Message from the Sioux

 


To get here, do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about the routes to take, or the most appopriate means of transport. We are in the heart of the Vercors, approximately 1 hour from the town of Romans, Valence, Grenoble and Die. Information from : www.cg26.fr

Excursions staving in Gîtes, Campsites, Auberges, or Hotels:

Camping: We can let you know which campsites accept donkeys.
Gîtes: We pre-book accomodation in gîtes for you. Please note that you must confirm your reservation by sending a deposit several weeks before the date of your holiday. Average prices for half-board (room, breakfast and evening meal) are 40 euros per person, and for self catering accomodation 13 euros per person. There is a reduction for children under 12 years, and usually no cost for children up to 3 years. If you do not have sleeping bags, the gîtes can provide bedding. They can also do picnics for you (approximately 7 euros per person). Please note: It would be helpful to bring with you plastic lunch boxes for your picnics.

Excursions in Bivouac and tents

You are permitted to stay overnight on the high plateaux, in the Vercors Nature Reserve.
You should be well equipped, and should check the weather forecast before venturing there. Please respect the rules: ie. dogs are not allowed, the lighting of fires is forbidden, rubbish should not be left mountain refuges.
The routes which we advise you to take are on well marked, established walking tracks shown on maps 25000, which you can purchase beforehand, or buy from us.

Water

As there is very little water to be found on the high plateaux, you must take with you the amount necessary. A minimum of 2 litres per person, per day is recommended. We suggest that you take two - four, 5 litres used plastic wine cartons which fit snugly into the donkeys saddlebags and always remember to refill them when you arrive at a water source.

Donkey Care

Donkeys drink little, but need clean water. They should be given water before departure and on arrival. During the day when they are walking it is not essential for them to drink, however, if you stop for a breack they might like to have some. Don't panic if they do not want water....they most certainly will at the next " Saloon bar ".
We supply barley and corn, to supplement the donkeys main source of food - grass and hay, which they will forage for when you stop for pinics, and in the evening. Therefore it is important to choose a picnic site where there is grass for the donkeys to feed on, and, when you reach your bivouac in the evening check that the donkeys are tethered where they are able to graze, otherwise, you will find that they will be stopping continually to forage for food during the walk. Gîtes and other places where you are staying will, for a small fee (of 2-4 euros per night, per donkey) provide water, hay and a safe enclosure for the donkeys.

Your Equipement

Here in the mountains (700 - 1900 metres) it can be quite cold at night even in the height of summer. It is best to pack your clothes in several plastic handy bags which can then be stored easily in the donkeys 2 saddlebags. Keep your sleeping bags separate. Make sur the load is balanced, and no more than 40 kilograms per donkey. Take non-perishable food (eg rice and pasta) that can be stored easily in indiviual plastic freezer bags to keep it dry. We suggest that you also take a large multi-purpose plastic sheet (eg 3x2 metres) with eyelets and ropes at each corner.

Maps

The maps noted below cover the routes used. They are available at most booksellers or order from OK CORR ÂNE before departure. Our information sheets will show which of them is most relevant to your itinerary.
IGN TOP 25 - 3236 OT VILLARD DE LANS
IGN TOP 25 - 3136 ET COMBE - FORÊT DE LENTE
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