France — two weeks of hiking at its best!

Saskimo | Saskia

France — two weeks of hiking at its best!

Hiking Collection by Saskimo | Saskia



62:57 h

83.5 mi

23,775 ft

We had two weeks to explore the mountains of France. Well, some of them at least. We set off in our car with a roof tent, trekking backpacks and equipment for multi-day Tours. Our goal: it didn't matter, the main thing was mountains and being outside as much as possible!

The result was a hiking holiday at its best! From the Vercors Regional Park, we ventured on to the Ecrins National Park, then to the Verdon Regional Park and finally to the Mercantour National Park. During this incredible fortnight, we completed some epic two- to three-day hikes, witnessed awesome mountain landscapes and rarely saw another soul.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 08:08
    9.52 mi
    1.2 mph
    4,475 ft
    2,075 ft

    The Vercors massif is very different from any mountain I've ever been to. Somehow lovely, idyllic. The high plateau looks like it is from another world and one would like to just stay and linger there. Fortunately, bivouacking is allowed there and we were allowed to pitch our tent for two nights. So we made a three-day tour through the Vercors with fantastic views of the spectacular Mont Aiguilles.

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  • 09:10
    12.1 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,375 ft

    The second day in the Vercors was somehow exhausting, even though it didn't have that many vertical meters. Perhaps it was still the exertion of the first day or the unfamiliar burden of walking with so much luggage.Because we couldn't be sure that we would always find the previously researched water sources, we both had four liters of water …

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  • 04:52
    9.05 mi
    1.9 mph
    625 ft
    3,100 ft

    I continue with my review of the three-day hike in the Vercors massif: After a night under the open sky, the golden side of the sun showed itself in front of us this morning. We didn't even have to get out of the sleeping bag for this beautiful sunrise!After the obligatory muesli breakfast (unfortunately I don't like muesli at all, but it's the easiest thing to do when hiking. Or does anyone have other ideas?) We started the descent.

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  • 05:05
    7.01 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,900 ft
    750 ft

    Our next multi-day tour took us to the Ecrins National Park. Known for its glaciers and high mountains, we stayed in the less frequented western part of the national park. Here we started on a three-day tour that promised great views.On the first day, as always, it was first of all steeply up the mountain, until we got over …

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  • 08:41
    8.93 mi
    1.0 mph
    2,175 ft
    3,600 ft

    A real highlight was waiting for us on the second day in the Ecrins National Park. After we were already quite high up and had left the tree line behind us, great views and some peaks awaited us. The route went over several mountain peaks connected by a ridge and it was really spectacular. The fog and clouds did the rest.

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  • 02:15
    3.22 mi
    1.4 mph
    150 ft
    2,300 ft

    Continuation of day 2 in the Ecrin National Park after we had unexpectedly continued walking. ;-)
    (The actual stage can be found here:
    The descent to the car followed. It got dark very quickly and we had to unpack the headlamps. We were happy when we arrived at the car and at the starting point of our hike. One day early, but what the heck ...

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  • 05:50
    11.2 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,050 ft
    3,025 ft

    I continue with my review of France: Because bad weather was approaching in the Ecrins National Park, we looked at the map to see where it would be nicer in the next few days and decided without further ado to go to Provence, namely to the Verdon Regional Park. But since you are not allowed to bivouack there, we went on a day tour - and it was really beautiful!

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  • 13:19
    14.3 mi
    1.1 mph
    7,275 ft
    2,350 ft

    Our next destination was the Mercantour National Park, where you can officially bivouack again. We planned a two-day tour with komoot and first climbed steeply and long up the mountain.But here the ascent was really worthwhile, because a kind of plateau with crystal clear mountain lakes awaited us - a dream! What would have been the perfect places to …

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  • 05:36
    8.19 mi
    1.5 mph
    750 ft
    5,650 ft

    After the exhausting day before, the last day of my vacation in France was actually all downhill. (With the exception of a short but steeper ascent because the actual hiking trail was closed due to falling rocks.)On the way we had fantastic views of another lake and the mountain ranges on the other side of the valley. In the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    83.5 mi
  • Duration
    62:57 h
  • Elevation
    23,775 ft

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