This walk is part of the trek Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range.
Quite a long stage but a steady route. A climb up to Col de Mary then a long downhill hike all the way to the shelter, in Chiaperra, Italy.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start from Maljasset. The route follows "Tour du Chambeyron" GRP.
(S) Follow the little road that slowly heads up to the north-east. Go past Maurin church and head down towards Ubaye River.
(1) Cross the footbridge over Ubaye River. Start heading east-south-east entering a wooded area. Head up a windy hill leading to an area with lawns to the left-hand side. Head south. Go past "Bergerie Inférieure de Mary" (sheepfold).
(2) Ignore the trail heading off to the right towards Lacs de Marinet, rapidly going past "Bergerie Supérieure de Mary". Head south-east going up a steady slope towards Col de Mary.
(3) Head down due south-east. Cross a ledge. Head downhill again, turn then gradually head off due south reaching a trail.
(4) Promptly leave the trail to head south on a path. Head off to the left (south-east) remaining alongside the right bank of a torrent. Shortly before regain the trail, turn off to the right to reach refuge Campo Base.
D : mi 0 - alt. 6250ft - Refuge de Maljasset
1 : mi 0.45 - alt. 6283ft - Footbridge over Ubaye River - Ubaye (rivière)
2 : mi 2.3 - alt. 7444ft - Bergerie Inférieure de Mary
3 : mi 3 - alt. 7766ft - Junction shortly before Bergerie Supérieure de Mar
4 : mi 3.07 - alt. 7792ft - Bergerie Supérieure du Marinet
5 : mi 4.52 - alt. 8665ft - Col de Mary
6 : mi 7.28 - alt. 6545ft - Grande Collet
A : mi 9.28 - alt. 5348ft
In Maljasset: shelter run by the C.A.F. (French family allowance fund) open from June to November, catering. Phone: 04 92 84 34 04.
In Chiappera: refuge Campo Base, catering. Phone 0039 - (0)1 71 99 068.
No drinking water sources during the trek apart from at the shelters so bring water supplies with you.
1/25000 scale map is a must. A compass wouldn't hurt...
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
An outstanding high mountain setting.
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Reaching over 3000 metres in altitude, Aiguilles de Chambeyron and Brec de Chambeyron form an impressive mountain range halfway between Queyras and the Moncantour. This hike offers a trek with no techincal difficulty, with passes over 2700 m in altitude and a summit of over 3000 m. Set in an outstanding landscape and for the most part within a high mountain setting.
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