start at Pont de Lariane (2024 m), about 1 km east from Fontgillarde,
the last village on the D205T which leads to Col Agnel. The road is
closed during winter and is an easy track to reach Refuge Agnel at 2580
meters altitude. The sun is burning. At the opposite side of the valley we see
some avalanches, indicating that spring is near. The cabin is located at the
end of the valley and has room for about 50 people. The food is fine and hot
showers are available.
make a day trip to Lac Foreant, located north of Refuge Agnel.
After the climb to Col de l'Eychassier (2917 m), we ski downhill to Lac
Foreant (2618 m). Then return via Col Vieux (2806 m) to the cabin.
As the days are becoming longer now, we have time to climb the Pain de
Sucre upto an altitude of 3000 meters. Clouds are coming up and we have to
go back to the cabin.
climb to Col Agnel (2744 m) is quite easy. The descent at the Italian
side is hard, as the snow is wet and heavy and the visibility low. When
approaching the forest at 2000 meters, some ibex pass in front of us. Chianale
(1800 m) is a ghost-town when we arrive, only some dogs are barking to welcome
us. The pasta in the 'Aubergo' is delicious. At night, the chiming from at
least 4 churches can be heard. A lot going on here for such an empty village !
return the same way back in the Vallone dell Agnello, a climb of almost
1000 meters. The sun breaks through as we reach the treeline. It's becoming
warm again. After 4 hours we are back in France at the Col Agnel.
An ice-cold wind is blowing at the mountain pass. The snow is excellent today. We ski downhill much further than the cabin were we have to end today. The climb of 190 meters afterwards is nothing compared with the joy of a slope in a perfect condition. We stay the night again at Refuge Agnel.
in the morning we go uphill following the slopes of the Pic
de Caramantran to Col de Chamoussiere (2882 m). The weather is
great today, no wind, blue sky and not too warm.
an excellent spot to take a picture of the group. The
view over the French and Italian part of the Queyras is amazing.
The descent to Chapelle de Clausis (2340 m) in the valley of St.-Veran in fresh snow is smooth. The last climb to Col de Longet (2701 m) and descent back into the 'Vallee d'Agnel' brings us back to our starting point.