At the heart of the most beautiful french mountains
Its privileged geography provides the massif a greater average hours of sunshine than the french Riviera
Give yourself 8 days of light therapy with amazing surroundings, where high peaks and summits sits next to the emerald green or turquoise blue waters of mountain lakes. How to resist to it after successfully and easily climbed the Izoard, Lautaret or Galibier pass ?
With balanced stages and discovery activities along the circuit
With an average length of less than 30 miles, every stage of the tour do represent, at maximum, 3h on the saddle each day, without rush. Cool enought to stroll around, take huge lunch breaks, while your solar bike refill in UV. When the afternoon come, benefit a last sunbath on the terrasse, with the mountains in the background. Or, alternatively go and have a swim in the lake next door, plunge into warm natural waters, discover a via ferrata,… Most of our hosts do propose relaxing activities : massages, sauna, hammam, jacuzzi… And the day always end with traditionnal diner to discover local products. So what are you wainting for ?
Our hosts and hostess live the mountain every day, and are commited in a savvy way of life with the natural ressources they belong (some of them use the solar energy, others are isolated during monthes in winter). Each of our stop have been selected with extreme care, and is a remarkable spot of the region : Gite 3 epis, charming house, historical building,… and the encounter with people who give them life make every evening a pure moment of conviviality and genuiness.
Welcome along the afternoon at the dwelling “La Crémaillère” in Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, France, 1025m high. At 5pm, presentation of the tour, technical briefing and solar bike testing. To finish with a dinner 100% local products prepared with love.
> Day 2
Start of the first stage. After a short sail along the Drac and Champsaur mountain pastures, the roadbook brings us to the first pass of the trip, the Moissière Pass. From there, we begin the loop around the Ecrin massif and initiate a long descent towards Serre-Ponton lake, 825m, where we spent the rest of the day on the Saint-Michel beach.
> Day 3
The day start with the ascent to Saint-Apolinnaire village where we discover a amazing panorama of the lake. From there, we go down to Embrun to cross the river Durance, follow its “balcony” until the gateway of the Queyras, in Risoul, where a bio dinner is waiting for us.
> Day 4
For this 3rd stage, we quit briefly the massif of Les Ecrins for a long intrusion into the massif of Queyras, via the mythic Izoard Pass and its lunar landscape, altitude 2360m. From there, we go down to Briançon, where we can enjoy its incredible mountain fortifications. Then, few miles from there, we join Saint Chaffrey for the stop of the day, in an old village house from the XVII century, with magnificent wooden rooms.
> Day 5
After a country ride in Serre-Chevalier valley, we join the Lautaret pass road, easy-going, which brings us to 2000m and an incredible view on Les Ecrins glacier. Volunteers will then pursue to the mythic Galibier pass 600m higher. We move then down to the Haute-Romanche valley, along the La Meije peak, to settle down in Bourg d’Oisans.
> Day 6
A short stage who only starts in the late evening…
To give time to the one’s up early to enjoy the ascent of the famous Alpe d’Huez ascent and its 21 hairpin bends. Then the crossing of the green valley of Ornon pass allow us to rally the Valbonnais village for a final swim, walk, or nap…
> Day 7
For this final stage, we will join first the Sautet lake, and then choose, to close the Ecrin loop, between 2 itineraries: the Souloise gorge and the Devoluy massif, or the overhanging balcony of the Napoléon’s road. Back to “La Crémaillère” at the end of the afternoon for the last supper.
> Day 8
Exchange and feedbacks. End of the trip after breakfast.
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