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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

Day 10 : Ceillac – Mont Dauphin 20th June 2013

Stayed at the gite “Les Baladins” last night. 17,5euros for a clean dorm bed, kitchen, wifi and nice outdoor…surely great dinner is served there too (did not try)

Ceillac is a very nice Queyras style village. Little bit touristy (lots of shops for such a small place…)

Last night in the dorm, shared the room with a 71 years old man hiking GR5 southbound.

I asked him : “What is your secret to stay so fit sir ?”

He said : ” I am walking 20-30km everyday on flat ground. I live in Toulouse. I am on my way to finish my 5th GR20 and i think it is the last one”

GR20 is in Corsica …and he was doing GR5 before and he was going to go Col de Girardin (loaded with snow still on the final approach) and with bad weather condition.

Did not have time to talk more to him. He went to bed around 8:30pm

When i woke up 5:50am this morning. He was already gone…without a noise. Going for Col de Girardin with the snow and uncertain weather condition….What a brave man he is !

Little bit of showers, wind and sun came in different orders today. Must have been very hard and cold today at Col de Girardin…

The Via Alpina separates from GR5 shortly after Ceillac. Started walking at about 7:15am

It goes through laces in woods to Col de Bramousse first 2251m. Reached there at 8:30am.

Descent to Les Bramousses in the woods. Get nice photo opportunities of Queyras style house/farm.

Reached the road at 1200m to start a steep way up following rad laces then very steep laces in the woods.

The climb up to reach Refuge de Furfande is quite intense and steep (i like it)

Reached Refuge de Furfande 2299m at 12:15am.

Laure the owner, little bit rough woman but she gave me information about what way i could take in the next couple of days.

Her employee Rosa from Italia is way more talkative and easy going. They make a good team i think : like sweet and sour 🙂

Ate the Omelette du randonneur 9euros + 2euros for 1/4 red wine

Left refuge de Furfande around 1:30pm.

On the way very scenic/photographic Granges de Furfande

And on the way to Col Garniet spot a group of 15-20 Mouflons/Muflones (don t know english word for this animal)

Videotaped them..just great…

Reached Col Garnier 2279m at 2:20pm

The via alpina follows GR541 now and it goes down in woods steeply in the direction if Mont Dauphin.

Nice view of the Gorges du Guil. Also called Gorges du Queyras.
Here 3 rivers joins : Guil, Chagne and Durance

Mont Dauphin is a Fort build by Vauban..quite interesting

Staying at gite le glacier bleu. Olivier & Laure are just very nice and helped me out with some grocery because there is nothing here…

Great value for money. 16,5euros for a private room with shower

Arrive Glacier bleu gite at 6:10pm.
Quite a long day today

Walking time : 8h30
Resting time : 2h25
Distance covered : 36.9km
Altitude : 1076m


Arriving to Ceillac Queyras regional park



Old style house in Ceillac



Washing machine : mountain style


Church/Chapel in Ceillac


Col des Bramousses





Camino de santiago meets via alpina and GR58





Granges de Furfande




Col Garnier just ahead


View from Col Granier


On the way down to Mont Dauphin


Mont Dauphin


Day 9 : Colle Del Maurin – Ceillac 19th June 2013

Need to finish yesterday Day 8 because the afternoon after lunch break in Italy at Campo Base Chiappera was quite amazing…

Started hiking happy and full from the delicious food served at Campo Base.

Leaving at about 2:45pm sunny at the beginning then little showers and cloudy weather came. Temperature dropped quickly.

Reached Colle del Maurin/Col de Mary 2641m at 5:20pm

Little bit of snow but easy access.
From there the Via Alpina is going down to Maljasset. I checked the IGN map and wanted to checked out the bivouac Marinet near Marinet lakes. I went up a little more to reach Col de Marinet 2784m. Only snow from Colle del Maurin

Reached Col de Marinet at 6:10pm

Really great view from there. Wished again i had a snowboard with me because the way down to Marinet lakes was just nice and smooth. Not too steep.just perfect to ride it

I enjoyed going down in the snow quite quickly and smoothly.

Reached the bivouac Marinet shelter around 7pm…1m depth of snow is surronding the stone made shelter…inside there is ice and snow…the night is going to be rough but i had a great day and it is just fantastic here at 2527m.

At about 8:30pm temperature inside the shelter was already below 10C

Distance walked day 8 : 27.2km
Walking time : 7h50
Resting time : 3h40


Col de Mary/Colle del Maurin just ahead in front


Colle del Maurin


View from col de mary/colle del maurin


View from col de Marinet (off the via alpina)


Going down towards bivouac Marinet



Bivouac Marinet/shelter


Dumpster/garbages near Bivouac Marinet…some people don’t like the mountain unfortunately (First time i see this in France)


That’s it for day 8…another great day on the via alpina

Day 9 : Bivouac Marinet – Ceillac

The night in the shelter was rough but it was great. At 6am temperature is about 5C inside the hut.

Little bit cloudy but fine weather.

Going down to Maljasset

2 streams of water to cross on the way down. Meet 2 FR girls going up to Colle Del Maurin/Col de Mary

Arrive Maljasset 8:30am. It’s warm now here. Shortly after starting to go up for col de Girardin. Saw a deer less than 100m ahead (videotaped it)

The way up from Maljasset is very steep until it connects with GR5.

Windy on the way up. Final approach to col de Girardin very steep to avoid remaining snow.

Getting cold and windy at col de Girardin 2674m at 10:30am

Going down quickly in the snow..nice and soft.

Chapelle St Anne and first lake 2415m at 11:10am

Meet Marceau first guy i bumped into going southbound GR5 from Leman lake. He had snow shoes and made few detour in upcoming (for me) Beaufortain area due to heavy snow on flat ground.

Going down steeply from second lake Miroir to reach Melezet at 1pm 1745m

Having lunch great restaurant La Cascade. They are serving local food japanese style (many small portion but many different one)

16euros with a great view on very long cascade just in front of the terrace.

Here very near to Ceillac. Ski resort…seems to have entered Queyras now

It is only 3pm but i am going to take it easy and stays Ceillac which should be 30mins away.

Need to study the route to go to Briancon by GR5. Via Alpina is going to Guillestre, Vallouise and Monetier les bains.Went there last year and want to checked out unwalked areas/town/village

The upcoming route will be clear of major difficulties/passes and it should be easy for the next few days so will probably take it easy, enjoy and prepare the upcoming…


On the way down from Bivouac Martinet to catch up via alpina




Maljasset church



View on Maljasset on the way to Col de Girardin


Col de Girardin


View from col de Girardin


Lake Ste Anne