GR trails in Alpes de Haute Provence. In the middle of the Sud Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, from May to October, the Alpes de Haute Provence offers the freshness of the Alps under the Provencal sun : Mediterranean climate.
Backpacking hikes on the footpaths and trails of the Alpes de Haute Provence.
Refuge d’Art Andy Goldsworthy
« Refuges d’art »: The biggest collection in the world of the works of Andy Goldsworthy is in Digne-les-Bains, in the Alpes de Haute-Provence. To be visited on foot, with your rucksack…
« Refuges d’art » is a 150 km hiking itinerary by Andy Goldsworthy linking the three valleys of Digne-les-Bains, in the northern part of the Geological Reserve of Haute Provence. On the road, the hiker can discover 9 buildings which have been renovated, and each one housing a durable work by Andy Goldsworthy:
- River of Earth – Musée Gassendi – Digne-les-Bains
- Refuge d’Art – Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine – Thoard
- Refuge d’Art – La Forest – Saint-Geniez
- Sentinelle – Vallée de Vançon – Authon
- Sentinelle – Vallée du Bès – Clues de Barles – La Robine-sur-Galabre
- Refuge d’Art – Vieil Esclangon – Clues de Barles – La Javie
- Refuge d’Art – Col de l’Escuichière – Le Brusquet
- Refuge d’Art – Ferme Belon – Draix
- Sentinelle – Vallée de l’Asse – Tartonne
- Refuge d’Art – Bains Thermaux – Digne-les-Bains
- Tours, itineraries and site plans are available on the dedicated website (in english).
- Musée Gassendi in Digne-les-Bains (in english)
The hikes of the Route Napoléon
This starts in Golfe Juan where the Emperor landed on 1st March 1815 on his return from Elba on his way to Grenoble over the col Bayard. A 325-km road which, in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, goes through Castellane, Barrême, Digne-les-Bains, Malijai and Sisteron. Accompanied by a professional guide, you will discover part of the road followed by Napoleon and his followers in March 1815. The sections used at the time have been renovated and travellers can take a trip back through history in magnificent surroundings.
The route of the « Route Napoléon à pied » is a 165 km long hiking trail (GR®406) linking Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) to Sisteron (Alpes de Haute-Provence).
The route of the « Route Napoléon à cheval » is an equestrian trekking route along 360 km of marked and equipped trails for riders, connecting Grasse (Alpes-Maritimes) to Vizille (Isère).
The Pilgrims’ Ways to Saint-James of Compostella and Rome – GR® 653D – Les chemins de pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle et de Rome
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.
- Buy the Topoguide GR ® 653D / Sentier vers Saint-Jacques de Compostelle : Montgenèvre – Arles on our website (in french)
- Buy the Topoguide Le pays de Haute-Provence – guide de découvertes par les chemins on our website (in french)
- more details on the hiking route (in french)
Circuit Retrouvance® Haut-Verdon – Val d’Entraunes
A 6-day nature hike between alpine lakes and larch forests in the heart of the Mercantour National Park
With « Retrouvance » hikers discover natural shows and treasures, under a clear blue sky.
This glaciers, with its high lakes, torrents, waterfalls, basins and deep gorges, are punctuated by age-old roads which link the Var, Verdon and Ubaye valleys. From the village of Peyresq, at 1525 meters, where you arrive by the picturesque Pignes train, to the lake of Allos, the highest mountain lake in Europe, 6 days of hiking through sites marked by traditional activities such as pastoralism or forest stewardship . These lands, which are now preserved, give the watchful walker the chance to see many original animals and plants.
« Retrouvance »: a warm welcoming accommodation and an original organization.
The ONF (forest commission) is open its forest relays, in old renovated houses in mountain tradition which offers a good level of comfort.
The hikers are supervised by a regional guide who has been specially trained for this circuit.
Your luggage is transferred from stopover to stopover, relieving you of your heavy rucksack. The food is prepared by locals using regional produce.
GR®4 the « provençal » (410 km)
(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 Blanc 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.
Grande Traversée des Préalpes – GTPA 190 km
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.
This crossing of the Haute-Provence of 9 days, can be divided at will since the rail and road accesses are numerous and well-off.
It is possible to do Sisteron – Digne-les-Bains in 3 days (with return by bus), and Digne-les-Bains – Annot or Entrevaux in 5 or 6 days (with return train Pignes).
Tours de Lure : « Au pays de Giono »
« 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.
Pays du Viso : Between France and Italy
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.
GR®6 : From Ubaye to 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.
Tours du Haut Verdon
The high valley of 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.
Franco-Italian trekking from Digne-les-Bains to Cuneo
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 (Italy).
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.
La Routois a transborder itinerary which links the Plaine de la Crau (Bouches du Rhône) to the Stura valley (Italy), along the routes followed by the herds of sheep that used to go up to the mountain pastures every summer.
La Routo is 500 km on the transhumance routes, including 250 km in the Alpes de Haute Provence from the plains of lower Provence to the Alpine valleys of the Piedmont.
The La Routo project aims at implementing and hosting an itinerary along the route taken by this great historic transhumance. It will be both a hiking and a riding itinerary.
The final route is in the process of being defined (itinerary not yet developed). It will follow many of the existing routes and in particular the Grande Randonnée and Petite Randonnée trails as well as VTT and riding itineraries.