Tour du Vieux Chaillol in 5 days

Tour du Vieux Chaillol in 5 days

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The Tour du Vieux Chaillol is an off-road GR (hiking trail) linking the high-altitude mountain valley of Valgaudemar with the hedged landscapes of the Champsaur.

Here it is presented in five legs. This long hiking trail skirts the massif, straddles the Champsaur and the Valgaudemar and has its highest point in Vieux Chaillol at an altitude of 3163 m. It links up to the GR54 and has characteristics that are more physical in two spots: Villar-Loubière in the Valgaudemar, and the Pre de la Chaumette refuge.


From the hamlet of Paris, continue along the irrigation canal and enter the long narrow Valgaudemar valley. From Villar-Loubière to the Pré de la Chaumettre hut via the Vallonpierre, Gouiran and La Vallette passes, the itinerary gains height as does the landscape with the magnificent Gioberney glacial cirque. This section is in common with the GR54 trail. Greater effort is necessary but the reward is in the setting and the high mountain atmosphere. This leg is situated almost entirely in the Ecrins National Park. Then the Champsaur will be then be walked on a ledge.  From the Pré de la Chaumette hut, in the Champoleon valley, go along the impetuous Drac Blanc stream that leads into a bleak valley. From an east-west orientation, it bends to widen out and become north-south oriented, giving way to green pastures and hamlets. It is a wide valley that is influenced by the Mediterranean, and enchanting due to its more rural and mountainous landscape, its hamlets and villages with their tiled roofs and its light larch forests.

  • Departure : Hameau des Paris, Saint-Jacques-en-Valgaudemar
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Jacques-en-Valgodemard, Saint-Maurice-en-Valgodemard, Villar-Loubière, La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar, Champoléon, Saint-Jean-Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Michel-de-Chaillol, Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, Bénévent-et-Charbillac, Les Infournas, La Motte-en-Champsaur, Les Costes, and Chauffayer

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Refer to the specific guidelines for each leg.

Herd protection dogs

In mountain pastures, protection dogs are there to protect the herds from predators (wolves, etc.).

When I hike I adapt my behavior by going around the herd and pausing for the dog to identify me.

Find out more about the actions to adopt with the article "Protection dogs: a context and actions to adopt".
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Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

House of Champsaur

, 05260 Pont-du-Fossé 92 55 95 44

Information and documentation, temporary exhibitions. Sale of products and works of the Park. In the same space, home office Tourist High Champsaur. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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Tourisme Office of Champsaur & Valgaudemar

Les Barraques, 05500 La Fare en Champsaur 92 49 09 35
Open all year: Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and 14pm to 18pm.
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Valgaudemar Park house

Ancien Asile Saint-Paul, 05800 La Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar 92 55 25 19

Information, documentation and a reception area with permanent and temporary exhibitions. La Maison du Parc is labeled "Tourism and Disability". Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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On the Grenoble-Gap bus route, stop at Saint-Firmin (2 km from Paris)

Access and parking

From the N85, take the D16 towards Lallée where you will follow the D16a and the D316. Take the first road on the right after Entrepierre.

Parking :

At the hamlet of Paris

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Parc national des Ecrins

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