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Pastoral culture

The Routo comes from Occitan "far la routo" » which literally means to go on the path, to take the road and then to transhume. A Franco-Italian project whose objective is the development of 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 Unione Montana Valle Stura (Italian Piedmont) and aims to implement and lead a cross-border route and network linking the Crau plain to the Stura valley.

The long-distance hiking route GR®69 La Routo®, thus connects the plains of lower Provence to the Alpine valleys of Piedmont by relying on the old drovers' roads, in the footsteps of the sheep herds that used to make the great summer transhumance.

GR®69-La Routo®

La Routo, is a 540 km route on the transhumance paths, from the plains of lower Provence to the Alpine valleys of Piedmont, a large part of which crosses the Alpes de Haute Provence et Haute-Provence.

The La Routo project aims to enhance and animate a route in the footsteps of this great historical transhumance. This is a pedestrian route, some sections of which will be adapted to equestrian and VTC practices.

Download the GR XNUMX® card®69 The Routo® to discover the entire route and learn more about the practice of transhumance and its importance in our regional history.

To prepare your hike, you can also find the complete route on the Rando04 website and download the gpx file.

The course is homologated as a trail of Great Hike GR®69 by French Federation of Hiking. Currently being developed, it is based on the many existing routes, in particular long-distance hiking and short-distance hiking trails.


15 days of walking and rich and varied natural environments to discover, which take you from the Regional Natural Park of the Alpilles, the Sainte-Victoire mountain and the Valensole plateau to the Demontzey forest park before reaching Italy.

After the Larche pass, stop off at the eco-museum of pastoralism!

All the stages in the smallest details are in the topoguide on sale online in the shop of the French Hiking Federation.

The route – the steps

The route consists of 33 steps starting from Arles, in the Rhône delta to Italy. The route joins the Alpes de Haute Provence by Gréoux-les-Bains. It takes you through the Valensole plateau to join Digne-les-Bains in Haute-Provence. You then return to the alpine landscapes passing by Seyne lesAlpes and the Ubaye valley. Arrived at Larche pass, you will go towards Cuneo, in the Valle Stura (Italy).

  • The Steps 1 to 9, take you from Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) to Vinon-sur-Verdon (Alpes de Haute Provence).
  • Then, Steps 10 to 12 take you across the Valensole plateau to reach Saint Jurs.
  • Turnkey Steps 13 to 19, you cross the territory Provence Alps Agglomeration with its destinations Haute-Provence et Blanche Serre-Ponçon. During these steps, you gradually leave the landscapes of Provence to discover the more mountainous landscapes of the Alps. You cross the villages of Bras d'Asse, Chaffaut-Saint Jurson and the town of Digne-les-Bains, then you sink into the mountainous valleys through the villages of Javie, Vernet and Seyne. This is when you enter the Alps, then you go to the Ubaye valley via the Laverq valley.
  • In Steps 20 to 23 you go up the entire Ubaye valley passing through Barcelonnette to Larche.
  • Finally, Steps 24 to 33, you continue to Cuneo.

Map showing the route of the La Routo Great Hike

The project has received funding from the following communities and institutions. All about the project, visit the website Official of La Routo®.