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Day 12 : Refuge de Pousterle – Briancon 22nd June 2013

Nice and quiet night up at the plateau de Poustrele area. Woke up 6:50am and packed all and started looking for sunshine at 7:10am

Reached Col de Pousterle 1763m 7:20am. Nice view on the Ecrins national park there too.

Going down to Les Vigneaux. Lowest point at 1100m. Got there at 8:30am.

Via Alpina is going to Vallouise from there. I have hiked the GR54 Tour des Ecrins last summer. I know the trail in between Vallouise and Monetier les Bains (don’t want to walk it again that soon)

Beautiful Lac de l’Eychauda there, it worth going.

Leaving the Via Alpina at Les Vigneaux at 10:30am following GR50 steeply until it reached le bois du clot 1573m at 11:15am

Going up still (little bit) then down towards Bouchier now in the woods.GR50 still.

At Bouchier nice little village with stone houses 12am 1500m

GR50 goes up to Puy st andre (marked 4h from Bouchier) but decide to follow down GR653D (camino de santiago) to reach Briancon the easy way.

Reached Prelles 12:50am by road 😦

lots of road on camino de santiago trail. GR653D is no exception

“You cure the head by the foot” said to me once a Belgium camino friend.

Get in Briancon quite early : 3:30pm

Meet a guy getting logs in for the winter. Talkative retired man. Told me where Luc Alphand was living :-),etc… (videotaped it)

Did some laundry + internet shit and get a bed at Gite “Le petit phoque” 16,8 euros (1km off Briancon) on the GR5

Tomorrow should be going on the GR5C and crash somewhere….

Got fresh clean clothes, food and well rested. Weather should remain fine and clear for the next couple of days

Distance walked : 27.5km
Walking time : 6h
Resting time : 3h20
Altitude : 1346m


Morning view from refuge de Pousterle area


House in Les Vigneaux




View of L’Agentière la Béssee



House Bouchier village





Porte D’Embrun Briancon Vauban piece of art


Briancon old street


Briancon Collegiale


Briancon Templar House


Briancon old street


Briancon Collegiale from Outside

Day 11 : Mont Dauphin – Refuge de Pousterle 21st June 2013

Left the gite Le glacier Bleu owned by Laure & Olivier (montagne guide) at 7:40am.

Woke up 6am. Laure got me a baguette for free for the day.

Felt i did not rested well enough and did not want to hike back up in the Queyras regional park.

I just followed the via alpina down the main noisy main road.

Mont Dauphin is a great place to start or end a trip (train station there) but today starts slowly…walking on roads….

The via alpina is not marked very well and i got lost a couple of times before i finally find the right path. It must follow road then path then road again and it has to get the eyes only on the map all time (not fun)

When i got up a little bit i stopped to eat something about 10:30am thinking it was gonna be a transition day before interesting Alpine action comes back..

The via alpina is there following GR50 in between Queyras regional park and Ecrins national park.

The via alpina is in the trees mostly which makes it a nice easy stroll…

Transition day…road,path PR, road, path following GR then forest and singing birds all morning until i got to Champcella

Champcella to Pallon follows GR541

Entering Vallee de Freissinieres 1:10pm

Starts to get interesting after monotony this morning

Freissinieres around 1:45pm 1200m

Got some food from closed Traiteur shop: Aux petits oignons

Just nice owner willing to help

It says the shop was closed but i saw people working so i came by

“Bonjour, excuse me i know you are closed but do you have any food for sale?”

The young girl owner came out and said :
“Are you very hungry ? I can make this and this”

“yes great i still have food i am ok but i am willing to take anything you have”

She brought me some Ratatouille stuff, half a camembert, some homemade terrine, bread, salami, a piece of melon, 3 compotes and 3 madeleines all for 10euros

Ate some of my just purchased lunch at the Auberge/bar in Freissineres.got a beer there. Old lady (taking care of the shop while her daughter : the owner was away) videotaped inside her old house

Starting hiking up 2:45pm

Reached col des lauzes 1837m at 4:10pm in the trees

Nice view through trees on L’argentiere la bessee down in the vallee and also Briancon in the background

Going down 1500m before up again to Col de Pousterle

Steep to reach plateau de Pousterle 1730m. Reached there at  6:40pm. Refuge is still closed (off season)
Beautiful view from here on Ecrins national park peak : Tete de Dormillouse

Bivouac and campfire for the night . Great way to end up a not so promising start

Distance walked : more than 31km
Altitude : 1730m
Walking time : more than 7h30
Resting time : more than 2h

NB: should have took the option following GR5 at Furfande and not coming down to Mont Dauphin..will have to come back for Tour du Queyras GR58


Fontaine petrifiante : Durance river natural wonder


Durance river





Refuge de Pousterle area view 1700m