Rando Guillestrois

Escreins - Cugulet

5 h 30
Duration
Difficult
Difficult
Loop
Loop
16 km
Total Length
950 m
Ascent
950 m
Descent
Uses
  • Pedestrian

Departure : Vars, Val d'Escreins → Arrival : Vars, Val d'Escreins

A trail where levels of vegetation and landscapes unfold. You will go through the protected and preserved Val d’Escreins nature reserve that will lead you to the ridges of Agnès and their breath-taking view over the Guillestre area and the Écrins.

The itinerary starts at the Val d'Escreins car park. Go through the Rif Bel, turn left towards the refuge of Basse-Rua. Take the trail to your right that goes into the pasture and then under cover of the trees. At about 50 meters, do not take the descending trail to your left and stay on the trail to the right. A bit further, take the ascending trail to your right. After walking through several ravines, the trail becomes more abrupt and steeper (ladders and cables). It then goes meandering into the forest and crosses over a streambed. At the junction, take the trail ascending to the right toward Pic d’Escreins. You will reach the ridges of Agnès by a gravel path. At the summit, you will enjoy a 360-degree view: Massif of the Écrins, Queyras, Font-Sancte, Mont-Blanc… Walk along the crests of Cugulet via a quite exposed trail up to the summit of Cugulet (2.520 m), then up to the summit of Combe-Chauve (2.483 m), where the Guillestre area lays in front of you. From here, the trail descends into the woods and reaches the forestry track. Turn left on the path toward the hut of Cugulet. Go past the hut and climb up toward the ridges of Agnès. There, you will find the trail you took on the way up.

Topoguide

"HIKING, On foot in the Guillestrois – Great WALKS" - Guidebook sold in tourism offices in the area.

Access

From Guillestre, take the road to Vars. After a few kilometres, turn left towards Val d’Escreins and keep going until you reach the refuge of Basse-Rua.

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On the way...
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Notre-Dame de Combe Chauve

Au sommet de Combe-Chauve, Notre-Dame-de-Combe-Chauve veille sur le Guillestrois. Cette petite statue est l’œuvre de Marc Combe, ancien exploitant de la carrière de marbre rose de Guillestre, originaire du Piémont. Son installation, à 2483 m, a nécessité qu’elle soit sectionnée en deux parties, héliportée et reconstituée sur place.

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Village d'Escreins

Les ruines que vous voyez sont celle du village d'Escreins ou Basse Rua. A l’origine, les premières bâtisses furent érigées à l’initiative de quelques Varsincs ayant constaté que les terrains du Val d’Escreins étaient propices à la culture céréalière. Puis l’activité s’orienta vers l’élevage. L’hiver, ses habitants regagnaient Vars ou Guillestre. Déjà dépeuplé par l'exode rural du 19ème siècle, le village est définitivement abandonné suite à l'incendie de 1916. En l’absence des hommes mobilisés pendant la guerre, il ne put être sauvé.

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 1781 m - Max : 2730 m

Distance (m)

 

Advices

Climbing up towards the ridges of Agnès, the trail is steep and you will have to use cables and ladders. Be careful.

See also

Markings
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