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Cirque d'Archiane

  • Author: TrailExplorer

Cirque d'Archiane

This beautiful walk starts in the hamlet of Archiane, which lies in the shadow of the beautiful Cirque d'Archiane. You follow the GR93 through the Combe de l'Aubaise valley where ibex, chamois and griffon vultures feel at home. After a steep climb you will arrive at the desolate plateau La Plaine du Roi. This plain is located in the Les Hautes Plateuax du Vercors nature reserve. You walk a while on the plaine to have an impresssion of the vastness.

Distance: 15 km.

Time: 5h00.

Grade: Heavy.

Type: Back and forth.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Not allowed.

Height gain: 1068 meters.

Trail: 98% unpaved.

Marking: GR93.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Les Hautes Plateuax du Vercors.

The walk follows from the hamlet of Archiane de GR93 through the Combe de l’Aubaise to the Quatre Chemins de l'Aubaise intersection. A tough climb through the rubble starts via a well-laid path to the Plaine du Roi. Here you come in a desolate part of Les Hautes Plateuax du Vercors. You go to the intersection of the GR93 with the GR91. From this point it goes back to the departure point via the same route.

Cirque d'Archiane

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Sense of orientation on the plateau needed.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - The Hauts Plateaux du Vercors.

The Hauts Plateaux du Vercors is a plateau in the Vercors, a mountain region on the border of the French departments of Isère, Drôme and Hautes-Alpes. The plateau is 17,000 hectares and the average height is around 1500 m. The highest point is the Grand Veymont (2341 m). The plateau has been protected since 1985 as a nature reserve (Réserve Naturel des Hauts-Plateaux) which is part of the much larger Vercors Regional Nature Park. The plateau is known as the most uninhabited place in France. There are no villages or permanent residence and no paved roads within the boundaries of the reserve. It can only be reached on foot and traversed after an hour-long climb. It is therefore an attraction for GR walkers and nature lovers.

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POI 2 - Cirque d'Archiane.

The Cirque d'Archiane is a natural Cirque in the south of the Vercors massif. In 1989 and 1990 the ibex was relocated here.Three lamb vultures were re-introduced in 2010. There are also marmots and chamois on the desolate Plaine du Roi.

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