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The Ecrins Circuit Trek - GR52

Starts: Turin, Italy
Finishes: Turin, Italy

Visit: Turin, Briançon, Le Chaussendent, Valsenestre, Turin

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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This truly classic walking holiday in France's southern Alps takes us around the high peaks of the Ecrins National Park, along a route that has long been a favourite and well kept secret amongst French 'randonneurs'. Largely following the route of the GR54, we explore the high valleys of the Valgaudemar Oisans and Briancon regions with their picturesque villages high trails and spectacular viewpoints. This is one of the wildest regions in the Alps and has a central core of high and glaciated peaks including the Meije (3983m), the Barre des Ecrins (4102m,) the Pelvoux, the Agneaux, the Ailefroide and the Olan. Circling these peaks with our English-speaking local 'accompagnateur' we have the chance to experience the pastoral heritage of this delightful region where shepherds and their shaggy 'patous' dogs still roam the high flower-filled pastures. With an average of around 7 hours walking per day on good way-marked trails, this is a reasonably challenging and very rewarding Alpine trekking holiday.

Highlights

    • Trek on the GR52, one of the finest Alpine `Grande Randonees`
    • Experience the wildest and most spectacular National Park in France
    • Enjoy views of the Barre des Ecrins and Meije on this alpine walking holiday
    • Hotel and gite accommodation throughout

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 145697
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Turin, Italy
Finishes: Turin, Italy
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A group transfer from Turin Airport on Day 1 and back to Turin Airport on Day 8
  • An experienced English-speaking local tour leader
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers between each overnight stop with the exception of Day 3 to the Refuge de la Chaumette

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,750 ($219/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

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France Turin, Col De Vallouise, Col De L'aup Martin, Refuge Du Pre-De-La-Chaumette, Col De Vallonpierre, La Chapelle-En-Valgaudemar, Col De La Vaurze, Valsenestre, Col De La Muzelle, Besse En Oisans, Briancon
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Lucy  

I have just returned from a wonderful week of walking in the Ecrins National Park. The trip encompassed long, varied walks, with significant ascents each day - but it was well worth some thigh burn for the spectacular views! Our guide, Myriam, was extremely competent as a leader; knowledgeable, approachable, and organised, adjusting the pace of walks as required by the group. She also had a wonderful sense of humour and very much enjoyed giving us melons to take up the mountain each day for our picnic lunches! Highlights: amazing views especially during the 3 cols day, staying overnight at a remote mountain hut (with hot showers!), Myriam's delicious lunchtime salads, excellent company of 5 other wonderful hikers, and the quietness of the routes (meaning regular marmot and chamois spotting!) Notes to other hikers: take all weather gear (we had blistering sun, pouring rain and snow showers across the week!), take a lunch pot with a well fitting lid (to avoid any beetroot disasters!), take any extra snacks (especially fruits) from the UK as you don't get to go to many/any shops during the week, embrace drinking coffee from a bowl (it is delicious despite lack of mug!), and note that the sleeping sheet liner and towel are needed most nights so don't get your towel dirty paddling in a stream on the first day! I highly recommend this trip for anyone wishing for: spectacular, high-up views; remote, quiet routes; happy shoulders (main luggage transported so day pack can be relativel

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Anna  

The Ecrins trip travels through classical Alpine scenery of rugged peaks, meadows, lakes and waterfalls. We encountered other walkers, but it is quieter than other regions of the French Alps and wildlife is abundant. Our local guide was excellent and made the holiday a five star experience for us. The walking is not technically difficult or exposed, but the accommodation is mainly in the valleys so the walking involves big ascents and descents every day, and so a good level of fitness is required as reflected by the KE rating. The accommodation was mostly dormitory based, clean and simple. The food was excellent. We had hot and sunny days at the start of the week, followed by rain, cool sunshine and finally snow on the last day, so it is important to be fully prepared for all weather regardless of the forecast. Read less

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