There is a wide range of accommodation available in the Durance Valley for rock climbers (in the Hautes Alps or otherwise known as the Southern Alps). There are several campsites, Gites (self-catering holiday cottages), expensive hotels, budget hotels and self-catering apartments. There are a couple of good places for rock climbers to base themselves, which are Ailefroide and Vallouise.
We stick out and say it without lying. Located in the centre of the region we have more equipped rock climbing sites per km2, not only in France, nor in Europe but in the entire world. We are surrounded by rock routes, tracks and peaks that cater your preferential needs whilst enjoying the incredible amount of Alpine pursuits on our doorstep. Our experience and network allows us to link you with the best professionals in the region, leading you to the activity gems you would like to come across on your holiday.
A catered stay at the hotel in order not to miss out on the fun, or self-catering in the Hotel-apartments or the Hostel version, still being welcome to use the bar and restaurant facilities. Just let us know your preferences and we´ll help you out, just as with our in-house sports equipment. Forgot to mention the very first Via Ferrata in France just above us, the mountainbiking tracks crossing passes leading to neighboring valleys, the walking and running trails up and down the national park of Les Écrins, the canyoning and waterfalls abseiling to mention a few. Plus all the winter features that stretches from famed ice-climbing (hosting the ICE event in January), the wild back/cross-country skiing, the snowshoeing routes and the presence of the still unspoilt nature in the hidden valley of Freissinières. All this is just outside the entrance. Come stay, play and find out what the 5th season is!
The Hotel consists of 6 double rooms, 5 hotel apartments,restaurant & bar, sauna, lounge area and terrace. The newly restored Gite/hostel in the Old Vicarage up the road has got room for 14 people in a group or individually, max 4 people/room with big self-catering kitchen.
Contact Caroline and Mark Ford via email or call them on +33-637525897.
Alpbase is a company that offers mountain and rock climbing courses as well as several self-catering apartments to rent to rock climbers.
Based in the village of Vallouise in the heart of the Durance Valley, there are several self-catering apartments suitable for up to 8 people. Each apartment is fully furnished and makes ideal accommodation for rock climbers.
Contact Alpbase direct for further information, availability and prices.
There are many campsites in the Durance Valley, though the most popular with rock climbers is the campsite at Ailefroide, which has recently been extended to hold up to 500 places.
To advertise your Gite, apartment, villa or hotel in the Durance Valley in the French Hautes Alps on this page, please contact us at Climb Europe.
The Briancon Climbs Guidebook covers all the sport routes in the Hautes Alps and the Durance Valley
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