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Canyoning

Canyoning is great fun - jump, slide and abseil down spectacular waterfalls or narrow gorges, and plunge into cool, natural pools. It's a great way to cool off and have lots of fun on a hot summer day in the French Alps.

Adventure Factor
Challenge yourself physically and mentally as you negotiate the gushing waterfalls, natural slides and jumps of a mountain canyon. Your adrenaline will be flowing!

Locations
Hautes Alpes, France

Months Available
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Age/Size Restrictions

The guideline age for most canyons we use is 10 or over. For some more challenging canyons the age limit is 14 and for longer technical canyons it is 16.

There is a kiddie canyon suitable for younger children in a smaller 'kiddie' sized canyon which is perfect for children aged 7 - 10.

Skill Level

No previous experience needed but a head for heights and a liking of water is an advantage! A go for it attitude will ensure you make the most of it! You must be able to swim!

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Canyoning in the Alps
Canyoning in the Alps - jumping in
Canyoning girls thumbs up
Canyoning in the Alps - on a natural slide
Kids Canyoning
Kiddie Canyon - abseiling
Canyoning - preparing for the toboggan
Canyoning - happy canyoners
Canyoning - flipping up off the toboggan
Canyoning in the Alps -  a flying toboggan
Canyoning and enjoying the pool
Canyoning head first toboggan
Canyoning a classic toboggan
Canyoning a spectacular jump
Canyoning star jump
Canyoning preparing to toboggan
Canyoning a fast toboggan
Canyoning at the top of the slide
Canyoning in the alps coming down
Canyoning and jumping in mid air
Canyoning doing a toboggan
Canyoning and abseiling a waterfall
canyoning the perfect toboggan position
Canyoning and basking in the pool
Canyoning on a really fast toboggan
Canyoning a natural toboggan
Canyoning jumping off the cliff
Canyoning jumping high off the cliff
Canyoning star jump in the air
Canyoning dood jumping
Canyoning in a toboggan
Canyoning looking down the drop
Canyoning jumper
Canyoning thumbs up in the mist
Kiddie canyon group thumbs up
Kiddie Canyon in pool
Kiddie canyon Granny jumping
Kiddie Canyon mum jumping
Kiddie Canyon boy smiling
Kiddie Canyon swimming out of pool
Kiddie Canyon girl shouting
Kiddie Canyon girl climbing out of pool
Kiddie Canyon jump
Kiddie Canyon girl in pool fun
Kiddie Canyon jumping in
Canyon abseiling
Kiddie Canyon thumbs up
Canyoning over the edge
Kiddie canyon mum sliding down
Canyoning abseiling waterfall
Canyoning Sale Sharks Rugby team
Canyoning big waterfall
Canyoning two sale sharks in a waterfall
Canyoning Sale Sharks rugby team in the canyon mis
Ben Cohen Canyoning
Canyoning Aston Croall
Canyoning in a waterfall Sale Sharks
Canyoning Sale Sharks Rugby team in a waterfall
Canyoning Aston Croall in waterfall La Blache
Sale Sharks Rugby team building in a canyon
Ben Cohen chilling in a canyon in the Alps

Canyoning

What better way to spend a hot summer's day, than by jumping into deep natural pools of cool clear alpine water, abseiling under the veil of a powerful waterfall or sliding down a natural rock tobogan!!!

What is Canyoning?

A canyon is a natural gorge, that has been gauged out of the mountain side by flowing water. They can be deep with steep cliff walls on each side and generally consist of a series of waterfalls that flow into large pools.

Canyoning is an exhilarating journey negotiating the best and most fun route down the canyon!

Some waterfalls carve natural tobogans into the rock that you can just slide down, some steeper waterfalls  require abseiling down and some have beautiful deep pools at the bottom that you can just jump into and splash about in! 

How to go Canyoning?

It is always adviseable to go canyoning with a guide. Have a look at our canyoning options on the right. You can do it as part of an activity holiday using our activity points system or we can arrange a private guide for your group.

Our guides are very experienced, fully qualified UIAGM high mountain guides who know the canyons in the region extremely well. They will choose the best canyon for you taking into account the conditions. They will look after you in the canyon, make sure you are safe and ensure you have lots of fun!

On guided canyoning trips, specialist wetsuits, harnesses and helmets are provided. You just have bring your bathing suit and some trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. Just a word of advice - you get changed at the minibus and there is a bit of a walk to access the start of the canyon. This is sometimes done in your swimsuit as it’s too hot to put your wetsuit on….so if you don’t feel ready to bear all, you can bring shorts and a t-shirt, which will go in the canyon with you!

When is the best time to go Canyoning?

The best time of year to go canyoning is in the late spring and summer, when there is a enough, but not too much water in the canyons and the sun is hot! 

 

Our Points System

With all of our activity holidays and some of our sport specific holidays we include a number of activity points which you can exchange for the activities of your choice. We will then incorporate your choices into your holiday and create your tailor made itinerary.

Activity Point Options
  • 2 Points - Kiddie Canyon - 1/2 a day guided
    Beginner / Min Age 7
  • 3 Points - Canyoning - 1/2 a day guided
    All Levels / Min Age 10
Other Options

We can organise 1/2 a day or a full day canyoning with a private guide for your group.

Or for keen canyoners why not spend the week trying out some different canyons. Please ask us about this when you enquire.

Holidays where you can do this activity

Ride the Alps Road Cycling (tailor made)
A tailor made road cycling trip taking in some of the famous Tour de France cols the Southern French Alps has to offer. With spectacular alpine scenery and 300 days of sunshine this holiday is a must for all cyclists. Perfect for small, independent groups.
winter
Summer Multi Activity Holiday
A totally flexible, tailor made activity holiday in the French Alps. Choose from a range of activities and accommodation to create your week of fun and adventure in the sun. Perfect for families with teenagers and children!
winter
Downhill Mountain Bike Week
Explore the best downhill tracks of the Southern French Alps using bike lifts and vehicle shuttles to get you to the cols and passes to start your descents with additional outdoor activities to add some extra adventure!
winter
Road Cycling Holiday in the Alps
A week of road cycling heaven taking in some of the famous Tour de France cols. Perfect for cycling clubs and enthusiasts looking for a challenge.
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School Multi Activity Trip
An unforgettable, fun and challenging multi activity holiday in the Southern French Alps. Perfect for school, college and scout groups.
winter
Summer Activity Weekend
A tailor made action packed activity weekend in the Alps. Perfect for stag and hen weekends, birthday celebrations or just a quick weekend away with friends.
winter
Reviews

Just perfect ! I would recommend Undiscovered Alps to anyone. Sally and JB were very welcoming and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The booking process was flawless and the points system works very well. During the activities the guides were professional, friendly and motivating.

John Williams
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