Chalets in Briancon | Serre Chevalier

Rock Climbing in Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier has many great climb sites from levels 3 to 7+ from bolted, trad, single pitch, multi pitch, bouldering, alpine, ice and via ferratas there is a huge range of climbs and treks to explore.

 

The climbing in Serre Chevalier is situated mostly in the Durance Valley around the towns of Briancon, L'Argentiere-la-bessee & Guillestre, and includes over 75 crags.

 

The rocks here include limestone, quartz and granite among others to provide some really varied climbs to choose from.

 

There is a guidebook available, which covers all the sports routes and some classic Alpine routes in the Haute Alps called 'Escalade en Brianconnais, Haut Val Durance & Queyras'. This is a great book to give you a real overview of the climbs in the area.

 

There is also an outdoor climbing wall in Villeneuve which hosts competitions in the summer.

Hiking and Walking in Serre Chevalier

In Serre Chevalier alone you will find 370km of hiking routes.

 

The Serre Chevalier Valley borders the Ecrins national park which boasts a multitude of wildlife and scenery including 210 of the 440 known bird species in Europe and golden eagles.

 

You can set off from Serre Chevalier on backpack tours, climbs and Glacier hikes.

 

Whether you are looking to discover and explore botany, history or geology or you just want to admire the stunning views, come and stay in Serre Chevalier, a central base to explore the High Alps on foot.

 

There are many experienced guide companies to show you the vast area, with a deep local knowledge.

 

For more information, take a look at alpintrekking.com

Rafting in Serre Chevalier

With 2 major rivers to choose in from Serre Chevalier there is a rafting experience for everyone.

 

The Guisane is a river with plenty of rapids and drops perfect for the white water rafting experience.

 

The Durance is a river that is calmer, perfect for beginners and children (from 6 years old).

 

Rafting is a great team sport, and a great way to discover the valley. With half day or full day excursions available and qualified instructors there is a river trip for everybody.

 

From May to September Serre Chevalier in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region experiences a medditeranean climate, with rivers fed by Glaciers so rafting here gives you a totally refreshing experience.

 

Just 20 minutes drive from the valley lies a slalom course at l'Argentière la Bessée which hosts the European Kayak Championships in early July each year.

Mountain Biking in Serre Chevalier

There is a huge amount of mountain bike trails in Serre Chevalier, from climbs to descents, forests to parstures, rivers and lakes, there is so much to explore by bike in the beautiful mountains in the Guisane Valley.

 

  • 65km of downhill trails.
  • 24 mountain biking tracks between 1200m and 2550m
  • There are also 3 terminal services for Mountain bikes are available for free (wash – inflation) up and down the valley.

 

There are also various biking events and competitions held up and down the valley all summer.

Road Biking in Serre Chevalier

The Briançon region is a 'mecca' for road biking enthusiasts.

 

You will discover amazing scenery full of contrasts, from small winding roads to great open routes and some of the most famous climbs and descents in the world of cycling.

 

The Tour De France regularly passes through the valley of Serre Chevalier so come here to cycle around Briançon along the roads used by some great cyclists, such as Eddy Merckx, Fausto Coppi and Lance Armstrong.

 

  • The Col du d’Izoard (2361m) is one of the most famous road cycling routes. Our accomodation is situated on the Col d'Izoard in the Beautiful village of Fontchristianne, just above Briançon, which is where the Col d'Izoard begins. The road climbs up through beautiful forests and arrives at the pass where you get panoramic views of the Briançon and Queyras region. From here you can descend from the Col going down a 'moonscape' in the heart of the Alps. Length 20km – Height gain 1141m.

  • The Col du Galibier (2645m) is a beautiful mountain pass. When you reach the top of this huge monument that nature created you get super views of the glaciers and summit of the Meije (3987m). Start at Col du Lautaret – Length 8.5km – Height gain 585m.

  • The Col du Granon (2413m) was a part of the Tour de France in 1986. From the top you are will have magnificent views over the Guisane valley, the Barre des Ecrins (4102m) and the Meije and after this beautiful climb up, you’ll really appreciate the cycle down! Length 16.7km – Height gain 1200m.

 

There are a range of other cycling routes that are even closed to cars in the summer for your convenience and a great experience.

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