"A Hidden Alpine Gem" - Trekking the Queyras Mountains

Done all of the classic treks and looking for something off the beaten track? Have you heard of the Queyras in the Southern Alps?

The mountains rise on the horizon. Sheer rocky outcrops, a steep grassy bank peppered with pine trees and a secluded shepherd’s hut - these are the landmarks which denote the start of our trek in Queyras National Park, one of the oldest mountain ranges of the Alps.

Trekking in the Queyras Trekking in the Queyras

We start our trek at Refuge Font de Cerviers, an isolated mountain hut situated at 2,064m. The Queyras range is a hidden alpine gem, a challenging trek made more managable with the benefit of luggage transportation. We're in France but bordering on Italy, with over 650km of wild and colourful mountain trails to explore.

The Queyras was one of the last mountain ranges to open to tourism, and you can tell. The trails are quieter here, wilder, more remote. The bustle and chatter of the Mont Blanc massif is missing between these jagged, rocky peaks - even now, in mid-August. Some people might miss the comfort of the chalets surrounding Chamonix, but if you're prepared to swap them for secretive mountain huts, your reward is huge vistas clear of other walkers.

Wild flowers

Lakes, mountains and wild flowers Lakes, mountains and wild flowers

Flowers lie scattered across the trails. Delicate hues of purple and yellow flowers and soft blankets of bog cotton bloom by glacial lakes. It is unspoilt scenery at its best.

300 days of sunshine a year

Trekking in the Queyras Trekking in the Queyras

Bordering Italy, the pleasant climate makes the Southern Alps an ideal trekking location. The Queyras National Park enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine per year!

Scramble to the summits

Magnificent views, no other groups in sight Magnificent views, no other groups in sight

With the Alps stretching across 1200km, trekking in the Southern Alps provides the opportunity to summit many mountains, cols and ridges. Admire the views from up to 3,286m on this trek.

Spot the wildlife

Marmot, Southern Alps Marmot, Southern Alps

Ringed by 3000m peaks, more than 30,000 species of wildlife live in this habitat. From large Alpine Ibex’s to Marmots hibernating in their burrows, take the opportunity to spot wildlife on this secluded trek.

Relax in quaint Alpine villages

Pretty French communes Pretty French communes

Our trekking trip takes us to quaint Alpine villages such as Saint Veran, Villevieille and Cervieres. Explore the historical communes of the Hautes-Alpes and take in the chance to visit a museum or a local church.

Sample the mountain cuisine

How could you refuse? How could you refuse?

With three course meal included for most evenings, dinner will consist of a first course of soup, a main course of meat stews and fish and a cheeseboard or dessert. Vegetarians are well catered for throughout this trip. Take the chance to sample fine French cheeses, a tartiflette and a framboise tart at Refuge Napolean, Col de Vars.

Stay in secluded mountain huts

Mountain hut, Queyras Mountain hut, Queyras

Six nights are spent in traditional mountain gites. Throughout the week we use several different mountain gites, each offering something unique, whether it is their charming location, freshly baked bread or the local beer on tap! They are all certified 'Gites de France' with a solid reputation for cleanliness and fantastic food.

 

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