The Grande Traversée des Hautes Vosges with all comfort
The Vosges mountains is a mountain with a brushed decoration in the primary era. Ice ages, remain of numerous lakes mostly embedded in magnificent cirques with high rocky sides or large forests. Some of them are reduced to the state of peat bogs and we can then admire a particular flora…
Between 600 and 1400 metres, the high paths of the Vosges will take you, from the
In the bend of the large forests, the waterfalls and their limpid waters… and in the silence of the high ridges, the chamois solitary. You will also discover the local traditions: marcaireries (Fermes Auberges des Hautes Chaumes) where cheese is made (Munster), the Vosges and Alsatian cuisine, washed, if the heart tells you so, with the famous Alsatian wines ! Walking, swimming, picking wild berries will be your only worries.
Europ’Aventure allows you to enjoy your stay in total relaxation: accommodation, half board, luggage transport,…
Hiking in freedom – Duration of 7 days – Departure possible from May 8 to October 18 according to your availability and your possibilities.
7 jours, 8 jours
Reception around 6pm at the hotel located in the valley of Munster (famous for its cheese of character…), one of the largest and most beautiful valleys of the Alsatian side of the Hautes-Vosges. Set up for one night.
Munster (370 m) – Schratzmaennele (1045 m) – Orbey (531 m)
6 hours walk (14 km). Difference in elevation 750, Difference in elevation 650m
Magnificent increase in power of your stay. Very varied landscapes thanks to a very gentle progression of the different layers of vegetation crossed. A discovery of the heritage of the 1st World War (Memorial du Linge 987m – possible visit of the museum – and the German military cemetery of Baerenstall 975m) as well as the scattered farms of the Welche country. You will finish your ascent at the top of the Schratzmaennele before descending to the Alsatian mountain village Orbey. Installation for two nights
Orbey – Tête des Faux (1219 m) – Lac Blanc (1058 m) – Orbey (531 m)
6 hours walk (21 km). Difference in altitude positive 950mn, difference in altitude negative 950m
A beautiful hike that combines nature, with the peat bog of the Etang du Devin, and history, with the discovery of many vestiges of the Great War. From the hotel we arrive on the site of the unusual peat bog of l’Etang du Devin. The path then climbs up by snaking towards the Roche du Corbeau (1122m – beautiful panorama), former arrival station of the cable car. We continue with the summit of the Tête des Faux highest point of the day and classified as a historical monument which dominates the villages of the Good Man, of Lapoutroie and of Orbey and especially the col du Bonhomme considered in 1914 by the French as strategic. Descent, on the Duschesne Cemetery to then discover the Lac Blanc (lake of glacial origin) before finishing the descent on Orbey.
Orbey (531 m) – Lac des Truites (1065 m) – Schlucht Pass (1139 m)
6h30 walk (19 km). Vertical rise 950m, vertical fall 600m
One of the most beautiful stages of the Vosges crossing with the passage along the edge of three magnificent glacial lakes and on the ridge path (GR5) offering splendid panoramas on the Alsatian and Vosges valleys and further on the Black Forest and the Alps. Passage to the col de la Schlucht before reaching our Chalet Hotel de montagne located at 1100m altitude. Installation for 2 nights.
Col de la Schlucht – the Hohneck (1363 m) – Col de la Schlucht (1139 m)
5h30 walk (17 km). Positive elevation gain 700m, negative elevation gain 700m
Ascent towards the Hohneck Massif to the Falimont Pass to reach the ” sentier des Névés “. This panoramic trail runs along the immense Wormsa glacial cirque; it is one of the best places to spot chamois. We leave the trail at the Kastelbergwasen Farmhouse Inn and it is the departure for a “deep” discovery of the two glacial cirques of the Wormsa and the Wormspel, respectively sheltering two beautiful mountain lakes : the Fischboedle and the Schiessrothried. Ascent of the Hohneck (the 3rd summit of the massif) before reaching the hotel.
Schlucht Pass – Kastelberg (1350 m) – Markstein (1200 m)
6h30 walk (18.5 km). Difference in height 750m, difference in height negative
A stage of crests and summits, at high altitude, between 1200 and 1316 m, with successive viewpoints over the whole of the Vosges Massif: sublime! Hotel transfer from Markstein to Grand Ballon and installation for one night in our Mountain Hotel located at 1350m at the foot of the Grand Ballon. The hotel du Grand Ballon is closed on Mondays, you will stay at the Markstein and will not be able to climb the Grand Ballon – concerns the departures on Wednesdays.
Markstein – Langenfeldkopf (1290 m) – Petit Ballon (1272 m) – Munster (370 m)
5 hours walk (21 km). Difference in elevation 470m, difference in elevation 1150m
This is the wildest stage, the landscapes are very endearing, with a variety of vegetation of pines, heather and juniper. Transfers to the Markstein. We cross the old stems of Markstein then those of the Steinlebach before joining the Oberlauchen pass (1211m). The path follows the ridge to the Small Ball to then start the descent to Munster which is a beauty! End of the hike around 4:00 pm to Munster, possibility to visit the village: abbey, church, the Albert Schweitzer and Fecht parks, exhibition in the premises of the Parc des Ballons
Reception: Day 1 around 6pm at the hotel in Munster.
Dispersion : on day 7 around 5pm in Munster.
Reception: on day 1 around 6pm at the hotel in Munster (Haut-Rhin-68 – contact details will be provided at registration). Departure on Tuesday and Wednesday: you will not be able to sleep at the foot of the Grand Ballon: you will be accommodated at the Markstein, this does not change the program and itinerary, but you will not be able to climb the Grand Ballon.
Dispersion : on day 7 around 5pm in Munster.
Difficulty: This medium mountain hike presents no particular technical difficulty – be accustomed to walking in varied terrain and be in good physical condition. The courses are well marked. The average altitude difference on the way up is about 800m per day. The itinerary takes place at an altitude between 370m (Munster) and 1424m (the Grand Ballon). You will walk an average of 6 to 7 hours a day.
Framing : hiking in freedom without an attendant
Luggage transport : with luggage transport from one stage to another
Access by car: Reaching Munster (370m – Haut-Rhin – 68) is located on the D 417 about 20km east of Colmar direction Col de la Schlucht/ Géradmer/ Epinal. Parking : you can leave your car in the closed car park in the garden of the hotel, during your hike, negotiated rate: 10 € for the week (to be paid on the spot). Or on the free car park of the village hall, located 900 m from the hotel, in the centre of Munster.
Train access : Munster via the station SNCF of Munster via the station SNCF of Colmar (19 km – Timetables to be consulted at the SNCF).
Prices and formulas
You will find below the list of prices per person for the year 2021. The price depends mainly on the size of your group.
- From 2 to 3 persons: 795,00 €.
- From 4 to 5 persons: 745,00 €.
- From 6 to 7 persons: 720,00 €.
Single room supplement: + 145,00 € per person
Supplement 1 single participant : + 85,00 € per person (on rate 2 persons)
- Price per person, without luggage transport: 685,00 €.
The price includes:
- organization and reservation costs
- accommodation in ½ boarding (except dinner on day 1!!)
- the freedom file (the documentation for the hike: maps, descriptions…)
- the transport of luggage
The price does not include:
- The means of transport to the meeting place
- personal expenses and insurance
- Possible visits
- anything not indicated in “Price includes”.
Dogs accepted on this circuit in freedom : Additional charge to be paid on the spot directly to the hoteliers (+ 6 € per night on average).