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Lac Sainte-Anne

March 2021

At an altitude of 2,414 metres, in the Queyras Natural Regional Park in the Hautes-Alpes, the lac Sainte-Anne is a real picture postcard view which is a good reward after a few hours’ hike. Let’s go!

Published on 15 April 2021

Shades of blue at the Lac Sainte-Anne

A mineral setting

The Lac Sainte Anne is a glacial lake watched over by the Pic de la Fonte Sancte, south of the village of Ceillac en Queyras. It is surrounded by a moraine which forms a dam and retains the water up to the chapel built just next to it. With a surface area of 9 hectares and a depth of 22 metres, this is the biggest lake in the Queyras . Contemplate the superb turquoise reflections on its surface, which change with the light, and then look up at the steep rock walls and the rocky glaciers which complete the setting.

Getting to Lac Sainte-Anne

Hikes for all

For an easy hike to the lake, start from Chaurionde. Take a PR-type trail with a 450 m height difference. The lovely hike in the Queyras takes you to the lake in 1¾- 2 hours and 20 minutes according to your speed: the trail winds through the trees and crosses the stream over little bridges. For a more complete 11.5 k hike, take part of the GR®5 (Grande Traversée des Alpes). After a 5½ hours’ hike and mastering 750 metres of height-difference, you will reach the Lac Miroir and then the famous Lac Sainte-Anne. In winter, set off from Ceillac on a cross-country snowshoe tour in the Queyras Natural Regional Park to Col Girardin.

Around Sainte-Anne

From emotions to thrills

Make the most of your stay to wander around Ceillac, a small mountain village with its 6 bell-towers, its sundials and its dry-stone shepherds’ huts. You might see the pilgrimage of Sainte-Anne, from Ceillac and Maurin to the Chapelle Sainte-Anne on 26th July. After mass, it’s picnic time on the shores of the lake. If you prefer thrills, choose a great mountain bike descent from the lake to the end of Chaurionde. Or you can choose paragliding or rafting on the River Guil with Quey’raft. Keep your eyes wide open and above the Lac Sainte-Anne and Ceillac you’ll be able to make out two signalling posts once used by the army to send signals to warn of enemy presence.


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