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High altitude adventure — hiking across the high plateaus of the Vercors

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High altitude adventure — hiking across the high plateaus of the Vercors

Hiking Collection by Guillaume

7-15

days

3-6 h

/ day

70.0 mi

15,200 ft

14,625 ft

We’re filled with a sense of total freedom when we enter the high plateaus of the Vercors. With its forests, river valleys, summits, paths and refuges, you’ll experience a unique and emblematic exploration of this massif.

These six hiking Tours follow the GR91, taking you through the diverse landscapes of the high plateaus. This GR allows you to cross the whole massif in a north-south direction (or in reverse) and you also have the option of deviating from the conventional route to the various summits along the way. Simply join the GR where you left it in order to continue your traverse.

From Grenoble, you reach Châtillon-en-Diois, a charming little village typical of the Drôme provençale. It's a fantastic adventure, covering over 112 km (70 mi) of superb mountain trails between the start and end points. I’ve divided it into six stages of about 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) each, some of which include mountain passes. You can adapt the daily distance to suit your needs and the time you have available.

You can find refuges on almost all the routes at the end of each stage and can adjust and adapt your itinerary to choose different accommodation as needed.

For those who prefer a self-sufficient approach, the Vercors Highlands Nature Reserve allows bivouacs from 5 pm to 9 am but does not allow campfires. During the first days of your hike, you can get supplies as far as Corrençon-en-Vercors. After this village, you arrive in the heart of the high plateau reserve, whose landscapes are similar to the great taiga of Northern Europe. Take your food with you as there are few, if any, places to buy more after this. On the other hand, you will find many water sources along the GR.

See the following link for more information on the Vercors Highlands.
vercors-drome.com/en/see/our-surrounding/vercors-national-park-high-plateaus

Click this link for the different means of transport between Châtillon-en-Diois Die and Grenoble:
auvergnerhonealpes.fr/uploads/TransportInterurbain/ea/69_057_RARA-DROME-Fiche-horaires-Ete-2020-L29.pdf

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    08:03
    8.41 mi
    1.0 mph
    5,425 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You are now off to begin the crossing of the Vercors through the highlands. This first day begins in Seyssinet-Paris and directly accessible by bus and Tram from Grenoble (station and town hall) .Before joining the GR91 which crosses the Vercors, you will have to reach Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, objective of this first daytime. The GR 9 takes you to Saint-Nizier from Seyssinet-Pariset. You can join the path at Champ Blanc.

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  • Difficult
    07:02
    11.4 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,025 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This second day takes you from the Moucherotte shelter to the Fauge shelter across the sumptuous Ramées en Vercors plateau, well known to hikers and skiers!
    I particularly like this …

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  • Difficult
    09:05
    16.0 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,575 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From shelter to refuge, your crossing of the Vercors massif via the high plateaus continues, this time taking you 24 km further downstream to the Tiolache du Milieu refuge.
    After only 391 meters from the Fauge shelter, something catches your eye. But what is ? A snake ? Indeed, it is the Boa du Vercors! A sculpture carved from the cliff to accompany walkers in their crossing!

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    7.41 mi
    1.9 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Was that night good and restorative? I hope so because this 4th day will require extra effort and the fatigue from the previous days may start to accumulate. That's what …

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  • Difficult
    08:41
    13.8 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,850 ft
    5,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Geological peculiarity, the chasm of Grand Assiriau leads you 700 meters below! The Vercors is full of treasures and it will take you more than a week of hiking to …

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  • Difficult
    09:33
    13.0 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,625 ft
    4,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This last circuit allows you to enjoy the beauty of the Vercors for a few more hours. From Châtillon-en-Diois, take the GR to the west towards Die. You will have to climb again for nearly 1000 meters to then evolve with a breathtaking view of the Rousset pass, one of the most legendary to enter the highlands!
    If you are interested, you can follow this Collection which crosses the Vercors by bike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    70.0 mi
  • Duration
    46:22 h
  • Elevation
    15,200 ft14,625 ft

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High altitude adventure — hiking across the high plateaus of the Vercors