Tour of Brec Chambeyron

A loop around Brec de Chambeyron, leaving from the hamlet of Fouillouse.

Technical sheet
No. 4098514
A Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye walk posted on 29/01/16 by visorando. Update : 18/11/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 10h00[?]
Distance Distance : 19.83 km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1,509 m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1,510 m
Highest point Highest point : 2,937 m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1,863 m
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Ubaye Valley
Location Location : Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye (04530)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.524633° / E 6.796753°
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Depart from the Granges car park, just before the hamlet of Fouillouse.

(D/A) Take the marked trail GR5-PR towards the east, climbing gently. Go alongside the cemetery on your left and, a bit higher up, the Chapel of Pierre Abbey. At the chapel, continue straight on until you reach the first path on your left, the PR of the Refuge de Chambeyron.

(1) Stick to the left on the path which, at the beginning, goes alongside a dead-end street for vehicles on the left-hand side. Heading north initially and then north-west, climb the side of the ridge. The path leads to a crossroads.

(2) Turn to the right and stay on the marked trail, ignoring the other tracks on either side. The hike gets a bit harder here with a steep climb, arriving at last at a ledge on the side of the rocks. Continue east-south-east, then pass through the blocks of stone. You will reach a small pass and descend to the Refuge du Chambeyron.

(3) Leave towards the north by going around the left-hand side of the refuge, in the direction of the Lac des Neuf Couleurs. At a fork in the path (ref 2628), veer towards the right.

(4) Pass the Lac Long on the left and proceed further to the east. Be careful to stay on the path as it can be easily lost especially when it's been snowing.

(5) At the Lac des Neuf Couleurs, climb to the right in zigzags (sign for the Col de la Gypière - the Gypière Pass), with a view of the Brec de Chambeyron on your right.

(6) At the pass, go back down the other side of the slope until you reach the next branching off before the Bivouac Barenghi.

(7) Turn to your right and continue towards the south.

(8) Branch off to the right (south-west).

(9) Cross the border again through the Stroppia Pass. Descend (west) on the PR up to the next crossroads.

(10) Take the right and follow it up to the next branching off where the PR for the short tour of Chambeyron begins on the right.

((11) Leave the PR and continue straight on (north-east).

(12) Lower down, at the site of the Plate Lombarde fort, you will re-join the GR5 again. Branch off to the right on to this route and head downwards to the bridge which crosses the Riou de Fouillouse (small stream). Leave the bridge to the left-hand side and re-join point (1).

Continue straight ahead in order to return to the car park you started from (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1,864 m
1 : km 0.78 - alt. 1,910 m - Branching off
2 : km 1.54 - alt. 2,062 m - Crossroads, to the right on the marked path
3 : km 6.39 - alt. 2,622 m - Refuge du Chambeyron
4 : km 7.53 - alt. 2,789 m - Lac Long (Long Lake) - Lac Long (Mercantour)
5 : km 8.98 - alt. 2,850 m - Lac des Neuf Couleurs
6 : km 9.49 - alt. 2,932 m - Col de la Gypière
7 : km 10.04 - alt. 2,828 m - Branching, branch off to the right - Bivouac Barenghi
8 : km 11.96 - alt. 2,530 m - Branching off to the right
9 : km 13.39 - alt. 2,867 m - Col Stoppia (Stoppia Pass)
10 : km 14.34 - alt. 2,540 m - Crossroads, take the right
11 : km 15.82 - alt. 2,348 m - Crossroads of the Tour du Chambeyron
12 : km 17 - alt. 2,189 m - Ruins, junction GR5, branch off to the right
D/A : km 19.83 - alt. 1,863 m

Useful Information

No vehicular access to the hamlet as it is impossible to turn around there!
It is possible to stop at the Chamberyron CAF refuge for water, facilities, etc.
In the hamlet, there is a gite and small snacks are available.
Good shoes, hiking sticks, etc.

At the crossroads at waypoint (10), it is possible to descend to the left (south-west) until you reach the Vallonnet Pass and, from there, head north-west following the GR5 which descends down to Fouillouse through point (12).

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Various mountain animals.
Chatelet Bridge.
Pierre Abbey Chapel and rural hamlet.
Many places to visit in the surrounding area: Mexican Museum in Barcelonnette, forts, woodland adventures, regional specialities, etc.

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