A fantastic week's guided walking holiday in the Ecrins National Park following the Tour du Vieux Chaillol route. 6 days of stunning alpine scenery, wildlife and flowers, and mountain refuges... an adventure not to be missed!
The Tour de Vieux Chaillol is a classic long distance mountain walk in the Ecrins National Park in the French Alps. It takes in the four valleys visible from the Champsaur's highest mountain, the Vieux Chaillol. Each of the valleys have their own unique characteristics; from the deep, steep, dramatic, himalyan like valley of Valgaudemar to the more open rural landscape of Champsaur. It is one of our favourite walking holidays in the Southern French Alps
There is a huge variety of wildlife living in these valleys including golden eagles, rock partridge, black grouse, chamois, ibex, roe deer, wild boar, lots of marmots and wolves. For flower lovers, the area is famous for it's diversity of flora with 60 different species of orchid, wild orange lilies, wild daffodils, blue gentians and thousands of other alpine flowers that your guide will be able to name!
During this guided route the majority of the walking is normal mountain walking, with nothing too technical - have a look at the map. There are just a couple of steeper sections at the cols. You cross one high mountain pass of 2607 metres which takes you from the Valgaudemar valley into the Champoleon valley. This is done over two days staying in the refuge Vallonpierre at 1534 metres but you will climb approximately 1150m in one day.
The days are long so you will need a relatively good level of walking fitness. However, we walk at an easy pace and tend to have lots of stops for photos, wildlife spotting and generally enjoying the views moments. This is a real walking adventure holiday in France!
Your guide is a local accompagnateur en montagne (mountain leader) who knows the area really well and is very knowledgable about the animals and flowers you are likely to discover along the way. We choose our guides for their expertise and professionalism and also their passion and friendliness!
We also have a self guided Tour de Vieux Chaillol trip that you might be interested in.
Have a look at our walking kit list for advice on what to bring.