Tour de Chambeyron

The lost region above the Ubaye and the Val Maira


Week 11 13 March - 19 March 2021



. 6 days full guiding
. 6 nights accommodation with breakfast and dinner, based on twin or triple rooms
. safetyequipement (transceiver-shovel-probe)
. organizational costs

Not included:
. avalanche airbag
. transport to location
. lunches and drinks
. gear
. travel insurance

. minimum of 5 to a maximum of 6 participants per guide


  • Descend
  • Ascend
  • Physical condition

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).

A travel insurance covering mountaineering and/or alpine activities is compulsory. This insurance must cover all levels of avalanche conditions guided by a UIAGM mountain guide. Please note that some insurances do not cover back-country skiing. A travel insurance covering mountaineering and/or alpine activities is compulsory. Please send us your insurance details as soon as possible.



High quality

Our maximum group size is 6 people per guide and in rougher, more exposed alpine terrain, this number will be decrease even more. This allows us to make no concessions on quality or safety, and to give every guest enough personal space and attention to improve.


PowderGuides consists a team of international certified mountain guides with each 1000plus hours of expertise in the immense terrain. With no lost of enthusiasm they will improve your skills of freeriding and touring very fast, but they are also involved in professional training. And this last point makes them up to date on every latest trick in the profession.


All the guides speak several languages as French, German and English. If you have any question about your trip you can contact us by phone in the office or send us an email in English, French or Dutch.


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