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Tour of Queyras (GR58), 140 km, 7,000m elevation, 7 days

This is the information I put together to prepare for tour of Queyras.

The Queyras (Occitan: Cairàs) is a valley located in the French Hautes-Alpes, of which the geographical extent is the basin of the river Guil, a tributary of the Durance. The Queyras is one of the oldest mountain ranges of the Alps, and it was one of the last ones to be opened to public tourism towards the end of the 20th century, thus being relatively untouched by environmental destruction.–Wikipedia

Summary

🥾 Itinerary

Day 0: Ceillac

Start from Ceillac.

🏕️ Sleep:


📝 Notes regarding the itinerary:

  • hiking speed of 4 km per hour
  • I added 30 minutes for each 300 m of positive elevation
  • I added 1 hour break everyday
  • I added 1 hour lunch everyday

Day 1: Ceillac (1640m) to Chapelle de Clausis (2399 m) — via col des Estronques (2651m) and Saint Véran (2040m)

  • 9h (including hike, breaks and lunch)
  • ascending elevation: 1470 m
  • negative elevation : 611 m
  • ~20 km
  • Map: IGN 3537 ET, IGN 3637 OT

🏕️ Sleep:

  • Bivouac 2 hours past Saint Véran at Chapelle de Clausis
  • Backup: bivouac next to a bridge 20 minutes past Saint Véran

🥫 Groceries:

  • At Saint Véran: boulangerie, épicerie (cheese, bread, ham)

Day 2: Chapelle de Clausis (2399m) to La Monta (1650m) — via Col de Chamoussière (2884m), Refuge Agnel (2580m), Col Vieux (2806m), Lac Foréant and Lac Egorgéou (2400m)

  • 7h30
  • ascending elevation : 711 m
  • negative elevation : 1460 m
  • ~20 km
  • Map: IGN 3637 OT

☂️ Shelters on our way:

⛰️ To-do on our way:

  • Pain de Sucre or Sugar Loaf” (3208m) , starting from Col Vieux (2806 m) + 2 hours

🏕️ Sleep:

  • Camping du Chardonnet. There is a restaurant for dinner and breakfast - and you can order lunch takeaway lunch for day 3 (local ham, bread, tomato, cheese) for the next day
  • Backup 1: bivouac sous le Col Vieux
  • Backup 2: bivouac au Lac Foréant

Day 3: La Monta (1650m) to Hameau de Malrif (1800m) — via la Crète de Peyra Plata (2585m), Crète de Gilly via la Collette de Gilly (2366m) via Abries (1550m)

  • 7h30
  • ascending elevation : 1185 m
  • negative elevation : 1035 m
  • ~17 km
  • Map: IGN 3637 OT

🥫 To-do/groceries:

  • buy gas canisters at Sherpa” or Vival” at Abries, if needed
  • restock food at Sherpa (Route du Guil - Le Bourg, 05460 Abries)

🏕️ Sleep:

  • Bivouac option 1: a sheep barn, 1h30 min past Abries
  • Bivouac option 2: Hameau de Malrif, 45 min past Abries
  • Back up: Gite L’Edelweiss, Abries

Day 4: Hameau de Malrif (1800m) to Fonts de Cervières (2040m) — via les Lacs Malrifs (2700m) and Col de Malrif (2830m)

  • 6h
  • ascending elevation : 1030 m
  • negative elevation : 790 m
  • ? km
  • Map: IGN 3637 OT (Fonts de Cervieres missing on that map)

☂️ Shelters on our way:

🏕️ Sleep:

Day 5: Fonts de Cervières (2040m) to Souliers (1820m) — via Col de Péas (2629m)

  • 5h
  • ascending elevation : 640 m
  • negative elevation : 809 m
  • ? km
  • Map: IGN 3537 ET (Fonts de Cervieres missing on that map)

🏕️ Sleep:

  • Bivouac option 1: Vallon de Souliers (Clot Charin / Pré de Soubeyran)
  • Bivouac option 2: Lac de Roue

Day 6: Souliers (1820m) to Refuge de Furfande (2293m) — via Col du Tronchet (2347m), Brunissard (1745m) and Col de Furfande (2456m )

  • 8h15
  • ascending elevation : 1238 m
  • negative elevation : 765 m
  • ~17 km
  • Map: IGN 3537 ET

🧭 Shortcut:

  • At Château-Queyras, go to Ceillac via GR5 and Col Fromage

🥫 Groceries:

  • Le Chalet des Saveurs at Arvieux +33 4 92 53 14 38
  • grocery store Proxy at La Chalp

☂️ Shelters on our way:

🏕️ Sleep:

Day 7: Refuge de Furfande (2293m) to Ceillac (1640m) — via Col de la Lauze (2076m), les Escoyères (1550m), Bramousse (1433m), and Col de Bramousse (2251m)

  • 7h
  • ascending elevation : 1018 m
  • negative elevation : 1471 m
  • ~ 16 km
  • Map: IGN 3537 ET

🏕️ Spots to bivouac

  • Ceillac Le Tioure en dessous du Col des Estronques
  • Chapelle de Clausis
  • Below le col Vieux or Lac Egorgeou/Foréant
  • Camping du Chardonnet at La Monta
  • Hameau de Malrif
  • Font de Cervières
  • Vallon de Souliers (Clot Charin / Pré de Soubeyran)
  • Lac de Roue
  • Cabane Gardère/Le Coin d’Arvieux (jonction with path to Lac du Lauzon)
  • Plan Vallon (below col de Furfande)
  • Bramousse or Chalets de Bramousse

🍔 Meal plan

breakfast lunch dinner
Day 1 Buy groceries prior to start Buy groceries prior to start Buy groceries prior to start
Day 2 Buy groceries prior to start Buy groceries prior to start Dinner at camping le Chardonnet. €12-15 le plat.
Day 3 Breakfast at camping le Chardonnet Buy bread, saucisson, cheese, tomatoes from camping le chardonnet Buy groceries at Sherpa in Abries
Day 4 Buy groceries at Sherpa in Abries Buy groceries at Sherpa in Abries Buy groceries at Sherpa in Abries
Day 5 Breakfast at refuge de Fonts de Cervieres Buy lunch from refuge Fonts de Cervieres Buy groceries at Sherpa de Abries
Day 6 Buy groceries at Sherpa de Abries Buy lunch at Proxy in Arvieux dinner at refuge de Furfandes
Day 7 Breakfast at refuge de Furfandes Buy takeaway lunch from refuge de Furfandes

🎒 Checklist

Personal items

# of item weight per item in g total weight
personal items on me
shoes 2 212 424
T-shirt merino 1 133 133
underwear 1 47 47
socks wool 1 68 68
shorts 1 220 220
watch 1 20 20
hiking poles 2 240 480
total

1392
personal items in my backpack
underwear 1 47 47
kway 1 288 288
hat 1 66 66
socks 1 68 68
wool shirt (instead of a fleece) 1 347 347
down jacket 1 232 232
tights 1 145 145
backpack 1 3200 3200
film 2 33 66
camera 1 724 724
sleeping bag 1 1168 1168
mat 1 811 811
headlamp 1 86 86
towel 1 205 205
tooth brush 1 9 9
lip balm 1 15 15
rescue blanket 1 59 59
notepad 1 50 50
pen 2 8 16
mobile phone 1 119 119
ear plugs 2 5 10
drinking container 1L 2 70 140
sunglasses 1 44 44



7915

Collective items for 5 people

# of item weight per item in g total weight
kitchen items
stove 1 217 217
gas cartridge CV 300+ (240g of gas) 2 411 822
lighter 2 20 40
sponge 1 30 30
washing liquid 1 50 50
trash bags 1 50 50
knife 4 50 200
fork/spoon 5 68 340
cups 5 21 105
plates/lid 5 40 200
pans 2 150 300
2354
other collective items
first aid kit 1 133 133
sting kit 1 122 122
maps 3 94 282
compass 1 133 133
biodegradable toilet paper 2 43 86
piece of string 1 3 3
sunscreen 1 96 96
toothpaste 2 50 100
dental floss 1 4 4
soap 3 75 225
hand sanitizer 2 80 160
trowel 1 122 122
spare AAA batteries for headlamp 6 12 72
tent 2 2180 4360
canvas sheet 2
5898
repair kit
safety pin 6
tape (in first aid kit)
glue 1
rubber patch 2
elastics 2
knife (in other items)
scissors (in first aid kit)
15

Contact

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