This walk is part of the trek Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range.
First stage around the Chambeyron Mountain Range which, after a steady climb, takes you to the shelter with the same name. You'll end up in a breath-taking setting, at the foot of Brec de Chambeyron.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Starting at Fouillouse. Access from Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye on the D25. After 3 or 4 km, near Pont du Châtelet, take the small road to the right, which after a few bends, leads to Fouillouse. Just before the hamlet, the car park is a bit higher to the left of the road.
(D) Go through the hamlet heading east and passing the cemetery.
(1) A few dozen metres after the last houses, take the trail heading to the left, due north which rises over the road (sign for "Refuge du Chambeyron"). The trail turns off to the left maintaining a north-west direction.
(2) At a junction just outside a wooded area, turn right at an acute angle. Head north-east with a few twists and turns within a landscape which gradually gets lighter.
(3) Turn right heading east. There are no more trees and the landscape is more mineral. It's a windy trail but keeps to an overall eastern direction.
(4) Directly below a mound of rock to the left, you'll get to a small pass and a view point over Lac Premier and Refuge du Chambeyron (easily spotted due to its blue metallic coating). Head down to the shelter.
D : km 0 - alt. 1875m
1 : km 0.76 - alt. 1906m
2 : km 1.56 - alt. 2067m
3 : km 2.9 - alt. 2274m
4 : km 5.74 - alt. 2585m
A : km 6.21 - alt. 2620m - Refuge du Chambeyron
In Fouillouse: stage gîte.
Refuge du Chambeyron: shelter open from April to September. Phone. : 04 92 84 33 83.
No water sources apart from the stage shelters and gîtes so bring water supplies.
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In Fouillouse, notice the inscription on the cemetery pediment: Passants, songez que nous avons été ce que vous êtes et que vous serez ce que nous sommes, Passers-by, remember you are what we once were, and you will become what we are now". Food for thought during your hike...
Reaching over 3000 metres in altitude, Aiguilles de Chambeyron and Brec de Chambeyron form an impressive mountain range halfway between Queyras and the Moncantour. This hike offers a trek with no techincal difficulty, with passes over 2700 m in altitude and a summit of over 3000 m. Set in an outstanding landscape and for the most part within a high mountain setting.
A loop around Brec de Chambeyron, leaving from the hamlet of Fouillouse.
The most demanding stage of the hike during which you'll go through at least 4 passes at over 2700 metres in altitude. Beautiful scenery all along the way! The "Lacs Marinet" offer the opportunity for refreshments before the final descent.
A climb to the highest point of this hike around the Chambeyron mountain range, at over 3000 metres in altitude. A summit offering an unobstructed view over Queyras and the neighbouring mountain ranges. A downhill route allowing a well-deserved rest by a lake.
Quite a long stage but a steady route. A climb up to Col de Mary then a long downhill hike all the way to the shelter, in Chiaperra, Italy.
Last stage of this trek around Chambeyron mountain range, taking you back to France through Col de Sautron. You'll find yourself in superb wildlife setting when arriving at the pass.
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