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Vallouise / Les Vigneaux / L'Argentière-la-Bessée / Freissinières
Vallouise / Argentiérois
Parc national des Ecrins (zone périphérique)
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B Dirt track
C Mule trail
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R129 Vallouise » Freissinières
  |   9h05   |   21 km   |   1177 m   |   1149 m

Leaving Vallouise, Via Alpina passes close to the hamlet of Vigneaux before climbing along the GR® 50 “Tour du Haut Dauphiné” to the Pousterle pass. It crosses the Fournel valley and its old silver mines and climbs again to the Lauzes pass, from where you can see the Durance valley. Finally, it reaches the village of Freissinières, the stage destination at the heart of the valley by the same name.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1168 m
| B  0.9 km / 0h20
Pont de Gérendoine
1168 m
| B  0.3 km / 1h05
X D4 / D994E
1161 m
| B  4.6 km / 0h10
Les Vigneaux
1107 m
| D  4 km / 2h15
Col de la Pousterle
1776 m
| B  3.1 km / 1h25
Pont du Fournel
1354 m
| D  4.7 km / 2h10
Col des Lauzes
1817 m
| D  3.4 km / 1h40
1188 m
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  • Tof - 2015-05-01
    Trieste-Monaco le 2/10/14

    Belle journée et végétation maintenant méridionale. Depuis la descente du col de la pousterle superbe vue sur l'amont du vallon du Fournel avec les hauts sommets autour.

    Attention lors de la remontée sur le Col des Lauzes, ai perdu le balisage (par inattention ou mauvais marquage). Vers le col quelques bergeries et un refuge.

    Le temps de regarder les chiens rassembler les brebis et installation du bivouac au col des Lauzes, temps clément, une de mes meilleurs nuits dehors !
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 10/2/14 Beautiful day and now southern vegetation. Since the descent of the beautiful view Pousterle collar on the upstream of the Fournel valley with the peaks around. Be careful during the ascent of the Col des Lauzes, have lost the markup (for inattention or bad marking). To the pass few sheep and a refuge. Time to watch the dogs gather the sheep and installing the bivouac at the Col des Lauzes, mild weather, one of my best nights out!
  • Thierry M - 2013-12-17
    Monaco - Trieste

    From Fressinieres to Col des Lauzes..took me 1h30 on a sunny afternoon

    Col des Lauzes to Col de Pousterle took me another 2h30..there is a newly opened refuge in between (cannot recall the name but it is on the trail)

    refuge Pousterle is only open during high season (July-August)..good location to pitch overnight as there is water available there, nice soft grass , plenty of wood and great view other the Ecrins national park

    Possible variante : from Les Vigneaux it is possible to reach Briancon in 5h
  • Tippel - 2012-08-05
    Long distance, but easy to walk. Took a taxi from Les Vigneaux to Col de la Pousterle and saved more than 2h that way. Warm welcome at Hotel Les5saisons.
Last update : 2015-05-15