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The 3-day Vallée de la Clarée trek is perfect for some family-friendly hiking adventures and a short alternative for the Tour du Mont Thabor and GR57. The Grande Randonnée (GR57) is better known as the Tour du Mont Thabor. This is a loop around the lesser known but still very prominent Mont Thabor, in Vallée de la Clarée in the Hautes-Alpes. Vallée de la Clarée is a sheltered, dead-end valley north of the fortified town of Briancon, on the border between France and Italy and forms part of the unspoilt Massif des Cerces. There are no ski slopes or other large-scale tourism, this valley is there only for hikers, cyclists, and other nature lovers. When doing the full circuit, you can expect a total distance of around 85 kilometers and more than 5,000 meters of elevation gain. You don't have to, though. Tour du Mont Thabor is easily broken up into pieces.
Arrival in Névache
Bonjour! Welcome to France. Today you arrive in Névache and are expected in a pleasant accommodation in the village. Your overnight stay includes breakfast.
Hôtel L'Echaillon (Névache)
From Névache to Refuge Buffère
It's only a short walk from Névache to your first refuge for the night, but it does come with a nice steep climb to get the legs moving. Over a distance of (only) 4 kilometers, you are tackling almost 500 meters of vertical gain. If you started early, you are likely to have the entire afternoon at Refuge Buffère to yourselves. You can use this time to discover the area. If it's a hot day, you can take the kids to Lac du Privé, a tiny mountain lake at 2,300 meters that allows for a quick cold dip and plenty of fun.
Refuge Buffère to Refuge de Ricou
What goes up, must come down. Today you descend via a different trail than yesterday. In the valley you walk parallel to the stream Clarée through a beautiful larch forest. The water of the stream may look tempting, but it can get really cold. On your right, you will find the small hamlet of Fontcouverte. From here, it is a steady uphill walk to Refuge de Ricou at 2,115 meters.
Refuge de Ricou
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Booking the huts
We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Tour du Mont Thabor for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
Full travel guide
We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Tour du Mont Thabor, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek
During your Tour du Mont Thabor, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.
Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.
Accommodation before and after the tour
Accommodation before and after the trek is included. Breakfast is part of your stay.
Traveling to and from
You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.
Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.
Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
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