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Here we roam !
A mountain immersion

Hiking in the Alps, backpacked, for 2, 3 or more days, discovering the trails of the Queyras and connecting with nature before returning to civilization soothed and proud… But a multi-day mountain adventure doesn’t just happen. It requires a bit of organization! Huts, bivouac shelters or hotels? When to go? What equipment should you bring? Which itinerary for which profile? On foot, by bike or horse backing, it’s important to prepare for an itinerant excursion!

The wandering mind and step?

Don’t got straight to the point: allow yourself a few surprises along the way. Dare to roam. That little adventure that starts all over again every morning. With its dawn of surprises and breathtaking panoramas. Carry your house on your back, for two or ten days, a Queyras Tour, Viso Tour or an invention of your own. Get rid of everything without forgetting the essentials. Experience the thrill of the infinitely great without ever sacrificing nature or your safety. But be careful, there’s one encounter you might make along the way: yourself.

Roaming journeys

A selection of itinerant hikes, from the classic “Tour du Queyras” – GR85 and “Tour du Viso” to more confidential adventures. Make way for an adventure, meeting new people without worrying about any preparation. We promise that everything will be just right. Stays from 2 to 9 days, on your own or accompanied by local mountain guides!

A night at the Blanche Refuge with a donkey – 2 days

Children will be mountain explorers. Departing from Saint-Véran, with their first night in a refuge, the donkey’s stride will help them cover the 500 meters of positive altitude difference. Availability: June to September 2022 On your ownLearn more

Tour de la Font Sancte – 3 days

A sporty itinerary with an average of 1000 meters ascent per day. The Tour de la Font Sancte departs from Ceillac with a stop in the uninhabited Val d’Escreins valley. Availability: June-September 2024 Self-guidedLearn more

Tour du Pain de Sucre

From the Haut-Guil valley in France and Italy, you’ll hike along high-altitude trails. Between 4H30 and 6H of walking per day, with beautiful positive and negative gradients. Availability: June to September 2024 Self-guidedLearn more

The Tour du Queyras on snowshoes – 6 days

What if you discovered this great classic in a less conventional way, with your feet in the snow? The itinerary is adapted to avoid avalanche paths. The trip is guided so that you’re on the right tracks and can benefit from all the local guides’ knowledge of winter wildlife. Availability: December to April 2024 Guided Learn more

One foot in Italy, the other in France, Tour du Queyras revisited – 7 days

Make the most of Queyras’ cross-border dimension and enjoy both French and Italian hospitality. Availability: July to September 2024 Self-guidedLearn more

Good to know

The best moment to hike

For those who wish to walk the trails in shoes rather than snowshoes with all the amenities, the best time to do so is from June 15 to September 15. What’s in it for you?

  • Lodges and refuges are all guarded.
  • The high passes, some of which are still covered in snow, are marked out by the wardens.
  • In the villages, the shops are all open for supplies.
  • During the school vacations, the shuttles are back in service, both to get you to the villages from the train station and to get you from one village to another.
  • Then comes September and its Indian summer, with no one on the roads to get here! And no more hot climbs! September is THE month for cool hiking under a golden light illuminating the brass of the mountain pastures!
All about

If you decide to go bivouacking

Drawn into nature with the sounds of the night, guided by a local to discover the territory, the byways and be introduced to a zero-trace, zero-waste bivouacking. Our bivouacking holidays offer you a tailor-made introduction and support!

For nature-lovers, bivouac shelters are permitted under certain conditions!
  • What are the rules for bivouacking in the Queyras?

    If you’re new to bivouacking, remember the rule of nine. Before 9 a.m. your tent must be dismantled, and after 7 p.m. you can start setting it up. So, from now on, you can’t confuse camping-out (bivouac) with camping.

    • Besides, you don’t have to pitch a “tent” – it can be a tepee, a canvas shelter or an igloo (in winter). The important thing is to leave no trace. So, no building walls. There is wildlife under the stones that can fall victim to stone-pelting and excessive civil engineering.
    • Bivouac shelters are permitted in the Queyras Regional Natural Park and the Ristolas-Mount Viso National Reserve. To do so, you need to be 20 metres away from the marked itineraries in the latter.
    • Any place is authorized unless explicitly forbidden. What you should avoid, unless you’ve had a kind and clear invitation, is setting up in the immediate vicinity of people who work in the mountains. It’s a long way from shepherds’ huts and flocks.
    • You need to ask the warden for permission to pitch your tent in the vicinity of the refuge, and respect the area indicated.
    • Stay away from unmowed meadows.
    • Stay away from the banks of lakes and streams, which are often a watering place for wildlife and always a fragile ecosystem.
  • When can I go bivouacking in the Queyras?

    When can you go bivouacking in the Queyras?

    All year round! The only limits are the weather and the quality of your equipment.

    If heavy thunderstorms are forecast, your camp-out will have to be postponed.
    And when summer is gone, remember to equip yourself like a warrior! Because when it gets cold here, it doesn’t get cold by halves! A -20°C sleeping bag won’t be a luxury when the snow is all around you and the Lombardy wind is sweeping the peaks.



  • Our tips and tricks for a smart bivouac shelter

    Your smart bivouac shelter is one that is:

    • Ideally placed, sheltered from the wind – avoid windy ridges
    • Not far from a forest that will provide shade in the mornings – keep out from isolated trees that can attract lightning.
    • The proximity of a stream is not negligible for rinsing your face or for tea water – But beware! if herds graze above, the water may be unfit for consumption.
  • What do I need in terms of water and washing myself?

    Take tablets to purify the water you draw from streams. It may be contaminated by the presence of herds (excrement, corpses). Boiling water also works well (three minutes minimum).

    For washing, fresh water from streams and lakes can be irresistible. Swimming in high-altitude lakes is not forbidden, but common sense is:

    • Don’t apply sunscreen before getting into the water, as this will prevent residues from stagnating in the lake.
    • Use a cat toilet without soap, or with the simplest soap possible.
  • What should I bring for fire ?

    Use a stove, not a fire, to leave no trace and to respect the regulations defined by prefectoral decree from March 15 to September 15. Fires are forbidden outside lakeside fire pits.

    In certain protected areas, such as national parks and nature reserves, lighting fires is prohibited.

  • What about waste?

    It’s simple: we bring ALL our garbage back. A tip? Remember to take out only what you need and put away little by little. Remember that anything light on the ground will blow away with the slightest breeze.

    Even biodegradable peelings should be brought back and, if possible, composted in the valley. First of all, the local bugs won’t eat bananas, mangoes or cucumbers, and if they do, they’ll get upset. The place has to look just like the photo you took on arrival! Beware of noodles that have fallen out of the bag, or objects that you might misplace. And be gentle with the grass, tenderly ruffling it to straighten it out.

    As for organic waste (excrement), organic waste of human origin can be full of chemical additives. Let’s avoid inflicting this on the wilderness, even in small token doses. So think of a little bag for your production and paper.

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Light hiking

thanks to Petit Mathieu's Sherpa service

If you want to combine lightness and comfort (two antagonistic concepts in touring), then Hallelujah the “Sherpa Queyras” service is here! Your luggage will be transported from one accommodation to another.

For a good cohabitation in the mountains