The Routo comes from Occitan "far la routo" » which literally means leaving on the path, taking the road then transhuming. Franco-Italian project aiming to develop territories around the practice of transhumance and tourist roaming, the project is the result of more than ten years of exchanges between the Maison de la Transhumance (Salon-de-Provence) and the Unione Montana Valle Stura (Italian Piedmont) and aims to implement and run a cross-border route and network linking the Crau plain to the Stura valley.

House of transhumance

By the paths of transhumance

The long-distance hiking route GR®69 La Routo®, connects the plains of lower Provence to the Alpine valleys of Piedmont by relying on the ancient drailles and quarries, in the footsteps of the sheep herds which practiced the great summer transhumance.

Pastoral culture

The GR®69-La Routo®

Labeled as a long-distance hiking trail in June 2020 by the French Federation of
Hiking
, the GR69® La Routo® is a 540 km route which connects the plains of Camargue and Crau to the Stura valley in Italy, allowing you to discover the different dimensions of transhumant livestock farming.
The route joins Haute-Provence via the small village of Saint-Jurs then crosses Digne-les-Bains to reach the Blanche valley via Le Vernet, Seyne-les-Alpes, then the valley
of Ubaye.
The La Routo project aims to promote and animate a route in the footsteps of this great historic transhumance. More than a simple itinerary, La Routo is an invitation to take the time and thus prioritize meetings.

Topo guide and map

GR®69 La Routo® map

Download the GR®69 La Routo® map to discover the entire route and learn more about the practice of transhumance and its importance in our regional history. To prepare for your hike, you can also find the complete route on the Rando04 website.

Topo guide La Routo: From Provence to the Alps by drailles

Travel through the most emblematic landscapes of Provence and the Alps, from the Camargue delta and the Crau steppe to the mountain pastures.

15 days of walking through a rich Franco-Italian natural environment: Alpilles regional natural park, Sainte-Victoire mountain, Valensole plateau, Demontzey forest park…. Most of these spaces, now protected, were shaped by the grazing of herds, under the guidance of shepherds.

All the steps down to the smallest details are in the topoguide on sale online in the shop of the French Hiking Federation and in our tourist offices.

Far La Routo in Haute Provence

The steps

  • Stage 13: Saint Jurs – Bras d’Asse: 11,6 km / 3h10 / + 40m / – 400m
  • Step 14: Bras d’Asse – Le Chaffaut: 20 km / 6h / + 608m / – 519m
  • Step 15: Le Chaffaut – Digne les Bains: 11,4 km / 3h / + 191m / – 142m
  • Step 16: Digne les Bains – La Javie: 20.6 km / 5h30 / + 433m / – 277m
  • Step 17: La Javie – Le Vernet: 19,1 kilometers -6h / + 840m / – 440m
  • Stage 18: Le Vernet – Seyne les Alpes: 14,4 kilometers / 4h15 / + 404m / -277m
  • Stage 19: Seyne les Alpes – Vallon du Laverq: 21.6 km / 8h10 / + 1361m / – 1064m

A LEADER type cooperation program entitled LA ROUTO Agritourism route in the footsteps of transhumance made it possible to support the implementation of the GR69 La Routo. This program is implemented by the Maison de la transhumance and six partners in the associated territories: Alpilles Regional Natural Park, Verdon Regional Natural Park, Provence Alpes Agglomération, Provence Alpes Digne-les-Bains Tourist Office, CERPAM, Community of municipalities Ubaye Valley Serre-Ponçon.

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