10 Unmissable Experiences in the Ubaye Valley for Adventure Lovers

Explore the Best of Ubaye with Our Guide to the Top 10 Outdoor Adventures

Immerse yourself in the heart of adventure with the Ubaye Valley, a sanctuary of outdoor activities with breathtaking alpine landscapes as a playground. This emblematic destination promises not only thrills through its rushing rapids but also total immersion in unspoilt and wild nature. Whether you are a follower white water sports, of the'escalation, or whether you are looking for an escape in paragliding, in hiking, has ski, or in Mountain biking, Ubaye offers a range of diverse activities to satisfy all outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Join us for an unforgettable adventure in the Ubaye Valley, where each activity brings you closer to nature and awakens your thirst for adrenaline. Get ready to explore, discover and share highlights that will remain engraved in your memory.

1. Rafting on the Ubaye: the flagship activity of the Ubaye Valley

Rafting on the Ubaye offers an exhilarating experience, accessible to everyone, from children to adults. This is the perfect activity for those looking to dive into the world of whitewater sports. With its tumultuous waters and rapids, the Ubaye stands out as a preferred destination for rafting in Europe.

Embark with a professional guide on an unsinkable boat that can accommodate 3 to 8 adventurers. Equipped with neoprene suits, suitable shoes, life jackets and helmets, you will be ready to face the waves. Before setting off, you will be given a briefing on the safety instructions, the attitudes to adopt and how to maneuver the boat.

Choose from a variety of routes, each offering a unique adventure in the Southern Alps. Whether for a gentle initiation or for thrills, Ubaye has everything to please adrenaline seekers and nature lovers eager to discover the breathtaking landscapes of the valley.

We offer different packages to suit all experience levels. So, whether you are a curious beginner or an enthusiast looking for challenges, Ubaye awaits you for an unforgettable adventure on the water.

2. Canyoning: Descend the Ubaye Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in adventure with canyoning in the Ubaye Valley, an activity that combines sport, exploration and thrills. Equipped with neoprene suits, helmets and harnesses, you will be guided by professionals through the magnificent canyons of Costeplane, Chaudan, or La Blache.

Canyoning is the perfect opportunity to discover the waterways of the Ubaye Valley, with courses ranging from fun to more technical. Whether you are an amateur or experienced, the canyons of the Alpes de Haute Provence offer a unique experience, with jumps, rappels under waterfalls, and natural slides in a breathtaking setting.

The courses are designed to adapt to all levels, guaranteeing a memorable experience in complete safety. Descending the canyons offers the perfect blend of adrenaline and natural beauty, with clear pools of water where you can dive and swim.

The qualified guides will provide you with all the necessary equipment and will teach you the techniques for progressing in canyoning. Before starting, you will be given a briefing on safety instructions, as well as techniques to make the most of this aquatic adventure.

Prepare for a half or full day of exploration, where every turn reveals breathtaking landscapes and exciting challenges. Canyoning in Ubaye is an invitation to adventure that you won't want to miss.

3. Scenic Hike in the Mercantour National Park

The Ubaye Valley, with its 1000 km of marked paths, is an open invitation to all hikers, offering varied itineraries ranging from simple walks to real mountain treks. From a family stroll to Lac du Lauzanier to the demanding climb of the Tête de la Fréma, Ubaye seduces with its diversity.

The region's emblematic hikes will take you to discover exceptional landscapes, such as the Lac des Neuf Couleurs, known for its majestic setting, and the Eaux Tortes, a high-altitude peat bog offering a unique panorama. Each trail promises total immersion in generous and preserved nature, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience.

The Pointe d'Escreins route, accessible from 8 years old, represents an excellent introduction to the joys of mountain hiking, combining the freshness of the rivers with the wild beauty of the Alpine landscapes. For experienced hikers, the Grand Tour du Chambeyron offers a 5-day trek combining bivouacs near lakes and crossing mountain passes, in one of the wildest massifs between France and Italy.

Hiking in Ubaye also promises encounters with rich and varied wildlife, while respecting sensitive natural areas, particularly within the Mercantour National Park. The resorts of Pra Loup and Sauze offer access to high altitude trails, facilitating the discovery of peaks and spectacular views of the valley.

Prepare your hiking shoes and set out to conquer the hidden treasures of Ubaye, where each step brings you closer to breathtaking nature.

4. Paragliding: View from Aigle over the Ubaye Valley

Paragliding in the Ubaye Valley is a breathtaking experience that offers you unparalleled freedom and breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps. With ideal aerological conditions, Ubaye is the dream playground for flight enthusiasts and experienced pilots. First flights are available all year round, allowing you to choose between a calm or acrobatic flight according to your desires.

Several recognized and approved paragliding schools are ready to welcome you for tandem flights where no prerequisites are necessary, apart from the desire to fly. From takeoff at the morning viewpoint to the aerial adventure above the Serre Ponçon lake, each flight is adapted to meet your expectations and give you an unforgettable moment above breathtaking mountainous landscapes.

Paragliding in the Ubaye Valley allows you to explore the air and discover the valley from a completely different perspective. Experienced instructors will ensure your safety and adapt the flight to make it as exciting or peaceful as you wish. Live the dream of flying and share a moment of pure happiness above one of the most beautiful valleys in the French Alps.

5. Mountain Biking: Trails for All Levels

The Ubaye Valley presents itself as a true paradise for mountain bike enthusiasts, with 340 km of marked routes suitable for everyone, from novice to expert. Among these routes, the 106 km “Transubayenne” mountain bike trail stands out, offering a route through the valley which follows an old railway line and its tunnels, creating a unique experience for mountain bikers.

The green and blue courses are perfect for families and beginners, offering rolling trails through spectacular scenery, while the red and black courses will satisfy experienced cyclists with more technical challenges in the upper Ubaye valley. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a multi-day raid, Ubaye has it all.

Two Bike Parks in Pra Loup and Le Sauze are specially designed for downhill mountain biking and enduro, further enriching the offer for downhill enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. And for those who want to explore the mountain without too much effort, the electrically assisted mountain bike (MTB) opens the way to sporty routes without the constraint of fatigue.

Qualified mountain bike guides and instructors are at your disposal to guide you on the most beautiful routes in the Ubaye Valley, ensuring you have an enriching mountain bike experience, whether for an initiation or to perfect your technique.

Get on your mountain bike and set off to explore the Ubaye Valley, where each pedal stroke brings you closer to an unforgettable adventure in the Southern Alps.

6. High Mountain Fishing: Tranquility Guaranteed

The Ubaye Valley, with its 220 km of rivers and numerous mountain lakes, is a true paradise for fishermen. Whether you are an amateur or an expert, the crystal clear waters of Ubaye, Ubayette, Parpaillon, and Bachelard offer you varied fishing experiences, ranging from coarse fishing, toc fishing, fly fishing, to heavy nymph fishing in steep and waterfall gorges.

High-altitude lakes, such as Lac du Lauzanier, Lac Noir, and Lac des 9 Couleurs, offer idyllic sites for peaceful fishing in the middle of breathtaking nature. Regularly stocked, these lakes are home to brown trout, arctic char, and cristivomers, making fishing both pleasant and fruitful.

Lake Serre-Ponçon, one of the largest reservoir lakes in Europe, is another must-see for fishermen looking for pike, trout, and arctic char. The deep and wide waters of the lake are ideal for catching impressive specimens, promising memorable fishing trips.

For a complete experience, professional guides are available to accompany you on your fishing adventures, offering personalized outings adapted to your level and your desires. Grab your fishing license and get ready for unforgettable moments at the water's edge in the Ubaye Valley.

7. Hydrospeed: Adrenaline and White Water

Hydrospeed, or white water swimming, in the Ubaye Valley is an unforgettable experience that combines sport, nature and thrills. As you brave the powerful currents of the Ubaye, you will experience moments of pure adrenaline, while being surrounded by spectacular alpine landscapes.

Equipped with your float, a reinforced wetsuit, fins and guided by professionals, you will dive into the heart of the action, sailing on the surface of the water and playing with the waves. This activity offers a unique blend of freedom and direct contact with the force of the river.

Whether you are a beginner or experienced, hydrospeed adapts to all levels. The experienced guides of the Ubaye Valley will provide you with the necessary equipment and teach you the techniques for a safe and exhilarating adventure.

The Ubaye River, known for its wild character and varied routes, is perfect for hydrospeed. You will discover the joys of sliding on the water and the unique sensations that interacting with natural elements provides.

Prepare for total immersion in the world of white water, where each descent is a new adventure to be fully experienced.

8. Off-Piste Skiing and Snowboarding in Winter

Off-piste skiing and snowboarding in the Ubaye Valley offer unparalleled freedom to lovers of powder and wild mountain landscapes. With a variety of terrain ranging from gentle slopes to dizzying descents, Ubaye is the ideal playground for all levels of snow adventurers.

Experienced local guides will take you to discover the most exciting off-piste spots, offering sessions tailored to your skills and desires, whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier. The necessary equipment, including safety pack (DVA, shovel, probe), is provided to ensure both a safe and exhilarating experience.

Whether you opt for half a day of freeride or a full stay exploring the hidden riches of Ubaye, the possibilities are endless. The snow conditions in the valley guarantee memorable descents, filled with freedom and adrenaline, while allowing you to fully enjoy the untouched beauty of the Southern Alps.

Get ready to carve your way through fresh powder, dive into breathtaking snowy landscapes and experience unique moments of sliding in Ubaye.

9. Climbing and Via Ferrata for Stunning Views

The Ubaye Valley offers an exceptional setting for climbing and via ferrata, offering both routes for novice climbers and challenges for the more experienced. Whether you want to learn climbing on training sites or conquer long routes, Ubaye is your ideal playground.

Lovers of verticality will be delighted by the Motte du Caire via ferrata, offering introductory courses and more sporty itineraries, including footbridges, Nepalese bridges and dizzying zip lines. Each course is a promise of thrills and breathtaking landscapes.

The guides and instructors of the Ubaye Valley, with their passion and knowledge of the terrain, are ready to accompany you on these vertical adventures, ensuring your progress in complete safety. Discover the joys of climbing and via ferrata in one of the most beautiful settings in the Southern Alps.

Between rocky summits, glaciers and sharp ridges, Ubaye offers grandiose spaces for mountaineering, accessible to all thanks to dedicated professionals. Whether for a discovery outing or an internship, the emblematic peaks of the Southern Alps await you.

10. Kayak raft: Paddle at your own pace

Kayak rafting on the Ubaye offers an exciting adventure, offering paddlers of all levels the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of the valley. With routes ranging from gentle to tumultuous, Ubaye seduces with its diversity and its call to adventure.

Whether you choose a leisurely descent to enjoy the serene beauty of the river or are looking for challenging rapids for an adrenaline rush, the Ubaye meets all desires. Family kayak initiations are ideal for a first approach to white water, while the more sporty courses challenge even the most experienced paddlers.

We offer a wide range of activities, from airboat kayaking to hot dogs, ensuring unforgettable times on the water. Led by professional guides, you will discover the best sections of the river, adapted to your skill level and preferences.

With more than 60 rapids spread over 52 kilometers, Ubaye is a favorite destination for whitewater sports enthusiasts. Prepare to navigate one of Europe's last naturally flowing rivers, where every paddle stroke immerses you in a unique kayaking experience.

The Ubaye Valley is a paradise for lovers of white water sports, hiking, paragliding, and many other outdoor activities. Each adventure offers a new way to experience the wild beauty of this region. We strongly encourage you to come and live these unique experiences and share your own adventures and advice with the community of outdoor activity enthusiasts.

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The Ubaye Valley offers a multitude of activities to enjoy throughout the year. For skiing and snowboarding, the winter months from December to April are ideal. Summer, from June to September, is perfect for rafting, kayaking, and hiking, when the weather is warmer and the days longer. However, choosing the best time depends on the specific activity you want to do and the local weather conditions. Always check the weather forecast before planning your trip.

To practice outdoor activities while respecting the environment of the Ubaye Valley, follow the marked trails to minimize the impact on the flora. Take all your rubbish with you and avoid disturbing local wildlife. Never feed groundhogs. Use eco-friendly sunscreen products and insect repellents to protect waterways. Finally, favor guides and service providers who adopt sustainable and responsible practices. These actions help preserve the natural beauty of the Valley for future generations.

The Ubaye Valley offers hikes for all levels, from family walks to more technical treks. To choose the right route, first assess your physical condition and hiking experience. Find detailed information about the different routes available, including distance, elevation gain, and estimated duration. Route descriptions and feedback from other hikers can be very helpful. If you are just starting out or want to explore more complex routes safely, consider hiring a local mountain guide or leader.

Physical preparation is essential for a successful hiking experience in the Ubaye Valley, especially if you plan to tackle demanding routes. Start with muscle strengthening and cardiovascular exercises. Activities like cycling, swimming, or Nordic walking are excellent for improving your endurance. Remember to specifically target the lower body, as the thighs and core are particularly stressed when hiking. Finally, balance and flexibility are also important, so incorporate exercises such as squats, lunges, and stretches into your routine.

For hiking in the Ubaye Valley, make sure you have well-fitting hiking shoes for optimal support and protection. Pack a comfortable backpack with enough water, energy snacks, a map of the area, a compass or GPS, and a first aid kit. Don't forget weather-appropriate clothing, including extra layers for temperature changes, a hat, and sunscreen. For longer or higher altitude hikes, consider adding hiking poles, a safety whistle, a headlamp and an emergency shelter.

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