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Le Grand Veymont {rando}

August 13, 2015

‬On a bien commencé ce mois avec une spectaculaire rando dans le Vercors, le 2 août. Franchement, c’est ma rando préférée jusqu’à présent. En tant qu’animal lover, ça m’a dérangé que, après plus de quatre ans dans les Alpes, je n’avais jamais vu de bouquetins ni de marmottes en vrai. Le mois dernier, un pote nous a parlé des quantités d’animaux qu’il a vu pendant ses randonnées récentes, je me suis dit « Il faut que je vois des bouquetins et des marmottes avant le fin de l’été ! » Et bien, mon monsieur m’a bien écouté et m’a surpris avec cette rando ! On a vu deux troupeaux des bouquetins et deux marmottes ! Vous allez les voir dans mes photos ci-dessous. Je vous donne d’abord quelques infos si vous voulez faire cette belle randonnée vous même. Je recommande !

We started this month off well with an ambitious hike in the Vercors mountain range, August 2nd. Frankly, this hike is my most favorite up to this point. As an animal lover, it has irked me that I have not seen a mountain goat nor a groundhog in my four years here in the Alps. Last month, after a friend of ours talked about all of the majestic alpine animals he’s seen on his recent hikes, I decided that I must catch a glimpse of  these adorable animals out in the wilderness before the summer ends! I shared this longing with my sweetheart boyfriend, who later surprised me with this hike! We saw two groups of mountain goats and two groundhogs! You’ll see some of the former in my photos below. First, I’ll provide you with some info (and translate the directions into English) in case you’d like to go on this outstandingly beautiful hike yourself. I recommend it!

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Le Grand Veymont est le sommet le plus haut du Vercors. Cette randonnée fait 1100 mètres de dénivellé et dure environ 5 heures. Départ à Gresse-en-Vercors. Le reste des directions sont clairement écrites sur ce site (avec une carte également). Et maintenant les photos !:

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Le Grand Veymont is the highest summit in the Vercors mountain range. This hike is 1100 meters in height and takes about 5 hours total. The start is at Gresse-en-Vercors.

Take the large path with the sign indicating “Pas de la ville” (the mountain pass which you’ll come across a little more than halfway up). You’ll start off on a trail surrounded by fields (we spotted a baby deer!) followed by a forest. You may get bored of the forest, but no worries, it eventually ends for good and you’ll start to see the mountain peeks. You’ll be on a grassy and rocky path: keep your eye out for groundhogs. Continue on the zig-zagging trail until you reach the gorgeous pass (“Pas de la ville“). You may be able to spot mountain goats from here. Continue on to the uphill rocky trail to the left. As you go up and around a few corners, keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats in the distance (this is where we saw them the first time). This trail then gets even rockier and more challenging (you’ll spot a “pierrier” – a scree) and from here onwards the trail will be very clear. Once the rocky part is over you will see grassy fields again, and more mountain goats and groundhogs, as well as a ton more photo ops. Keep going until you reach the top! From there you’ll see the infamous Mont Aiguille from one side and the Vercors plateau from the other side (and more!). A fabulous 360° view awaits you.  Click here to visit the French site which explains these direction in French and also includes a map. And now for my photos!:

 

Bonne rando !

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5 Comments

  • Reply Stéphane August 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Superbes photos. Bravo, et merci !

  • Reply Hanane August 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Cette rando devait être magique… ! Je ne suis encore jamais allé dans le Vercors mais ça donne envie 🙂

    • Reply Grenobloise August 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Oui c’était vraiment magique ! J’espère que vous allez avoir l’occasion de visiter le Vercors; y’ a des choses a découvrir !

  • Reply MamzelDree August 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    C’est vraiment magnifique ! 🙂

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