EXPERIENCE Grand Traverses

Xpérience - The Cerces Massif Traverse

A magnificent 3-day ski traverse that loops you around the heart of a wild mountain range

The Cerces massif is home to impressive rock spires separating the Guisane and Clarée valleys. In order to discover this wild area in the winter time, we offer you the possibility to do a four-day ski traverse, combining climbs and descents through magnificent landscapes of limestone peaks, larch forests, snow-covered lakes and remote valleys. A beautiful journey and memorable moments spent away from civilization, especially in friendly mountain huts at the end of each day.



You occasionally ski off-piste and ski tour in the backcountry, you are capable of walking for many hours for outings with around 1000m of gain.



You are in good physical shape. You are able to walk 6 to 8 hours with around 1000m of gain, with a 10kg backpack while also keeping energy for the descents.


Day 1

From the Pont de l'Alpe (1710m / 5,610ft), we will skin up the Vallon du Rif, passing below the Aiguillette du Lauzet, an impressive limestone peak. We then head towards the Col du Chardonnet (2638m / 8,654ft), where we can enjoy a stunning panorama over the Ecrins massif. A nice ski descent through snow-covered meadows and larch forests leads us to the cosy Chardonnet mountain hut (2225m / 7,299ft), where we will spend the night.

.Vertical: +928m (3,044ft) from the Pont de l'Alpe to the Col du Chardonnet

              -413m (1,354ft) from the Col du Chardonnet to the Chardonnet mountain hut

Day 2
D2- Tour of the Queyrellin ridges
Ascent to the Col de Casse Blanche (2800m). Then descent to the Laval refuge. Ascent along La Clarée to arrive at the Drayères refuge. D+770m
Day 3

Tour of the Pointe des Cerces

Ascent to Col des Cerces, passing by Lac Rond, then descent to Lac des Cerces. Ascent to the Crête de la Ponsonnière (2824m) and long descent to reach the car at the Pont de l’Alpe.

This program remains indicative, we will have to adapt to the vagaries of the weather, the mountain conditions and the participants. In the last resort, the guide remains the sole judge of the program that he can modify due to security requirements.


440.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 6

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Price for 1 day for the guide

565.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 6

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Price per person from 4 registered
938€ per person for 2 or 3 registered

*Includes 2 nights + 1/2 board in a refuge (Chardonnet, Drayères), 3 lunchtime picnics for clients and the guide


Outing with a certified mountain guide or instructor

Professional Civil Liability Insurance

Transceiver, shovel, probe, harness

Meal costs for clients and guide

Picnic for during the day

Lodging costs for clients and guide

Group technical gear (rope…)


Personal Accident Insurance

Appropriate clothing for your activity (long-johns, fleece/softshell jacket, down jacket, gore-tex jacket, ski pants, ski socks, warm hat, warm gloves, thin gloves)

Ski goggles, sunglasses, sunscreen

Water Bottle or thermos, food and snacks

Ski touring skis, skins, ski crampons, ski touring boots, poles


Avalanche airbag backpack

backpack that can fit your shovel and probe INSIDE the pack (around 35L)

Small first aid kit for your personal needs and that contains material in case of blisters

Sleeping bag liner (to be used with the provided blankets at the refuges) and small toiletry kit (no showers in the refuge)

Club Alpin ID card, insurance card or information, Alpine Club card (if you have one)

Pointe cerces

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Rn 1091 place du téléphérique,
05320 la grave France

Phone Number

+33 476 799 021