Fressinières Pass (Col)

From Prapic to Dormillouse via the Fressinières Pass.
Please note: the height difference is only 1200 m.

Technical sheet
No. 4098671
A Orcières walk posted on 21/06/14 by MPrice. Update : 29/08/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 10h15[?]
Distance Distance : 21.23km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1454m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1584m
Highest point Highest point : 2774m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1435m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Orcières (05170)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.69368° / E 6.370772°
Ending point Ending point : N 44.733509° / E 6.449651°
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From the Jabiore gîte, take the wide path waymarked in Yellow which heads due north, going up Torrent de Blaisin.
Pass close by the Tombeau du Poète ('Poet's Tomb') - there is a sign - (1) and continue northwards. You will reach a series of zigzags in the path which end up at Pisses Lake (2).
Go along the lakeside on its southern bank and head in a westerly direction, then north-west until you reach a series of lakes (Jumeaux Lakes and in the north Grand Lac des Estaris (3)).
Then, at the crossroads, take the paths on the right heading to Freissinières Pass or Orcières Pass (4).
Then undertake the long descent through the Chichin Valley, go alongside the small Lauzeron Lake, until you reach the shelter of the Chichin hut.
You will reach a crossroads in the Arindoux forest, take the path on the left (5) which enables you reach the top of the village, very close to Dormillouse (6).
Go down the narrow streets which connect the Roman quarter with the Enflous quarter.
Leave the village via the small bridge over the Chichin river. You will join a wide path heading to the car park (7).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 1565m
1 : km 1.16 - alt. 1605m - Tombeau du poête (Poet's Tomb)
2 : km 5.21 - alt. 2496m - Pisses Lake - Lac des Pisses
3 : km 8.57 - alt. 2472m
4 : km 9.68 - alt. 2560m - Grand lac des Estaris
5 : km 10.65 - alt. 2774m - Col de Freissinières
6 : km 14.69 - alt. 2187m
7 : km 17.44 - alt. 1848m - Towards Dormillouse
8 : km 19.51 - alt. 1733m - Dormillouse
A : km 21.23 - alt. 1435m - Biaysse (rivière)

Useful Information

There are many water points - they are the springs which appear alongside the paths.
Shelter at the Chichin hut.

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Dormillouse: a village you can visit where nearly all the houses have been restored. This village sheltered the Vaudois (Protestants) chased out of the valleys during the religious wars.

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