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From the summits to the key, the magical discovery of the Grande Chartreuse Monastery, the wild beauty of the Hauts-Plateaux, the Entremonts Valley, the encounters: there is no doubt that in the Chartreuse there is a special atmosphere. This crossing is ideal with stages of great diversity, in a preserved environment. Your luggage is transported independently and you will find it every evening. Just carrying a backpack during the day allows you to fully enjoy this itinerary from the high places of the Dauphiné to the capital of the Duchy of Savoy.
Day 01 : Arrival at your first accommodation in Grenoble (210 m) in the late afternoon, dinner and night.
Day 02 : After having climbed the first slopes leading to the Bastille Fortress, the route becomes forest up to Mont Jallat (895 m). The vegetation is almost Mediterranean and you can even hear the cicadas. A gentle descent then leads to the Col de Vence (764 m), the real gateway to the Chartreuse. It is then a succession of beautiful laces that allow to reach the Fort du St Eynard (1310 m), terminus of the first important ascent of the day. The view of the Vercors, the Belledonne range and the Oisans is most impressive. After a horizontal passage on the ridge, the route plunges down to the village of Sappey en Chartreuse (998 m). A regular ascent then leads to the Col de Porte (1326 m).
Difference in altitude: + 1730 m, - 610 m Length: 21 km Hiking time: 8 h 30 min.
Day 03 : Even if it is not in the line of the Traverse, it is essential to tackle the ascent of Chamechaude (2082 m), the highest point of the massif. From this lookout, you will learn how to familiarise yourself with the peaks and valleys of the Chartreuse. We discover the extent of the Chartreuse Highlands and further on, the Vercors and Belledonne massifs. Moreover, we can almost guarantee you the presence of very familiar yellow-billed chocards at the top. Once down to the Col de Porte, a wooded ridge leads you to the tranquility of the mountain pastures of the Charming Som (1669 m). We advise you to climb the summit of the Charming Som (1867 m), from where you discover the valley of the Grande Chartreuse Monastery. The descent into the limestone of the Dalles du Charmant Som offers superb views of St Pierre de Chartreuse, the end of your stage. This commune is one of the most wooded in France and the exploitation of the forest plays an important role.
Height difference : + 1610 m, - 2050 m Length : 27 km Hiking time : 9 h 30 mn
Day 04: This day is to be composed as you wish, to discover the Trail Station of St Pierre de Chartreuse, its equipment and its network of routes. The access pass to all the services is included in your stay.
For example, you can take advantage of the visit (except on Thursdays, included in your stay) of the Correrie du Monastère de la Grande Chartreuse. This museum retraces the history and the austere life of the Carthusian monks, who have been present in this place for more than nine centuries (The monastery cannot be visited).
Day 05: This is the wildest stage of the week, as it takes place in the heart of the Réserve des Hauts de Chartreuse. Under the forest canopy, you reach a balcony itinerary above the Guiers Mort valley and finish the ascent to the Col de Bellefond (1902 m), from where you discover the entire Hauts-Plateaux, from the Dent de Crolles to the Granier. You then head to the heart of the Aulp du Seuil mountain pasture and reach the Habert de la Dame (habert = sheepfold). The descent in the forest ends in the famous Cirque de St Même (859 m) or in the village of St Pierre d'Entremont.
Difference in altitude: + 1270 m, - 1030 m Length: 23 km Hiking time: 8 h 30 min.
Day 06 : St Pierre d'Entremont has the particularity of being located on two departments. This dates back to the time when the village was shared between the kingdom of France and the Duchy of Savoy. At the bridge over the Guiers Vif, you leave France for Savoie and, from village to village, you travel through this valley, dotted with many pastures, to go up the Cozon Valley to Entremont Le Vieux. You have the possibility to visit (at your own expense) the Cave Bear Museum. It is above the village that a very important deposit of ursus spelaeus, dating back more than 25,000 years, has recently been discovered in the cave of the "Balme à Collomb". At the Granges de Joigny (1185 m), you take a last look at Chamechaude, which has served as your landmark all week, and leave the Entremonts valley at the Pointe de la Gorgeat (1485 m). A bucolic itinerary allows you to make the long descent to the heart of the town of Chambéry by taking only a few roads. You will find your luggage.
Arrival expected at the station of Chambéry TGV around 6 pm.
Height difference: + 1100 m, - 1700 m Length: 30 km Hiking schedule