Walking in the French Alps
This self guided tour is with luggage transfer from one accomodation to the other one
Hiking in the Mercantour with Itinerance : responsible tourism
This walking holiday is operated by our company Itinerance-trekking, based in the Mercantour National park and we will be able to provide expert local knowledge. We will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price . You will share heart-warming moments with real, full-of-life people around a well-garnished table!
Mercantour national park, walking tour in the South of France, 100 km north of Nice.
Our walk : from the gorges de Daluis to the Allos lake in 7 days walking!
Gorges de Daluis in the Mercantour national Park
|Lac d'Allos: the core of the Mercantour national park|
A 6km-long canyon formed by the River Var, its red glow is thanks to the sandstone, iron oxide and copper mix. It runs north to south from Guillaumes to the small town of Daluis, where houses cling onto the valley slopes. With canyoning and climbing opportunities, following waymarked ways by foot is the sumptuously slow way to revel in the gorge's magnificent rock formations, waterfalls and dramatic drops.
The largest natural glacier lake in Europe at this altitude (2,220m). In the shadow of Mont Pelat, there are a number of hikes possible to this stunning waterfront, such as the one from Allos village, about six hours there and back. The trails are busy during summer weekends, but if you stay at the lake's mountain refuge hut there, you'll have it all to yourselves at sunrise.
This walk is full of variety. Through the foot-hills and the fragrance of Provence and up to the alpine panoramas of the Mercantour National Park.
From the oak to the larch; from the wheat fields to the gentian lawns; from a man-made landscape to a sweeping scenery of wilderness. The last two days are a grandiose conclusion to the trip - with a good general idea of high mountain conditions and Europe's largest glacial lake. Marmots, chamois and golden eagles will be there to meet you!
Prices for 2018 : 7 days/6 nights
Adult (option family rooms) 650 € (sup € 70 option individual rooms)
Children (aged 6 – 12) : 550 €
Holiday Type: Self guided, moderate / strenuous walking holidays. Return journey in minibus.
Departure: Depart from Villeplane, every day according to availability from June to 25 September
Level: We have planned this walk so as to offer each day a choice of several routes to the same lodging place, easy or difficult..
Path Conditions: Very well signposted and marked.
Transportation of luggage:: by car each day to your next lodging.
This includes full board in guesthouses, with local inhabitants and 1 night in a mountain refuge. You have two options regarding the accomodation option gite' where you will usually sleep in family rooms of 4 – 5 (8 in the mountain refuge), or 'option individual room' which is subject to availability, so get in quickly if you're on honeymoon!
|Included in the price :||Not included in the price, for those who do not come by car:|
Walking tour Mercantour/Day-by-day itinerary
|Optional Pre-night||Day 1|
|Arrival at the comfortable Ecolodge or mongol yurt at Villeplane. Organic food. Easy to reach us by bus from Nice or by the tiny train des pignes||From Villeplane de Guillaumes to Sauze. Your trek begins in the 'Redlands; a stroll around the balcony over a relief unique which is in Europe, and spectacular gorges truffled with copper mines!|
|Day 2:||Day 3|
|Sauze to St Martin. Across the beautiful plateau "de la Lare" which offers a remarkable sight of the valley the path will alternate between long passages in the pine forest and some grassy meadows.||St Martin-Val Pelens: The postman trail: A short, peaceful connecting link to your next destination which will allow you to 'tantalise' the high mountain altitude at your own rhythm. You can then continue with the extra option or you could split into two groups, one staying at the auberge and the other climbing a beautiful, mineral summit.|
|Day 4||Day 5|
|Val Pelens-Entraunes: A remarkable trek towards the vast alpine landscapes of the mountain pass of Champs, meeting marmots along your way and what is more, an open panorama over the hautes vallées. You will be stunned by the power of the dense, vertical waterfalls awaiting you towards the end of your day.||By the waterfalls: Walking up through the village, you will follow a pretty path along the bed of the impressive Var river, between towering cliffs, and across the footbridges over the torrents of Garréton, Aiglière and the Var, with their impressive vertical falls!|
|Day 6||Day 7|
|Typically alpine, deep into the Mercantour park, this magnificent walk combines all the attractive elements of a high mountain environment: Panoramic mountain passes, barren ravines and mineral valleys, where chamois and marmots soak up the sun!||Your weeks trek rounds off in a climax with an enchanted tour around the glacial lakes of Allos, Garrets and la petite Cayolle. You will lose yourself on this journey through nature, where the blue sky is reflected in the clear waters of the lakes and the endemic flora strewn with alpine pastures: Alonie bluebell, wooly Berardie, Koch gentians, acaulescent catchflies, vanilla orchids, pansies ...|