My holidays in le Pays du Guil

Challenging activities, strong sensations or rather relaxing time?  
Hiking or canyoning?  
Slope style ski or snow shoe hiking?  
Or visiting interesting cultural sites?  

The choice is yours !

Kayak alpes
Escalade Alpes
Mountain bike alps
Canyoning Hautes Alpes
Rafting Hautes Alpes
Jean Philippe Cherbonnier

There are 2 rivers to go white water rafting in le Pays du Guil, the Durance and the Guil.  Or you can go mountain biking, or even do a guided tour on an electrical mountain bike.  Go hiking in higher mountain area?  The tour du Queyras?  Go para gliding?  Discover the earth from above in a glider plane?  
There really is lots of choice for activities that’ll give you plenty of thrills !
But do practice these sports in a safe manner, and call upon the professional guides from le Pays du Guil.  You’ll find them on our dedicated page sports instructors and guides.  

Le Pays du Guil is cleraly a privileged spot where you’ll find some of the best hikes in the Hautes Alpes.  In the Parc du Queyras, in the Parc des Ecrins, in the Val d’Escreins, or in the valley of the Haute Ubaye, or even in the area around the lake of Serre-Ponçon, you’ll surely find the spot that’s right for you.  And we’re pretty sure that you’ll want to come back for more in the next years.  

White water rafting on the Durance

Sortie Raft avec from mysingletrack

Images of the 10th Raid Vauban

Strong sensation, exciting thrills, activities that are not for everyone to do.  But watching others take up the challenge is half the fun.  Just like this guy that goes downhill on the Col de l’Izoard on a skate board (or longboard)…

Vélo de route Alpes

Cycling – Mountain Biking

You’ll find some of the mythical cols of the Tour de France in the Hautes Alpes, in le Pays du Guil to be more precise.  Cols that every fan of the tour de France just wants to have cycled up once in his (or her) lifetime.  

The Col de l’Izoard is probaly the best known of them, but you’ll also find the Col de Vars and the climb to Risoul as well as the Col Agnel in le Pays du Guil.  
And if that’s still not enough, and you don’t mind driving just a little bit further (45 minutes from Guillestre), you can add the Col du Lautaret and the Col du Galibier to your list.  
Le Pays du Guil is a mountain bikers paradise as well, with over 360 km of well maintained paths.  

We have dedicated a page to this Hautes Alpes en vélo.

Even if strong sensations are not what you’re after, you can still enjoy being outside, in the mountains, all day long, and and enjoy nature, take some fresh air, contemplate the beauty of the landscapes and the encounters with wildlife. 

The best way to do this is to go hiking, of course.  A tough hike for the sportsmen amongst us, or a family style shorter or easier hike, depending on your condition and on your desires.  Here is more information to help you make a choice for a rando en montagne.   

And if making longer, more difficult hikes is not what you’re after, you can still connect to nature.  There are several mountain lakes or small hamlets that are fairly easily accessible, where you’ll find it agreeable to sit down and relax, with a good book, and listen to the birds singing. 

Le Pays du Guil has a lot to offer for holidays with your family and for holidays with children.  

You can start off on several hikes in a wide difficulty range, plenty of those can be done with (small) children as well.  And then there are many activities that are organised in our area, some specifically for families with children.  The  ateliers consom’acteur to name one, during which you’ll be able to discover our area and to participate in its activities, such as the production of local cheese, taking care of the farm animals, and many more.  

All through the summer season, a multitude of animations are organized in the villages of le Pays du Guil. 

And for those who like to discover authentic villages et hameaux du Pays du Guil.