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Canyoning in the French Southern Alps

Carved by Mother Nature, the canyons of the Southern Alps are heavens on earth, coveted by exploration and adventure lovers. Whizz down their natural slides and waterfalls in all safety, or try your hand at rappelling as the sunshine warms your back and lights up the surrounding valleys and mountains…

The Écrins straight up !

Grab your helmet and harness!

Fancy a shot of white water adrenalin? Take the road to canyon du Fournel, one of the most thrilling canyons in the Hautes-Alpes. It’s the perfect place for an introduction to canyoning: get your team of 4 family members or friends together and set out for an unforgettable adventure with Torrentciel Canyoning. On the programme: hiking, swimming, jumping, water slides and even rappelling for braver souls. On the practical and safety front, you need to be a good swimmer, bring along a swimsuit, closed shoes and especially… dry clothes! Let’s linger awhile in the Écrins for a very sporty day out at Canyon de l’Eychauda . These majestic waterfalls gush down 5 to 14 metres, plunging you into a whirlwind of sensations. A truly unique white water experience!

In the hollows of the valleys

Down the river we go

An extraordinary canyon nestles in the narrow furrows of Clue du Riolan gorge, in Vallée de l’Estéron. This magical playground is now on France’s podium of canyoning hotspots. Funtrip leads the way into a wonderful world of jumps and dives. Pierce the secrets of Vallée de la Roya courtesy of the warm and welcoming Roya Evasion guides. After making your way over a few obstacles, you’re ready to enter into the heart of the grotto and a series of incredibly beautiful rock pools. Wind up in style with a spot of canyoning in the magnificent Gorges du Loup in the company of Canyoning 06 – an ideal choice for families. So what will it be? A jump off a waterfall or a whizz down a rocky water slide?!

Adrenalin all the way in the Alpes de Haute Provence

A deep dive along narrow routes

Nothing can beat a qualified guide to steer you along the tight valleys of the Alpes de Haute Provence. The Bureau des guides de l’Ubaye is a passionate team of guides, promising a fantastic foray into top canyoning hotspots such as the fabulous ravin de la Blanche. Next stop: Palud-sur-Verdon with the Maison des Guides or Castellane with the Bureau des Guides de Canyon: you’ll learn all about the differences between water hiking and waterfall rappelling, while enjoying jumps and natural water slides on the way. Canyon de la Lanceboasts a series of majestic waterfalls, while the very sunny ravin de Juan is ideal for beginners. Last but not least, treat yourself to a white water adventure for novices or advanced levels with Étoile rando canyoning and go with the flow against a surreal backdrop of wild landscapes…