GR trails in Alpes de Haute-Provence
The Pilgrims’ Ways to Saint-James of Compostella and Rome – GR® 653D
(marked white and red):
The Way of Saint James of Compostella which closely follows the Domitian Way linking Rome to Spain goes trough Haute-Provence from Italy; a 145 km-itinerary from Venterol to Cereste dotted with very beautiful sites and monuments.
Le GR®4 le « Provençal »
(410 km): From the back country of Grasse to the Rhône valley, this offers the most beautiful landscapes in Provence. It joins up with the Verdon, crossing the the Grand Canyon via the famous « sentier Martel« .
It continues on over the vast lavender fields of the Valensole plateau, to the hills of Manosque and the Luberon Natural Regional Park before arriving at Mont Ventoux.
La Grande Traversée des Préalpes
GTPA 190 km Like the Grande Traversée des Alpes its « older sister », this hike goes from north to south, from Sisteron to Entrevaux. Here, the mountains are gentler, more welcoming, on a more human scale.
Forests, plateaus, Alpine pastures and villages show off their finery to happy hikers.
They discover, at their own rhythm, the villages and landscapes of Haute Provence: Vallée du Buech, montagne de Lure, citadel of Sisteron, Digne-les-Bains the spa town, Vallée du Verdon; all of them names with a Provencal lilt.
Les Tours de Lure
« Au pays de Giono » The long ridge of the montagne de Lure is an impressive natural boundary, with the torrents of its north-facing slope flowing down into the picturesque Jabron valley.
By comparison, the south-facing slope of the mountain offers a landscape where the importance of man’s presence and the hold of agriculture become more and more visible.
The pays de Forcalquier surrounded by many dales, is very varied, as are its superb villages filled with character: Simiane la Rotonde, Banon, Mane, Ongles, Saumane, Saint Etienne Les Orgues.
Le pays du Viso
Between France and Italy, straddling the French-Italian border over about forty kilometres, this area of the Alps is perfect for hiking on developed circuits. The border coincides here with the divide and winds between the Col de Larche and the Col du Longet, in the Ubaye and Ubayette valleys.
Le GR®6 : de l’Ubaye au Luberon
Running down from Haute Ubaye, this gives views of high mountain areas where the trail goes over the col de la Pare at an altitude of 2655 metres.
Little by little it leaves the rocks and Alpine pastures to enter the forests of the valleys La Blanche and Le Vançon.
After Sisteron, the landscapes and smells of Haute Provence mark the rest of the hike before crossing the montagne de Lure that Giono loved so much.
Les Tours du Haut Verdon
The haute vallée du Verdon, upstream of the great Canyon, is unquestionably part of the Alpine domain. Bordered to the West by the peaks of the haute Bléone it communicates to the North with the Ubaye valley beyond the high ridges of the Col d’Allos.
To the East, you can see the lac d’Allos and Mont Pelat (at an altitide of 3050 m, this is the easiest of the « Alpine three thousand »), the gems of the Mercantour National Park.
Trekking Franco-italien de Digne-les-Bains à Cunéo
The territory we want you to discover and hike on, is a high-mountain area, but on a human-scale, in the Eastern part of the Alpes de Haute-Provence and the Western part of the Province of Cuneo.
This is a vast Alpine mountain area, made up of 8 valleys which are inhabited all year round, and scattered on both sides of the “border”.
GR®56 Tour de l’Ubaye
(145 km, marked white and red): From passes to lakes, discover the heritage of the Mercantour Park and the Ubaye.
In an exceptionally lush green setting, you can go through several typical villages in the 6 days where you can stay in huts or stopover gites.
Massif des Monges
The Massif des Monges is the scene of an incredible natural and geological wealth. Several marked trails enable the hiker to discover over 6 days the landscapes of this area shared by five and which is a must: Authon, Bayons, Barles, Auzet and Selonnet.