autumn hautes alpes

 

Autumn

Autumn, with its explosion of colors, is like a real Indian Summer. The sounds of nature become weaker, more silent, almost tempered, as if nature is preparing itself to go to sleep for winter. Combine this with very agreable temperatures and lots of sunshine.  The colors or the larches and aspen reflecting in the water of mountain lakes, snow capped mountains all around, and a blue sky on top of it all, more than meets the eye.  

Use this season to take a last sunbath and fill your lungs with a good dose of fresh air before winter sets in.

And of course, there’s plenty of activities around.

On land

The area around the guest house between Queyras and Ecrins is loaded with hiking trails differing from medium to high altitudes. Enjoy the wildlife and flora in this beautiful area. A trail that links up with the “Tour du Queyras” GR Trail (France’s national trail system) passes right by the house. For more information, visit the du Guillestrois-Queyras website, or go to  Rando – Ecrins and the website of the  Parc du Queyras.

With your partner, your family or friends, if you want challenging sensations or just relaxing walks, in the footsteps of mountain goats or just to explore our flora, the guides from  Montagne Liberté for sure will provide you with custom made tours.

Fans of biking or mountain biking have a large choice between several mythical summets of the Tour de France (le col de l’Izoard, le col Agnel, le col de Vars, le col du Galibier) and a multitude of mountainbike trails.

If you’re into rock climbing, canyoning or via ferrata, if you’d like to take a course to discover or to progress, don’t hesitate to contact  Crescendo.

If you'd like to go mountaineering of climbing, the mountain guide Jean-Philippe Cherbonnier can help you out.  

Are you tempted to discover the beauty of our region on a motorcycle trip?  Find some ideas on the site of   Motorcycle Diaries.

On water

Water is present in many different forms in our region, and accomodates very different sports.
Discover the banks of the lake of Serre-Ponçon, go windsurfing on the blue water, go sailing or just go swimming.

Head of rafting or kayaking on the Guil, the Durance or the Ubaye with professional guides like Karim, Michel or Olivier ( Pure Moment).

If you’d love to go fishing you’ll need to choose between wild rivers like the Guil or the Durance, or calmer water of mountain lakes and the icy blue of the lake of Serre-Ponçon.

In the air

Treat yourself to a discovery flight in a plane or a glider plane, at the  airstrip of St Crépin, at 10 minutes from la Maison du Guil. For a duo flight in parapente you’ll start in Ceillac with  Tête en l’Air.

Several climbing sports as well as Via Ferrata welcome beginners as well as experts.

For your mind

The fortified village of Mont Dauphin, a Unesco World Heritage Site is just a short walk away. The town’s architecture – designed by Vauban in the late 17th century and executed in local rose colored stone – is particularly harmonious. The site offers guided tours, horse shows in summer and a variety of exhibits.

The old town of Embrun, a 20 minutes drive away, has a fine architectural heritage. Don’t miss Notre Dame du Real, a cathedral built in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Archbishop’s Palace with its Tour Brune, as well as the historical centre’s houses, sundials and fountains.

If you go just a bit further, overlooking lake Serre-Ponçon you’ll discover the wonderful Abbaye de Boscodon, a 12th century structure of which the architecture is reminiscent of primitive Cistercian art. It’s privileged location above the lake of Serre-Ponçon is truly unique.