From L'Argentière - La Bessée to Bouchier
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From L'Argentière - La Bessée to Bouchier

From L'Argentière - La Bessée to Bouchier

History and architecture
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Head out from a small town with a varied and distinctly industrial complexion to climb up to a small mountain hamlet nestling between alpine pastures and cliffs, a hike full of contrasts.
Above L'Argentière, the landscapes tell the story of the town's industrial past. Further on, as the path rises towards Bouchier, the view opens up over Briançon, the foothills of the Queyras valley, the heights of Serre-Chevalier and the Durance valley.


As you leave the train station, turn right onto the D994. Go straight over the roundabout (wheel) and then take the pedestrian underpass under the railway line and enter the cul-de-sac on the right. At the end of the cul-de-sac, take a small path running up under the clock (trail no. 23). When you come to a meadow, follow a small ridge on the right. The path turns into a track which you follow until it reaches the paved road towards Les Collets. Follow this down for 5 metres and then take the track signposted “Chemin de Girauds” on the left (GR waymark). After the last houses ("Plandergue 1,040 m"), take the path leading straight ahead (Les Vigneaux). After 2.5 km, the path approaches the Gyronde and you join the paved road that runs through a campsite, the Camping des Vaudois. Follow this road as far as the D4, where the bridge crosses the Gyronde.
1. Bridge over the Gyronde; from here, you leave the right-hand bank of the river behind, to climb up towards Bouchier. Cross the bridge and turn right onto the D994E. Cross the bridge over the Torrent de Rif Gros and join a path on the left between the D4 and the mountain stream.
2. When you reach Les Vigneaux, go straight through the village past the church. Cross the D4 and continue past the cemetery. Continue straight ahead, on a balcony path. 20 metres before the hamlet of Les Sagnes, take a narrow path on the left which leads to the D4 again. Cross the D4 and join a path opposite, which is not very clearly marked (trail no. 10). Continue straight on, rising approximately 100 metres to join the Bouchier path (cairns). Turn right onto the path and follow it until you reach the hamlet.
Departure : Train station of l'Argentière-La Bessée
Towns crossed : L'Argentière-la-Bessée, Les Vigneaux, Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières

Altimetric profile


The stretch of path on the approach to Bouchier is narrow, steep and sharply sloping.

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23 Avenue de la République, 05120 L'Argentière-La Bessée

+33(0)4 92 23 03 11

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