Tour de Chambeyron
The lost region above the Ubaye and the Val Maira
|Week 53||01 January - 08 January 2021||
. 6 days full guiding
. 6 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner, based on twin or triple rooms
. safetyequipement (transceiver-shovel-probe)
. organizational costs
. avalanche airbag
. transport to location
. lunches and drinks
. travel insurance
. minimum of 5 to a maximum of 6 participants per guide
Level C: You are stable on all kinds of slopes. When the slope is not too steep (<30 degrees) and the snow not too uneven, you can descend off-piste with confidence.
Level D: You have specific techniques such as the kick-turn mastered.
Level D: You don’t feel tired at the end of the day. Tours of more than four hours are not a problem for you.
This medium level hut-to-hut journey explores the Alpes Maritimes, between Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Italian Piémont. This part of the Alps is very influenced by the Mediterranean spirit. Here, the small villages have remained authentic. This region, the least populated of the Alps, is characterized by remote villages and sharp peaks above wide larch and birch forests. This makes it an ideal place for ski touring.
We will start this six-day tour in the French village of Larche, from which we quickly cross the Italian border via the Col de Ruburent. From there, we ski down to the village of Chialvetta, and sleep there. On Tuesday, w’ll go through a scenic valley to the Passo del Escallon, and climb a few rocks to get to the col. Then we reach Campo Base near Chiappera.
If the conditions are good on day four, w’ll climb the Colle di Ciaslaras; otherwise, we can always climb the nice Mary summit, and descend back to France on Maljasset. Day five will be a bit softer. For those who like, we can climb around the sharp Aiguille Pierre André, where tracks of wolves can often be found. The afternoon will be spent with our feet in the river and a well-deserved locally brewed beer in our hand.
On the last day, we will reach the village of Fouillouse by car in the morning, and hike up along the steep limestone walls of Aiguille de Chambeyron and through some military strongholds from World War I. Through the Col de Mallamort or the Col de Stroppia and Portiola, we will ski back down to our starting point, Larche.
We will spend about 4 hours up and 2 hours down on skis each day, with a height difference between 1000 and 1200 meters. This is a moderate-level journey, slightly more technical than Mont Thabor or our Haute Route du Queyras, but it requires no alpine equipment such as glacier safety gear (ice ax or harness).