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Get off on the right foot!

The Guillestrois and Queyras regions are to hiking what Bordeaux is to wine: an exceptional terroir. In what was one of France’s first regional nature parks, short walks and long hikes have earned their rightful place.

Why choose the Queyras for hiking?

From the foothills of the Ecrins in the west to the Viso steps in the east, via the kaleidoscopic Guillestrois, hiking has a thousand colors… All through the four seasons. From flower-filled mountain pastures to some of the finest larch forests in France. From marked trails to wild ridges. From comfortable lodges to peaceful cabins… This country is a little paradise. Like everywhere else, you say? Yes, but no. Because this is the “accretion cone of the Alps”(scientific geological term). And this… Gives you an incredible variety of landscapes. Relief like you won’t find anywhere else. An altitude that guarantees cool, clear nights. In short, hiking in the Guillestrois and Queyras is like walking on water, it’s a “divine” experience.

Our not-to-be-missed hikes

Whether it’s a loop or a back and forth trip, our perched valleys will blow your mind. Aiming for lakes and refreshing waterfalls? It’s possible. Aiming for 3,000m to get closer to the sky, camp-out by the stars and admire an unbeatable sunrise? It’s possible. Family picnic? A little trip across the border, one foot in the Queyras, the other one in Italy ? It’s possible. 

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a 100% hiking experience

If a good teacher gives you differentiated instructions, then the Queyras and Guillestrois are your maestros to learn. With us, you’ll find passionate mountain guides to help you realize your wildest hiking dreams. Whether you’re wondering about your first night in a refuge or your first night out clubbing. Whether camping-out  with or without a tent seems like an out-of-reach adventure. Here, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. Here, we have only one word: dare.

All you want to know

Get off to a great start!

  • When is the right season to hike in the Queyras?

    In each season, of course! Our valleys are fabulous for it.

    • If flower-watching is on your to-do list, come to the Guillestrois in May, and wait until June for the Queyras.
    • Summer is the time to take advantage of all the services, shuttles, guarded refuges and fully open shops.
    • In autumn, the shimmering colors of the larch trees will captivate you. Imagine a plate with caramelized apples  in salted butter for orange larche trees, a little whipped cream for snow-covered peaks and the bottom of the plate as blue as… our sky’s sky!
    • And in winter, the snow is full of light. The sound of footsteps is cottony. Time seems to slow down to remind us that sometimes speed is not always the correct answer.
  • Your backpack checklist

    Here are the essentials for a well-equipped hiker:

    • A rain jacket
    • Fleece, even in full summer
    • Sunscreen
    • A snack
    • Water bottle
    • Survival blanket/Emergency sleeping bag
    • A cap and even a beanie or buff (we sell them in our Guillestrois and Queyras tourist offices).
  • Can we walk in sneakers? Tennis shoes?

    Yes, only on very well marked trails that are flatter. So it’s best to have good low or high hiking boots, depending on your preference. For scree slopes, there’s only one option: high shoes.

  • Do I need special equipment to go to a summit?

    Summits are like people: they’re not all approached in the same way! So sometimes good soles will suffice for the quiet ones, whereas the steepest, most austere ones, the ones that look down on you, you’ll have to approach them with ropes to avoid bending on their capricious slopes. If you’re wondering, maybe it’s best to go with a professional mountain guide.

  • What are the four tips for being well prepared for your hike?

    You can’t venture into the mountains as if you were going to the beach!

    1. First of all, check the weather forecast: just like brushing your teeth, it’s a “must do”, on the Internet or in any tourist information office!
    2. Then, your map : don’t let it out of your sight, before, during or even after your trip, to record your memories! To help you prepare your itinerary, there’s also Le Chemin des Parcs, and the tour advisors who can advise you according to your desires and read the IGN map with you.
    3. Know your level and stay humble.
    4. Being an initiate is still the best way to learn and understand safety rules : thanks to mountain guides or special clubs.
  • Can I hike with my dog?

    Dogs are allowed on the trails. Dogs are allowed throughout the area, except in the Ristolas-Mount Viso Nature Reserve. For your dog’s needs, a small garbage bag will do the trick. And if he does get hurt, there are several vets at the Guillestre and Eygliers practices. It’s not compulsory to keep them on a leash, but it’s strongly recommended. Even if your adorable companion obeys in town, here, attracted by an unfamiliar scent, he could easily escape. Many wild species are then disturbed or even attacked. Our mountains are also home to numerous herds. They have careful guardians to protect them from wolf predation: the Pyrenean shepherds known as Patou-dogs, or the even more imposing Anatolian shepherds.Your dog could be perceived as a threat to his protégés, the sheep. Every summer, a few dogs are attacked by patou-dogs. Finally, your dog can go swimming… But always be careful! He can drink, but long periods in the water are a nuisance for aquatic fauna, including fish. If you don’t want to take him with you, there are a few people who look after dogs for a fee, of course! Check with your local tourist office! Two essential tips for your dog:

    • Remember not to leave your dog alone in the car for too long. At altitude, the air is cool, but the sun can quickly raise the temperature inside the car. Don’t forget: it’s very hot at altitude in summer!
    • A soaked towel in a fountain or stream will do him a world of good to recover from a good hike!
  • Can I go off-trail during my hike?

    Trails are a bit like tinsel around the Christmas tree: they embellish our mountains while preserving them! By staying on them, you avoid trampling hay meadows, disturbing marmots and other wild animals, and eroding slopes. What’s more, you risk getting lost! Which would be a shame, considering how well-maintained the signposts are in our valleys!

  • What can I pick up on my mountain trip?

    First of all, thank you for your concern. Mountains offer you fabulous treasures: raspberries, blueberries, mushrooms, sprigs of thyme or genepi…delights to be savored, but and as an old wise man would say “you don’t need much to be happy”! Keep in mind you have to bring back the waste. First of all, your own, which you’ll take back to the villages where you’ll be able to sort out, as well as other people’s if you feel like it. In this way, you’ll be one of the mountain workers as we like it: untouched by human pollution. To learn more about the regulations, click here!

Good to know

You can rent strollers at the Tourist Office

Excited to take your little ones outdoors?

Many of our hikes are wide and comfortable trails where a stroller would be ideal. However, was it impossible to fit the stroller into the already overcrowded car? Fortunately, the Tourist Office has the solution for you: three-wheeled all-terrain and full-suspension strollers are available for hire all year round. So when your arms get tired faster than your legs, there’s no excuse: the stroller is the right choice!

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Joëllette rentals for persons with reduced mobility

in the Queyras and Guillestrois, mountains are for everyone!

Why not consider reaching a border pass? Riding our trails instead of walking is possible for people with reduced mobility, thanks to the joëlette and the friends and family’s arms who will push and pull the all-terrain vehicle. What better way to spend an unforgettable day! To book, contact ACSSQ on 04 92 46 82 55.

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more information about hiking in the Guillestrois and Queyras regions

Forgot your Tour du Queyras topo guide(GR58)? Looking for ideas for fun, signposted hikes in the Guillestrois and Queyras (PR) regions? We’ve got just what you need at our tourist offices and online!

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  • How to deal with patou-dogs?

    Patou-dogs play an important role in ensuring cohabitation with wolves. Some of them come to meet us aggressively, so they do their job of keeping any danger away from the herd. That’s why it’s important to adapt your attitude to “dog language”, so that they understand that you’re just passing through, and that you’re harmless to the sheep they’re protecting.

  • A few tips for a successful cohabitation in the mountains

    Illustration6 Guide De CohabitationWe must walk on the path, so that we don’t trample on the meadows Illustration7 Guide De Cohabitation Fences closed for well-guarded flocks Illustration8 Guide De Cohabitation The shepherd’s hut, a place of respected privacy and intimacy Illustration9 Guide De Cohabitation Don’t touch the patou-dogs, let’s calmly go around the flock Illustration10 Guide De Cohabitation Let’s be discreet, we’re not alone Illustration11 Guide De CohabitationEven empty packagings are in your pockets or your bag

Witness an incident?


During your hike, you come across a problem with trail markers, pollution, a tree that fell on a path or any other incident. Thanks to this report, the territory will be able to react as quickly as possible. Thank you for your contribution! Report an incident

The Queyras larch forests

The Queyras larch forests are among the most beautiful forests in the Alps. That’s one word for it. They’re also alpine gardens in perpetual mutation, distilling their magical atmosphere as you hike. An essence of light, the rays of the sun go through the larch trees and its luminous undergrowth that is made of soft turf that cushions your footsteps. A thousand fascinating species inhabit the forest: the leaping roe deer, the mischievous spotted nutcracker, the elegant black grouse, the invisible wolf… In spring, zigzagging through the last snowdrifts, in early summer amidst the flowers, or in autumn when the red pine needles set the forest on fire. But let’s never forget that these majestic “melezins” (larch forests) only exist because of the good old work of shepherds and foresters.


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