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Southern Alps — MTB adventures close to the sky

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Southern Alps — MTB adventures close to the sky

Colección de Explore France

10

Rutas

29:18 h

114 km

5.400 m

Do you love the Alps and their wide skies? Are you looking for a sporting challenge and are enraptured by the French way of life? Voilà, this hiking and mountain biking Collection is just right for you.

In the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Hautes-Alpes located in the middle of the French Alps, fans of lonely mountain landscapes will be in their element here. Along the Italian border, the peaks rise to over 3,000 metres (9,840 ft). This high-alpine mountain landscape is under special protection as the core zone of the Mercantour National Park. On the one hand, you can take advantage of the good tourist infrastructure in the skiing and hiking areas and on the other hand, you can walk for kilometres through lonely, almost untouched mountain worlds while enjoying the magnificent panoramas.

We’ve put together seven hiking and three mountain bike Tours for you. From a short walk of just under 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) through the flat valley of Champsaur to a 13-kilometre (8 mi) hike up the Pic de Bure, where you can overcome 1,290 metres (4,230 ft) in altitude and prove your mountain skills, everything is included. For your mountain bike ride, you’ll find a small but fine choice between comfortable and challenging.

Unlike the coast, these remote parts of France are not easily accessible by public transport. Therefore, most visitors prefer to explore the southeast of France with their own car or a rental vehicle. As a result, we’ve designed all these adventures as circular routes, so you don't have to worry about finding public transport back to your starting point.

Public transport might be sparse but you’ll still find a bar or restaurant in almost every town so you can enjoy a delicious French meal or a snack after or during your Tour. As the area is well developed for tourism, there are plenty of hotels, guesthouses or campsites available. You can get an impression of what's on offer on the websites of Logis de France (logishotels.com/de) and Camping France (campingfrance.com/de).

Look forward to a grandiose mountain world with unspoilt landscapes as well as sporting challenges and being pampered ‘like God in France’. Bienvenue en France!

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    01:30
    23,2 km
    15,5 km/h
    380 m
    380 m
    Ruta moderada en MTB. Se necesita buena forma física. Para todos los niveles.

    On this very beautiful mountain bike tour you will discover the valleys around Orpierre, a small town with barely more than 400 inhabitants. You start at about 700 meters altitude and conquer another 380 meters altitude during the round tour. The only difficult part awaits you at the Col de Pierre Vesce after a quite strenuous climb, because you need …

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    02:02
    6,00 km
    2,9 km/h
    350 m
    350 m
    Caminata moderada. Se necesita buena forma física. Sendas de fácil acceso. Para todos los niveles.

    The Lac du Pontet lies at an altitude of 1,982 meters on the northern slope of the Romanche Valley. The view from up here of the glaciers and peaks of the Meije is stunning. The mood is most beautiful when the mountains are bathed in a very special light as the sun sets and the silence is almost tangible.This …

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    00:43
    2,70 km
    3,8 km/h
    30 m
    30 m
    Caminata fácil. Para todos los niveles de forma física. Sendas de fácil acceso. Para todos los niveles.

    A surprising side of the Ecrin massif can be seen in the Champsaur glacier valley: the old cultural landscape with the fields, meadows and forests enclosed in beech and ash hedges is beautiful and so very different from the otherwise rugged rocks and deep valleys of the massif.You start the short walk in the small hamlet of Beaurepaire and …

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    04:44
    11,6 km
    2,5 km/h
    770 m
    780 m
    Caminata difícil. Se necesita buena forma física. Se requiere tener paso firme, calzado adecuado y experiencia en alta montaña.

    This varied hike takes you to the Aiguilles de Chabrières, which are located in alpine terrain at an altitude of over 2,300 meters. On this hike you will overcome about 780 meters in altitude and will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Gapençais and the Réallon Valley.The starting point is the station de Ski de Réallon. You first …

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    00:56
    10,3 km
    11,0 km/h
    230 m
    230 m
    Ruta fácil en MTB. Para todos los niveles de forma física. Para todos los niveles.

    This short mountain bike tour takes you through the valley of Molines-en-Queyras and offers you wonderful views of the valleys of the Aigue Blanche and the Guil. With the exception of a small and somewhat steep section through the forest, you will roll along simple paths in the open landscape.The tour starts at the parking lot of the Chanterane …

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    02:17
    7,16 km
    3,1 km/h
    250 m
    260 m
    Caminata moderada. Se necesita buena forma física. Sendas accesibles en su mayoría. Se requiere tener paso firme.

    You hike through the Gyr Valley, always with a view of the high granite walls, up to the old Alpine hamlet of Ailefroide. In summer this wonderful place is a popular destination for hikers and climbers, because the air is quite cool due to its location.The circular hike starts in Les Claux at the hydroelectric power station. It was …

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    05:43
    12,5 km
    2,2 km/h
    1.080 m
    1.080 m
    Caminata difícil. Se necesita muy buena forma física. Sendas accesibles en su mayoría. Se requiere tener paso firme.

    The beautiful Lacs du Malrif lie under a wide sky and in the midst of a grandiose panorama at an altitude of about 2,600 meters. In order to hike it, your mountain qualities are required, because on this round-trip tour you have to overcome around 1,100 meters in altitude in each direction. You need sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing and a …

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    05:53
    13,2 km
    2,2 km/h
    1.290 m
    1.290 m
    Caminata difícil. Se necesita muy buena forma física. Sendas de fácil acceso. Para todos los niveles.

    The Pic de Bure is located at a height of 2,700 meters in the magnificent landscape of the Dèvoluy massif. The hike is a sporty challenge, because you climb almost 1,300 meters up and back down on the approximately 13-kilometer round trip on stony paths. You walk through Mediterranean forests, stone fields, rocks and a moon plateau. Sounds good to you? Then lace up your sturdy hiking boots, pack weatherproof clothing and provide yourself with enough water and provisions.

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    03:31
    9,59 km
    2,7 km/h
    370 m
    370 m
    Caminata moderada. Se necesita buena forma física. Sendas accesibles en su mayoría. Se requiere tener paso firme.

    The Lauzanier Valley is of glacial origin and until the last century it was heavily used for agriculture. Above all, pastures and hay meadows dominated the valley and favored the emergence of a great variety of plants. For example, from July you can admire large areas with the queen of the Alps, the blue alpine thistle, in many places.You …

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    01:59
    17,5 km
    8,8 km/h
    660 m
    660 m
    Ruta moderada en MTB. Se necesita buena forma física. Para todos los niveles.

    This appealing mountain bike round trip from Barcelonnette rewards you after a long ascent with a wonderful view from the 1,850 meter high Bonnet Vert of the Ubaye valley. The following descent through the forest is just magical.You start in Barcelonnette, the picturesque main town of the Ubaye Valley. There are about nine kilometers ahead of you, first on …

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Información de la Colección

  • Rutas
    10
  • Distancia
    114 km
  • Duración
    29:18 h
  • Desnivel +
    5.400 m

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Southern Alps — MTB adventures close to the sky