train: envie-de-queyras.com/news/gare-ligne-scnf-queyras-mont-dauphin (in French)

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Le Tour du Queyras

68.7 mi

24,250 ft

24,275 ft

Last updated: November 5, 2021

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  • Difficult
    06:31
    8.23 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,900 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A great first step to warm up. You start from Ceillac and walk to Saint-Véran, the highest town in Europe.

    

    You start in the heart of Ceillac, a very pretty little town of 310 inhabitants at an altitude of 1,640 meters. After leaving the city, the hike begins on an asphalt road before continuing on a small

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  • Difficult
    09:33
    14.9 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,850 ft
    4,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A very nice stopover on this second day of hiking, which takes you through passes and valleys to the picturesque little hamlet of Echalp.

    

    You leave Saint-Véran and begin your gradual ascent on a pretty track. You pass the Chapel of Clausis, and continue your ascent to the Col de Chamoussière. Beautiful

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  • Difficult
    06:24
    9.59 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,025 ft
    3,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start your day on a small, flat track that takes you to La Monta.

    

    You continue your way behind the Monta and pass the Chapel stream. Note: this torrent is your last water point before that of Estachons, which you will encounter after Collette de Gilly. The path continues through the woods, which brings

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  • Difficult
    11:23
    15.9 mi
    1.4 mph
    6,000 ft
    5,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This is the big stage of this GR, but truly one of the most beautiful. You start from Abriès, and very quickly you find yourself on a path overlooking the Haut-Guil valley. The panorama is magnificent.

    

    You continue your way towards Malrif, a small hamlet partially in ruins but which has a few chalets

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  • Difficult
    07:23
    11.5 mi
    1.6 mph
    4,550 ft
    3,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A very nice route for this fifth day on the GR, which brings you to the Furfande refuge.

    

    You start your day with a climb partly in the forest, partly in the mountain pastures, up to the Tronchet pass. From there, you begin your descent to Brunissard, a pretty little hamlet that is part of the municipality

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  • Difficult
    07:21
    10.9 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,375 ft
    5,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A very nice last stage, which brings you back to Ceillac through picturesque villages and superb mountain pastures. You will find many water points throughout the day.

    

    You start the day downhill (this is rare!) And arrive fairly quickly at the Col de la Lauze, in a very rocky environment. You continue

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    71.0 mi
  • Duration
    48:36 h
  • Elevation
    24,675 ft

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