Canyoning in the High-Alps

4 amazing sites to practice canyoning around Brianço

If we practice canyoning at Briançon, it’s because nature offers us many torrents but also themost beautiful French canyons.

The canyon of Fournel, Acles or Caprie in Italy are the spots where we will guide you to discover the canyoning in a safe and fun way.

The best canyons in the High-Alps region are around Br

iançon, so why deprive yourself of the thrills offered by these exceptional sites ?

Doing canyoning when the weather is nice is even better. With 300 days of good weather a year, you are almost guaranteed to enjoy a beautiful sunny canyoning day.

This is one more reason to practice canyoning at Serre Chevalier.

Swim, jump, slide on natural slides and abseil down to land in turquoise water safely: this is what we offer you.

« Practice canyoning on a mountainous and wild territory, clear, pure water, with a lively force, an exceptional climate, this mixture skillfully or chestrated by nature makes Briançon the paradise of the canyon. »

This outdoor activity is a mix of hiking, climbing and white water sports. 

The principle is simple, you have to progress in the bed of a stream whose flow varies according to the difficulty of the course, the narrow gorges or the cascades of different heights. 

It is an outdoor sport whose progression is done by walking, swimming but also by using techniques of progression on rope, like rappelling down. 

Canyoning is a discipline in itself that requires a very good experience of the environment as well as various knowledge and skills. 

From a long time and on all inhabited continents, reckless fishermen have ventured into many underground rivers, caves and narrow gorges. At this time when canyoning was not yet born, fishermen explored new cavities to catch something to eat and survive. 

Other more inaccessible sites had speleologists as their first visitors. Among these pioneers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Édouard-Alfred Martel, Armand Jamet and Lucien Briet are the most famous. 

Exploring canyons more than a century ago was not easy. On top of that, the precarious material, history and mythology did nothing to help. Many legends have continued creating a fear and a certain apprehension of these mysterious environments. Explorers who had the courage to venture into the meanders of rivers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. 

On the equipment side, forget the shoulder belts, the descenders, the blockers or other essential equipment today for the practice of canyoning. The equipment was simply a rope and a wooden board. These once assembled elements gave birth to a rudimentary swing, allowing adventurers an incursion into the world of canyons. 

It was not until the 1980s that this activity became democratic and became an outdoor sport more widely practiced and more or less accessible to the general public. 

The entire Serre Chevalier Sensation team awaits you for a unique canyoning experience in High-Alps. 

You will be guided by a qualified instructor on one of our canyoning routes in Briançon. 

Equipped with a neoprene wetsuit, a helmet and a harness, it will only be necessary to embark on the adventure. 

Do not forget : 

  • your sports shoes
  • a swimsuit
  • a towel
  • a spare
  • a bottle of water and a small snack once the canyon is over

 

Here is how a canyoning outing in Briançon with Serre Chevalier Sensation: 

 

 

  1. The reservation:

You can make your reservation by phone or via the booking form available on our website. 

We will have an exchange together to define the most suitable canyoning course for your needs and participants. 

You will give us the weights and sizes of all participants so that we can choose the best suits neoprene. 

You will then receive a booking confirmation either by email or by SMS containing all the information concerning the place and time of appointment. 

The day of the activity: 

  1. Appointment at the place and time indicated in the booking confirmation:

The meeting places are not even departures canyons because they are too difficult to find, they are located in the villages near the canyons. 

After meeting your instructor, you will follow him with your car until you leave the canyon. 

Canyon level 1: the Couleau, go to St Clement on Durance 

Canyon level 2: The Fournel, go to the Snack Bar “Le Rafeau” at Argentière La Bessée 

Canyon level 3: Les Acles, go to the village of Planpinet (05100 Névache) 

Canyon level 4: Caprie, go to the village of Montgenèvre. 

  1. The equipment and approach walk:

Once arrived on the zone your monitor will equip you with a neoprene suit and socks, a harness and a helmet. You will then make a short walk to get to the start of the canyon. (from 1 min to 15 min depending on the chosen canyon). 

  1. Briefing before departure:

In order for your canyoning outing in Briançon to take place safely, your instructor will explain how to use the materials of your equipment such as the shoulder lanyards or the eight. He will also tell you how to move in the canyon, perform the best jumps and slides in the slides. Nothing is mandatory, all obstacles can be bypassed and your monitor will never force you to jump or slide. 

  1. The descent of the canyon:

It’s time to embark on the adventure! Accompanied by your instructor, you will explore a sensational canyon. Enjoy an amazing canyoning descent in the high-Alps, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

  1. End of canyon descent and return to vehicles:

When you arrived at the bottom of the canyon a small walk awaits you to return to the vehicles we left at the car park. 

  1. Equipment: Arrived at thecars, your monitor will recover the material. You can go home with abig smile on your face, proud to have surpass yourself and with lots of memories in your head! 

Canyoning in Hautes-Alpes with Serre Chevalier Sensation: 

More than just a canyoning descent, a new universe: 

Through our different canyons, we want you to discover a physical and technical activity taking place in the countryside. 

You make memories with friends or family, share sensations and unique emotions are our goals. 

Without competition except surpassing yourself, all in good humour, friendliness, humility and respect. 

We believe that you can discover nature through original canyoning activities is the best way to know, respect and appreciate. 

The Serre Chevalier Sensation team has specially selected the 4 most beautiful canyoning routes in the High-Alps. 

4 exceptional routes is also 4 different levels: 

  • Green accessible from 6 years
  • Blue accessible from 8 years
  • Red accessible from 12 years
  • Black accessible from 14 years

Then, everyone can indulge in the practice or discovery of canyoning safely and according to his physical possibilities. 

Children from 6 years old or adults who have never practiced canyoning before will discover their first thrills in the aquatic environment with green courses. 

The blue canyoning courses will delight children from 8 years old and able to swim independently but also adults thanks to its beautiful waterfalls and natural pools. 

The red descents are reserved for those who wish to progress and improve their canyoning practice. Children from 12 years old who have completed the initiation level and adults can come and have a good time on a breath-taking descent. 

For the more experienced, we offer black runs accessible from 14 years old practiced on the Italian border in a large canyon. 

Each canyoning trip takes place in a small group of 4 people minimum, we think it’s the best way to create a good atmosphere and friendliness! 

The participants are gathered around the same one desire : have fun and experience extraordinary sensations. “ 

The Serre Chevalier Sensation team limits the number of participants to each canyoning outing so that everyone can enjoy. 

The equipment provided is in excellent condition for both your safety comfort. 

The canyoning courses that we offer in Briançon are the wildest and most beautiful in the High-Alps region. With different levels of difficulty, you will inevitably find the course adapted to your desires and your physical condition. 

To make the most of your canyoning trip to Briançon, we select the most qualified instructors to supervise you. State graduated in canyoning, they will accompany you safely in the various canyons in the Briançon region. 

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