Tour of Champsaur by mountain bike - 5 days

Tour of Champsaur by mountain bike - 5 days

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Split into five stages, this route offers a refreshing change of scenery on a loop of approximately 150 kilometres and introduces you gently to a Hautes-Alpes area that is full of character.

This long loop introduces you to the essential features of Champsaur, a protected sector in the south of Les Écrins. Five days of immersion in this mountain valley of Mediterranean influence, with varied - and in particular sunny - landscapes awaiting the mountain biker. On this journey, you might come across the orange lily as well as true lavender! Grandiose panoramas over the valley and Les Écrins are guaranteed, an utter pleasure!


The entire circuit, in particular its initial section, is quite fast with no really difficult stretches. The routes along the valley bottoms run gently along farm tracks and quiet little roads. Fortunately, the ascents through forested areas - some of them long - are shaded and lead up to the alpine pastures of each slope. The balcony paths you then use (especially on the very beautiful second stage), run along or drop down via technical and fun singles treks. The day is spent well, with mind and body tested! The beautiful panoramic stopping points encountered all along the physical stretches will be welcomed as an opportunity to eat, contemplate… or have a siesta!

  • Departure : Ancelle
  • Arrival : Ancelle
  • Towns crossed : Ancelle, La Bâtie-Neuve, Forest-Saint-Julien, La Rochette, Gap, Laye, La Fare-en-Champsaur, Poligny, Le Noyer, Chauffayer, Saint-Eusèbe-en-Champsaur, Les Costes, La Motte-en-Champsaur, Les Infournas, Bénévent-et-Charbillac, Saint-Bonnet-en-Champsaur, Saint-Julien-en-Champsaur, Saint-Michel-de-Chaillol, Saint-Jean-Saint-Nicolas, Champoléon, Orcières, Saint-Léger-les-Mélèzes, and Chabottes

Altimetric profile


A trail to be undertaken in autumn (ambiance and colours) rather than spring as the technical stretches are more cyclable after the summer season.

Be sure to train thoroughly before embarking on five days of alpine mountain biking!

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.

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Information desks

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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SNCF train stations at Gap or Grenoble, then daily coaches.

Access and parking

From Gap, first take the N85 and then the D944 and finally the D13.

From Grenoble, after St-Bonnet take the D114 and the D514.

Parking :

Car park at the Ancelle resort


Parc national des Ecrins

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