A hike in Drôme and Isère, but starting from the Vercors drômois side.
The Vallon de Combau and the Tête Chevalière at 1951m. A panoramic view over the Trièves valley.
During the months of May and June, the Vallon du Combau is must-visit destination, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna, particularly marmottes.
A relatively easy hike up to the Pas de l'Essaure pass, then a little more difficult.
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.
From Chatillon in Diois, reach the hamlet of Bénevise, a commune of Tréschenu-Creyers, and take the D515 in the Vallon de Combau.
Park at the end of the small valley by the Fontaine des Prêtres after the gite-auberge (inn). The number of parking spaces is limited.
Continue along the road for about 100m. When you reach a stele, take the pasture trail that turns left and then right on a hairpin. Pass a large barn (1) and continue until the Cabane de l'Essaure, which is a small mountain hut. (2) Turn right to reach the Pas de l'Essaure which offers a stunning view of the Trièves and Isère!
Keep to the ridge, pass a small trough and climb left on a very steep path for cows. Continue until you reach the edge of a big rock fall (3) This section is dangerous!
From there, climb along the ridge until the highest point with an amazing view over the Veymont and Mont Aiguille.
Climb up to the Tête Chevalière at 1941m (4)
Then descend southwest, then south continuing straight through the stones and grassland (5). You'll find yourself by cairns positioned on this section.
Rejoin the GR by the Chamousset bergeriee (sheep pen) (6). Turn left and you'll be back at the Refuge de l'Essaure, passing via the Col du Creuson.
Then retrace your steps over the outwards leg until you arrive back at the starting car park.
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1449m
1 : km 1.68 - alt. 1605m - Live stock. Large barn.
2 : km 2.4 - alt. 1655m - Cabane de l'Essaure hut
3 : km 4.47 - alt. 1864m
4 : km 5.29 - alt. 1939m - Tête Chevalière.
5 : km 5.76 - alt. 1878m - Descent through stones and grassland
6 : km 6.26 - alt. 1824m - Bergerie de Chamousset. Junction with the GR.
D/A : km 11.03 - alt. 1449m
Essaure mountain hut unmanned.
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Take note when you pass the Rocher du Combau, it's a little like the backdrop of the Far West!
Chatillon in Diois, the Vallée du Diois and, of course, Clairette de Dié.
A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.
This is a hike that starts with a ferry crossing.
The objective is to take the two elegant bridges.
The first bridge crosses the Drac.
The second bridge crosses the Ebron.
A vertiginous and rarely-taken loop, where you come across ibexes and chamois at every hairpin bend. Make sure you always have a helmet (ibexes love to send stones flying), as well as crampons and an ice axe until late in the season, as névés remain in place fairly long within the steep Serre-Brion couloir. It is best to start your hike early in the morning so that snow is still hard when reaching this couloir.
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Very nice hike without any difficulty, with stunning views of the Pas des Voutes, Pas de la Charmate and Pas de l'Allier.
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