Favoris Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range

A Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye walk posted on 07/03/15 by Netra. Update : 27/11/18

Reaching over 3000 metres in altitude, Aiguilles de Chambeyron and Brec de Chambeyron form an impressive mountain range halfway between Queyras and the Moncantour. This hike offers a trek with no techincal difficulty, with passes over 2700 m in altitude and a summit of over 3000 m. Set in an outstanding landscape and for the most part within a high mountain setting.

Technical sheet
Author's time Author's time : 5 days
Distance Distance : 57.54km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 4027m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 4215m
Highest point Highest point : 3283m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1590m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Ubaye Valley
Location Location : Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye (04530)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.524677° / E 6.797058°
Arrival Arrival : N 44.450552° / E 6.847242°
Sunset over Lac Premier and Chambeyron refuge Sunset over Brec du Chambeyron Colle de Ciaslaras

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (1) Fouillouse - Refuge du Chambeyron

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (1) Fouillouse - Refuge du Chambeyron

First stage around the Chambeyron Mountain Range which, after a steady climb, takes you to the shelter with the same name. You'll end up in a breath-taking setting, at the foot of Brec de Chambeyron.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (2) Pointe de Chauvet and Lac Noir

A climb to the highest point of this hike around the Chambeyron mountain range, at over 3000 metres in altitude. A summit offering an unobstructed view over Queyras and the neighbouring mountain ranges. A downhill route allowing a well-deserved rest by a lake.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (3) Refuge du Chambeyron - Maljasset

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (3) Refuge du Chambeyron - Maljasset

The most demanding stage of the hike during which you'll go through at least 4 passes at over 2700 metres in altitude. Beautiful scenery all along the way! The "Lacs Marinet" offer the opportunity for refreshments before the final descent.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (4) Maljasset - Refuge Campo Base

Quite a long stage but a steady route. A climb up to Col de Mary then a long downhill hike all the way to the shelter, in Chiaperra, Italy.

Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (5) Refuge Campo Base - Larche

Last stage of this trek around Chambeyron mountain range, taking you back to France through Col de Sautron. You'll find yourself in superb wildlife setting when arriving at the pass.

Useful Information

Overnight stays in stage shelters or gîtes with catering (contact details available on each stage description). You can make enquires towards ordering a picnic for lunch. Apart from the stage refuges and gîtes, there are no shops along the way.

No drinking water sources during the trek apart from at the stage refuges and gîtes so bring water supplies with you.

Mountain gear is essential: hiking shoes, warm clothes, raincoat, possibly hiking poles...

1/25000 scale map is a must. A compass wouldn't hurt...

As this isn't a loop hike, so doesn't go back to your starting point, prepare your transport beforehand:
- Possible parking at Fouillouse (starting point) as well as at Larche (finishing point). If you have to cars you can leave one at each...
Coach services between Barcelonnette, Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye and Larche. Info:
Navettes de la Vallée d'Ubaye or Lignes départementales Bassin d'Ubaye.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3637OTR.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Aiguilles de Chambeyron and Brec de Chambeyron nearby. View points over the neighboring mountain ranges. Stunning high mountain setting.

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First stage around the Chambeyron Mountain Range which, after a steady climb, takes you to the shelter with the same name. You'll end up in a breath-taking setting, at the foot of Brec de Chambeyron.

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Last stage of this trek around Chambeyron mountain range, taking you back to France through Col de Sautron. You'll find yourself in superb wildlife setting when arriving at the pass.

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A climb to the highest point of this hike around the Chambeyron mountain range, at over 3000 metres in altitude. A summit offering an unobstructed view over Queyras and the neighbouring mountain ranges. A downhill route allowing a well-deserved rest by a lake.

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