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  • 8

    Trekking in the Queyras - July 2016

    A challenging and off the beaten track point to point walking holiday in a beautiful corner of the French Alps.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the easy scramble to the summit of Rocca Bianca at 3055 metres on a perfect summer alpine day with spectacular views in all directions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves has an incredible local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Queyras region. He also showed sound judgement in making subtle adaptations to the route depending on weather and group fitness.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trek often spends time on completely trackless terrain which is a delight if you want to experience a quieter side to the Alps but be prepared for tricky underfoot conditions in places. Good boots are a must and trekking poles are advised if you use them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Queyras region is far less developed compared to better known areas of the Alps that often look a bit spoilt by cable cars and ski lifts running up every hillside. I encourage any serious walker who appreciates the quieter side of the Alps to go on this trip.

  • 10

    Excellent trip

    This is a great trek in beautiful mountains. It's pretty full on - expect at least 8 hours of walking per day, with over 10 on the longer days, and a lot of up and down (1000m + each day) on demanding terrain, but the scenery is stunning so it's well worth it. If you've trekked around Mont Blanc, you'll find the Queyras much quieter and a lot less touristy. Not many mountain huts for morning coffee and cake here.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Really too many to choose from!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stephanie was excellent. Certainly one of the better Exodus guides.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most nights you will be sleeping in normal UK-style bunk beds (one bed on top of the other) but in the Agnel hut you will find yourself sleeping side by side on a giant mattress with about 5 other people. This isn't clear from the trip notes (unless they've been updated).

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  • 10

    Summits & Ridges of the Queyras

    This is an excellent trip in a relatively unexplored corner of the Alps. It offers a good opportunity to see French rural life and a brief visit to the interesting regional town of Briancon, but to enjoy it fully you must be prepared to do big walks on six successive days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the last walking day, after setting off thinking the weather had broken, walking through a temperature inversion into bright sunlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stephanie was excellent in all respects.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trips fully lives up to its grade (5, challenging) and requires good fitness going uphill and good technique coming downhill on loose ground.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There is considerable variability in the accommodation quality, from comfortable gites to rather cramped mountain huts.

  • 10

    Fantastic walking

    A great trip for serious walkers.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day in the gorgeous mountains was special. Making the summit is always a good moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves was fantastic, well organised, helpful, professional, fit in with the group well and he looked after us extremely well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The refuges are basic, youth hostel style accomodation so don't expect luxury but the scenery is stunning and more than compensates.

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  • 10

    Magnificent Queyras

    This is an outstanding trip in the southern French Alps, an area popular with French walkers but not so well known otherwise. We had perfect weather for the week (first week in August). Starting around 7.30 every morning allowed us to walk the first hour in the cool shade before the Sun climbed over the ridges. We had roughly a 4000 foot ascent onto the ridges and reached a summit almost every day. The scenery is magnificent and our highest peaks were just over 10,000 feet so they were free of snow. The local villages are very pretty and unspoiled, St Veran being the highest village in Europe.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We summited Pain du Sucre, a very steep and shapely peak. This was one of the highlights and very popular with French walkers. The ascent was optional since a good head for heights is needed. We also saw plenty of wildlife: marmottes, ibex, mouflon, eagles, etc. The gites and refuges provided excellent food and reasonably priced wine and beer.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Yves Novel, was excellent. He chose great routes, avoiding the crowds, and was attentive to our needs. His English is excellent and he fitted in socially with the group, having a good sense of humour. One of the best leaders I've come across.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trek is strenuous but everyone in our group managed everything without difficulty. A sleeping bag liner is needed for the refuges but pillows and duvets are provided.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A wonderful trip in a beautiful location. Any keen hill-walker would enjoy it.

  • 10

    Great trip in a spectacular region

    This is a superb trip to get off the beaten track (we mainly used alternatives to the GR trails) and visit a lesser known area of France. The hiking is pretty tough going and there are no cable car/bus alternatives to help along the way!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Drinking fresh water from the mountain streams, swimming in the lakes, Griffon Vultures and Golden Eagles circling above us, rewarding views at the end of a tough climb, enjoying a soak in the hot tub, to a cold beer at the end of the day. Too many great moments in this trip to pick just one :-)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves and Florian were great leaders and were always on hand to answer questions or offer advice. Yves knows the area inside out and it where we couldn't see a track, he would find one and lead us safely to the summits.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Due to the hot weather during our trip, and the lack of huts/refuges along the way and we needed to carry at least 2Ltrs of water a day if not more. Luckily we could top-up/drink from the streams as the animals were not grazing high up, but be prepared this is a remote region and does not have facilities you may have experienced in other areas of the Alps. The accommodation was great, but it was not always possible to have separate male/female dorms and you do need a sleeping bag liner. In the more remote places hot water and electricity were limited.

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  • 10

    Spectacular views of Queryras regional park

    Stunning views, wonderful vistas and great walking on a variety of landscapes and terrain. What a great way to discover the beauty of the Southern French Alps.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day hiking up to peaks or cols and seeing a different part of the Queryas regional park, that are often higher and more remote than the GR routes, to get a better view of the wonderful vistas. Having the opportunity to summit 7 peaks in one week (3 in one day) most of which are at 3000m with the highest being an optional hike to 3292m.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves loves the Queryas region and it showed in his passion to talk about all aspects of the area helping to make the holiday a great experience. He was very knowledgeable about the route and always happy to answer questions and explain about the area, including the history and flora and fauna.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Part of the great trip is the varied areas that you walk and therefore be prepared to hike on a variety of terrains. To reach a couple of the optional summits requires a little bit of easy scrambling often able to leave pack behind and it is well worth doing. Lunches are not included but for about €10 a day you can get prepared lunches from the gites/refuges. They normally contain pasta/rice salad and some snacks and fruit. If you chose to buy from shops etc. then you can only do that on the evenings before hike day 2,3 and 5 (with 6 days of hiking).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic walking holiday and if you love hiking for 7-9 hours a day, what a great adventure. We had wonderful weather and the guides say that it is dry for about 300 days a year. Hope you also get lovely whether when you do this trip. Enjoy.

  • 10

    Exciting walking in a less-visited area of the alps

    This was quite a challenging trip, both in the ascent/descent each day and the difficulty of the terrain. The reward was to reach some peaks and cols with impressive views, often with few other people around (since we frequently used alternative routes to the main "GR"s).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching some of the trickier summits - Rocca Bianca and Pain de Sucre. It was also great to see so many marmots.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves (and his assistant Flo) was a very skilled leader; he gave us many tips on how to best cope with the tougher patches of terrain, and was always ready to help anyone who had any difficulties. His briefings on each day's activities were always very clear, so we knew exactly what to expect.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Space for luggage in some of the gites is very limited, so it's a good idea to pack light. The picnic lunches provided by the gites are very filling and quite varied, and nearly all of us opted for those rather than buying our own provisions. Some of the gites have wifi and most have somewhere to charge phones etc, but not enough sockets for everyone in the group to use at the same time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Remote Trekking at it's best

    This trip is a excellent point to point trek in the remote region of the southern French Alps. Rather then opting for the classic treks, I would highly recommend any keen walkers to book this trip as the region is unspoilt. The Queyras are a hidden gem!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I particularly enjoyed reaching the Malrif and Mézan Lakes. A turquoise blue body of water just short of 3,000m on the 2nd day. It was a spectacular lunch spot.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yves is a extremely knowledgeable and passionate leader. He knows the Queyras inside out and he was a brilliant guide. He often gave us the option to extend or shorten walks on each day due to his intimate knowledge of the area.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In Saint Veran Village, the restaurants can find it difficult to cater for large groups. I would recommend opting for the mountain refuge 3 course dinner (15 EUR) or booking a table in advance. I would recommend to try a framboise tart at Refuge Napolean, Col de Vars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I do not normally use poles, however due to the long ascents and descents on this trip I would recommend poles as a good item to bring. I found this trip very enjoyable and I highly recommend this trip.

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