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The Great Crossing of Vercors

Winter adventure in the Canada of Europe.



Vercors Natural Park

The Vercors is a limestone massif located in France, near Grenoble, in the Rhone-Alpes region, whose highest point is 2,341 m. Its orography is varied. It forms a plateau that rises above the plain suddenly without transition. 


From 200 meters of altitude of Royans bed to 2341 meters of the Grand Veymont, all levels of alpine life are represented here.


Besides, there is a transition location between the Northern and Southern Alps. All this gives an exceptional vegetable wealth to the massif (over 1,800 species) and exciting wildlife, dominated by some spectacular species such as ibex, chamois, grouse, large raptors and even mouflon.

Day 1

Reception at Grenoble and departure to Combeau Valley. In the afternoon presentation of the program and preparation of materials. Night at the shelter of Combeau. Dinner

Day 2

Breakfast. In the morning we leave from the 1,370 meters of altitude to the north along the valley of Combeau. We ascend slowly through an undulating terrain, gaining more spectacular views of the plateau to reach the highest point (1,759m). From Creuson we continue down the plateau to reach the unsaved shelter of Chamailloux (1,669 m).

(Breakfast, picnic and dinner)

Day 3

After breakfast we put on snowshoes or skis to continue the adventure by the PN of Vercors, also called the Canada of Europe. During the first part of the route, we ascend a little more and then descend again through forests along the western edge of the nature reserve. The view over the Beure plateau is magnificent. Spend the night in an unsaved shelter, Pré Peyret (1,600 m).

(Breakfast, picnic and dinner).

Day 4

From the refuge we head north along the GR91. We cross the heart of the Vercors with stunning views over the highest peak of the Grand Veymont Natural Park (2.341m) Crossing plateaus and forests in a varied terrain, we sail with pulkas by the wildest part of the Vercors. Night in unsaved refuge Jasse Play.

(Breakfast, picnic, dinner).

Day 5

Passing through the vast forests of the Vercors, similar to the taiga, we follow the GR91 passing under the Rocheherbe ridges and peaks of Malaval and Grand Moucherelle.

We descend the famous canyon des Erges to reach areas of meadow covered with snow. In a land of adventure going up and down, through the Nordic skiing tracks we come to our final point, the parking of shelter Hauts-Plateaux to 1.153 metres of altitude. Transfer to Grenoble or departure to Barcelona.

(Breakfast, picnic)

 February - March

Winter adventure in the Canada of Europe.

This traverse is an ejoying winter adventure with snowshoes or cross skis with pulka in a natural wild environment like you’re in Lapland.

On this trip we cross the Vercors plateau from south to north, from Valle Combeau to Corrençon-en-Vercors in 4 days with a total of approx. 50 km. It is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to enter in the “Arctic” world. During the voyage we will sleep in cabins or shelter tents.

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