4 Days Igloo in the highlands of Vercors (New Year's Eve)

Igloo in the highlands of Vercors

Guided tour – Partial carry
France
Level: Moderate
Date: 30 Dec – 02 Jan 2022
Days: 4 
Cost: S$ 900

An original and vitalizing “full nature” New Year’s Eve! Your guide will make you discover an unknown Vercors and you will live an experience in an exceptional atmosphere, under the sign of good humor and nature! For New Year’s Eve, you will have the choice between the refuge reserved for the group, or the igloos that you will have built yourself!

Day 1 Arrival Rousset en Vercors (D O/N Gite) 
Welcome at 2 p.m. at your gîte in Rousset en Vercors, a small village at the foot of the Hauts Plateaux. Check the equipment (snowshoes, pulkas, bags). Short walk to warm up in the afternoon. If you arrive later, please remember to tell the guide, and your equipment will be checked at the end of the day. Dinner and night in Rousset en Vercors, in rooms for 2 to 4 people.

Day 2 Rousset en Vercors – Pré Grandu (BLD O/N refuge) [3 hrs, +400m]
Departure for the highlands of Vercors with pulkas and snowshoes to the Pré Grandu refuge. The stay in this refuge is well equipped by the ONF, reserved just for us. Afternoon start making of our igloos (not far from the refuge). Experience an unforgettable day in the shoes of an Inuit! Depending on the conditions, we could possibly start from the Col de Rousset. Dinner and overnight at Pré Grandu. You will need to carry part of the things, along with the pulkas, most of the food will have already been taken to the shelter.
Festive dinner and exceptional New Year’s Eve at the refuge.

Day 3 The Highlands of Vercors (BLD O/N Igloo/Refuge) [5 hrs, +250m, -250m]
Experience the morning mists and a very nice walk under the Grand Veymont (highest summit of Vercors: 2341m), in the heart of the largest Nature Reserve in France: exceptional landscapes. On return, we can do improvement of the igloos if necessary. Night in an igloo or at the Pré Grandu refuge (as you wish).

Day 4 Pré Grandu – Rousset en Vercors (B) [2.5 hrs, -400m]
Nice descent via the Coche to the village of Rousset. Once back, we will have a snack at the gîte on the 1st day. End of stay in the middle of the afternoon.

We may have to modify the indicated itinerary: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of the accommodations, duplication of the groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly because of the guide (weather, group level, etc.). These modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (Day 1 Dinner till Day 4 Lunch)
  • New Year’s Eve dinner (drinks included)
  • Local guide
  • Rental of snowshoes, poles & pulkas
  • Tourist taxes
  • Briefing before departure
  • 40% discount for winter gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All  transfers except those mentioned in “includes”
  • Drinks in Rousset en Vercors
  • Visits & Entrance fees
  • Personal gears
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Single supplement
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
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LEVEL
Medium to good walker. You have to be in good shape and be able to walk 4 to 6 hours a day.

LUGGAGE TRANSFER
Partial carry. Small bag on January 1st, with your day’s things and your picnic. Baggage carried by you on December 31 and January 2. Most of the food will have been deposited by us at the refuge beforehand. The rest can be loaded into a few pulkas (Scandinavian sledges) provided for this purpose and pulled by the participants. The pulka glides on snow and takes less effort than carrying a loaded backpack. We plan a pulka for 2 to 4 people.

ACCOMMODATION
D1 – In a room for 2 to 4 people, in a gîte in Rousset en Vercors.
D2 and D3 – Pré Grandu Refuge, from December 31 to January 2, small simple refuge, isolated on the highlands of Vercors and reserved for the group. Unique location in a wild and totally isolated setting. No shower possible at the refuge.
Warm New Year’s Eve, perfectly suited to life in a refuge, in a rustic setting surrounded by nature. The sleeping arrangements are of course in a dormitory, on comfortable mattresses. Down is necessary. When we arrive at the refuge, we will have to make a fire (the wood is there) to heat ourselves, but the refuge is quite small and very quickly hot.
The igloo in a few words …
Building an igloo requires a bit of technique, which your guide will be happy to teach you! An igloo with 3 to 4 places is built in about 3 hours. Once built, a simple candle turns the place into a cathedral of light… why not spend the night there?
No worries, we have a well-equipped hut nearby that you can use if the night in the igloo doesn’t suit you.
You will also learn an incredibly effective safety technique in hostile environments, which you will never forget!

FOOD
Half-board in a gîte, lunch basket, food for the race. At the refuge, meals are prepared together. On New Year’s Eve, a festive meal at the refuge with smoked salmon, foie gras, fondue, surprise dessert, Clairette de Die, etc. Food is plentiful and all drinks are included.

GUIDE
A state-certified French mountain guide.

GROUP
5 to 15 people.

Departure period

Stay from Thursday 30/12/2021 to Sunday 02/01/2022. 

START / END
Start: Day 1 – Thursday, December 30, 2021 at 2 p.m., at the 1st accommodation in Rousset en Vercors.

End: Day – Sunday January 2, 2022 around 3 p.m. in Rousset en Vercors.

Equipment rental

Loan of snowshoes, poles and pulkas.

Extend your stay
You can extend your trip before or after the trek at Rousset en Vercors on request.

DATES
At your convenience, Go with friends or family on the dates that suit you is possible from 6 people. When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible. Price may differ from the above cost.

Getting There

By train: SNCF https://www.oui.sncf/

Die SNCF station then transport by taxi.

IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE
Can consider: Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS)
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) to Rousset en Vercors, Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors
est. total duration: 2h
Van (comparable in size to the Mercedes Vito – up to 7 passengers): S$ 500 per way per van

Each passenger is allowed to have one big luggage (29 x 21 x 11 inches) and one small luggage which shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches. Please, let us know in case you should have an oversized luggage and we will help you upgrade to a bigger car.

In your luggage

Equipment

Snowshoe equipment
– Loose, comfortable and warm walking clothing, including comfortable Goretex or micropore-type pants (avoid jeans!), Jumpsuit or knickers, jogging, etc.
– A large wool sweater or a fleece
jacket – A Goretex jacket, or a windbreaker letting the sweat pass if possible, or an adapted anorak
– An overpants
– Two pairs of warm mittens or warm gloves
– A hat, a scarf
– A pair of gaiters
– Warm underwear (Merino Wool)
– 3 pairs of warm socks

Shoes, poles and snowshoes
– A good pair of hiking shoes, not too flexible but warm and comfortable (no soft shoes like moon boots or sneakers), and waterproof
– We recommend the purchase of telescopic poles that will serve you both in winter for snowshoe hikes and summer for mountain hikes. It is better to take them in 3 telescopic parts rather than two, with a tungsten carbide tip, very hard and almost indestructible! (However we can lend you a pair)
– Snowshoes and poles are provided as well as pulkas (one pulka for 3 or 4 people)

Against the sun
– Sunglasses (glacier type)
– Sunscreen (lips and skin)

For the midday picnic
– Bowl, plate or plastic box
– Cutlery (spoon, fork, knife)
– Thermos flask minimum 1 liter (or better 1.5l)

After the effort
– A good sleeping bag + a foam mattress, Karrimat type (for the Igloo, the mattress)
– A survival blanket to better insulate yourself from the ground
– A camera with a protective cover against the cold
– A pair of jogging-style sneakers for the evening
– Change of clothes (outerwear, etc.), and personal linen
– Linen and toiletry bag, handkerchiefs and toilet paper. For the refuge, provide towels and mini-kit, because there is no water. However, we can
freshen up by melting the snow 

– A mini pharmacy kit with elastoplast, biogaze or “2nd skin”, gauze, disinfectant and aspirin in case of minor injuries!

Baggage

– A comfortable 40 to 50 liter backpack to carry your personal belongings