Tour of the Queyras
The GR58 and GR541 in the French Alps
By Alan Castle
The Tour of the Queyras follows the GR58 and half of the GR541 trails. The 12-day Tour described in this guidebook crosses 24 cols, all above 2000m, with options to climb 17 summits of varying difficulty. This route is ideal for those new to Alpine trekking, but also provides optional challenges for the more experienced hiker and hillwalker.
SeasonsMid-June to mid-October without specialist winter walking equipment; refuges particularly busy between 14 July and 15 August; warm, settled weather all summer
CentresNice, Guillestre, Montdauphin, Turin, Abriès, Saint-Véran, Ceillac, Briançon
DifficultySeveral summits can be reached by the ordinary walker, without specialist equipment or skills; other (optional) ascents need more experience; basic route suitable for any fit hillwalker
Must SeeMonte Viso, Pic de Rochebrune, Grand Glaiza, Le Pain de Sucre, Tête des Toillies, Le Grand Queyras, Bric Bouchet, Tête du Pelvas, the Guil valley
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Alan Castle has trekked and cycled in over 30 countries within Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Australasia. A member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, he has written 18 guidebooks, several on long-distance mountain routes in France. An erstwhile national secretary and long-distance path information officer of the Long Distance Walkers Association, Alan now lives at the foot of the Moffat Hills in Scotland.View author profile
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