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Walking on the Mont Ventoux and Montagne de Lure trails,
the highlands of Provence under one of the clearest skies

Walking the short trail up to the top of
Mont Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence”

This hike to the summit of Mont Ventoux (1,911m) is one of the most beautiful walking route up to the “Giant of Provence” and it is only 4 km long. Starting from the Mont Serein ski resort, around 1,400 m high, and entailing an elevation gain of 1,730 feet, it climbs all the way up, mainly through a mixed forest of pine, fir and beech trees : a real alpine atmosphere. The last kilometer is very different : you move forward through large scree fields up to the top ridge : a lunar ambiance, this time !

Walking time : 2 hours
Rating : challenging (significant elevation gain and scree fields requiring caution)
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

A walking trail up to one of the best viewpoints over Haute Provence

Starting from a mini ski resort located on the southern slide of Montagne de Lure (1,826m) in Haute Provence, 25 miles east to Mont Ventoux this walking route takes you through a mixed forest of beech and fir, up to the ridge. From this spot, the landscape opens up onto the valley on the other side and onto a large number of Alpine summits, on the horizon: from the left to the right, the Vercors, the Ecrins, the Estrop massif and the mountains dominating the Verdon canyon. If lucky, you may also enjoy seeing some of the chamois, mountain goats that live on the steep and stoney north-facing slopes of the range.

Walking time : 2.5 hours
Rating : moderate
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

Walking an alternate trail up
to the “Giant of Provence” 

If you enjoy taking in a panoramic view and guessing what are the names of the mountains visible on the horizon, this hike must be for you. But you’d better not choose one of these few days when clouds stay over the summit of Mont Ventoux (1,911m) from morning till evening, nor one day when wind gusts reach 100 mph or more (the Provence record with 200 mph) ! On this walking route, you will spend 2 hours following the ridge up to the top, coming upon a mere few trees during the first hour, and only some dwarf junipers during the last one. Mind-blowing !

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : challenging (significant elevation gain) 
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

Walking up to a 12th-century chapel
of Haute Provence

Located in Haute Provence on the southern slopes of Montagne de Lure, the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Lure (1,236m) is the remaining part of a 12th century abbey. In front of the church, four majestic trees, three linden and one walnut, have been guarding the place for centuries. To reach this peaceful site from the small town of St-Etienne les Orgues, at the base of the mountain, you will have to climb through different areas of vegetation, some with native shrubs and trees, others with plantations. Just before destination, as the Mediterranean climate influence is tempered by the altitude, you will penetrate the last one, a beech grove, where the ambiance changes.

Walking time : 3 hours
Rating : challenging (significant elevation gain) 
Price (per person) : €50 (4 people) / €60 (3 people) / 
€85 (2 people) / €160 (1 person)

Walking in the footsteps of
Jean Giono, Haute Provence’s writer

This hike takes place in a part of Provence outside the tourist route. Located in Haute Provence, Montagne de Lure that nourished Giono’s dreams are these highlands “where deserts are really desert lands”, as he wrote ; a limitless stretch of land, a region of shepherds, dry stone walls, barrenness and wind ; a land of uncountable starry nights, where winters are harsh and soils stubborn. From this hike, in addition to the tales about Giono’s works, two other high moments will probably remain engraved in your memories : first, the panorama from the ridge and secondly, the sight of the Jas des Terres du Roux, this 150-year old dry-stone sheepfold, built of half a million stones without any binder. Giono’ s world : truly a world apart.

Walking time : 4.5 hours
Rating : moderate
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)

The full ascent of Montagne de Lure

The ascent of the south face of Montagne de Lure (1826m) from St Etienne Les Orgues, the small town which lies at its foot, offers numerous highlights including the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Lure and the vast scenery presented from the top ridge ! Another interesting feature of the hike is the variety of vegetation types you will walk through : lavender fields and wild thyme scrublands above the town, downy oak woods, black pine groves, a beech forest where firs are more and more numerous as altitude increases, and finally the grasslands of the subalpine zone. And another significant advantage of this route is that you will probably spend a relatively cool day even in hot summer periods in the heart of Haute Provence. 

Walking time : 5 hours
Rating : challenging (high elevation gain)
Price (per person) : €75 (4 people) / €90 (3 people) / 
€125 (2 people) / €240 (1 person)