GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 4th section

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7 days 7 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 799 € From 799 €

From Larche to Menton

Right through the Alps towards people and mountains... The Grande Traversée des Alpes (GTA) between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean is a long-distance journey. The opportunity to take a long break and put daily life aside.
This itinerary runs along the Swiss and Italian borders while crossing five departments and some of the most famous ranges of the Alps.

4th section: from Larche to Menton - Ubaye, Mercantour, Vallée des Merveilles
The fourth section starts from Lake Geneva and goes to Menton. That section has an incredible diversity of landscapes, flora, heritage and the most specific architecture in the French Alps. From the highest summits of the Ubaye area, to the Mercantour lakes and wide open spaces; via "Vallée des Merveilles", you will be diving towards the Mediterranean sea by a multitude of valleys, mountain passes and mountain villages. Don't be a fool, the local terrain and the deep valleys make it physically challenging. A dazzling experience.

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  • Section 4: Ubaye, Mercantour, Vallée des Merveilles
  • Baggage transport
  • The Mediterranean objective!

GRANDE TRAVERSEE DES ALPES - 4th section

Next date Next departure 28/06/20

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 28/06/20
to 04/07/20
Guaranteed departure 799 € Book online
From 12/07/20
to 18/07/20
Guaranteed departure 799 € Book online
From 26/07/20
to 01/08/20
Guaranteed departure 799 € Book online
From 09/08/20
to 15/08/20
Guaranteed departure 799 € Book online
From 23/08/20
to 29/08/20
Guaranteed departure 799 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 12/09/20
Guaranteed departure 799 € Book online

Possibility to link up 1, 2, 3 or 4 sections of the GTA...

GTA 1 et 2
GTA 1 à 4

We book the extra nights and potential transfers between the sections... Please contact us!

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organization and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in gites, refuges and small hotel ;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation (except day 4) ;
  • Bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits ;
  • Airport taxes ;
  • Cancellation insurance ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

Contact us !

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet at 9:00am in front of Auberge du Lauzanier in Larche or at 8:00am at Montdauphin-Guillestre train station.

LARCHE - VALLON DU LAUZANIER - PAS DE LA CAVALE
Departure for Lauzanier Valley at the gates of the Mercantour National Park. Climb via a pleasant path to reach Lake Lauzanier before a final slightly steeper climb to the pass. A magnificent view from Cavale pass on the Tinée and the surrounding massifs. Descend into the high valleys of the "Alpes Maritimes" passing by Fourches pass and the magnificent promontory of "Mont des Fourches". Reaching the Bonnette Restefond road (the highest road in Europe) encountering poignant vestiges of the Maginot line. Night in Bousseyas, the first hamlet of this high valley of Tinée. 
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -1100m

Day 2

ISOLA 2000 - MERCIÈRE PASS - LE BORÉON
After an early transfer to Isola 2000 ski resort, climb to Mercière pass (2342m). Descent and cross above the ancient village of Mollière, up to Salèze pass. Depending on the weather conditions and the level of the group, detour to Lake Negere. Descend into Vésubie to Boréon village. Night in gite.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -850m

Day 3

LE BORÉON - LE PAS DES ROUBINES - MADONE DE FENESTRE
From Boreon, climb through a beautiful spruce, pin and fir forest to the small plateau of Maïris and Roubines pass (2124m). Beautiful hike by the ridges via Pisset pass (2233m) and Agneliere ridge (in option) before going down to Madone de Fenestre to spend the night.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +750m -500m

Day 4

MADONE DE FENESTRE - COULOMB PASS - NICE REFUGE 
From Madone de Fenestre you will discover an itinerary bordered with lakes wich leads you to the mineral Coulomb pass. This surprising breach opens up on a new landscape : the former glacial valley of Goulasque. Climb to Lake Fous and continue to Nice refuge, sitting on top of the lake. Night at the refuge, without your luggage. From there, you can leave your bag at the refuge and continue walking to the lakes of Mount Clapier.
4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -800m

Day 5

NICE REFUGE - VALLEE DES MERVEILLES - CAMP D'ARGENT
Early departure, going from "Vallée des Merveilles" to the first panoramas of the Mediterranean sea. From Nice refuge, climb to "Baisse Basto" to reach the famous "Vallée des Merveilles" and its rock carvings; we can see those who are next to the path. A multitude of lakes in the middle of this mineral landscap will enchant you. After a snack, we leave Pas du Diable valley. From there, change of scenery, crossing several mountain passes at medium altitude and sheep pastures. At Raux pass, climb to the small plateau of Authion dominated by a remarkable redoubt, high place of confrontation during the Second World War. From Authion, on a clear day, first panorama on the Mediterranean sea. Descend to the small ski resort of Camp d'Argent.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -1700m

Day 6

CAMP D'ARGENT - MOUNT VENTABREN - MANGIABO - SOSPEL
A magnificent day on the ridges. Leaving these landscapes rich in military vestiges of the Second World War to reach Sospel by Mount Ventabren and Mangiabo. With a continuing view on the Var mouth and the outskirts of Nice.
Nice descent to Sospel village, along Bevera torrent, for the night.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1050m -1650m

Day 7

SOSPEL - COL DU RAZET - VIEUX CATSELLAR - MENTON
Last day of the GTA, not there yet... but can you smell the sea ?!
Beautiful climb to Razel pass (1032m) on an old paved path in the middle of ruined shepherd huts. Passing flocks of sheep and goats from Rove, testifying our arrival in Provence. The vegetation becomes much more leafy and fragrant. Chestnut trees, maples and rosemary are present along the route. Enjoying the last mountain pass, Berceau pass (1050m) to have a picnic lunch overlooking Menton bay and harbour... Follows 1050m of descent to the water's edge!
6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -1450m

End point around 4:30pm in Menton harbour.

The trip

LEVEL ***

Elevation: +900m/-1450m approximately per day.
Walking time: 5 to 7.5 hours per day.
Type of trek: easy mid-mountain terrain on varied trails. Well marked paths often above the vegetation level with a few forested sections. In the Mercantour region, some sections are rocky.

Trek organised in collaboration with our local partner who are offering an authentic approach.

GUIDING

Group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

CLASSIC: 6 nights in refuge and gite in dormitory.
All accommodation offers hot showers. Sheets and towels are not provided. Shared bathrooms.

Double/twin bedroom supplement in option for nights 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 (depending on availability) : 85€ per person.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

PHYSICAL CONDITION

To be able to easily walk 15km (on flat trails) in 3 hours maximum.
If this is not the case, at least 3 weeks before departure, 2 to 3 times a week, we advise you to undertake some prior fitness training: 4 to 5 km of jogging or 3 to 4 hours hiking or cycling. Your physical preparation will enable you enjoy your trek to the maximum.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at 9:00am in front of Auberge du Lauzanier in Larche (exit the village direction Italy).

BY TRAIN
Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) - Montdauphin - Guillestre by TGV.

In option : pick up at 8:00am at Guillestre - Montdauphin train station. Booking required.
Return: transfer possible to Menton train station, train to Nice (40 mins). Access to Nice airport and mainline trains (arrival at Nice train station after 18:00). Airport shuttle in front of the train station.
Night train (or the day after) from Nice to Gare de Lyon (Paris) -> OUI SNCF.

Possibility to return to Larche or Guillestre - Montdauphin train station by special transfer. 3.2 hours to Larche and 4.2 hours to Montdauphin-Guillestre train station.
Booking is required: 35€/person.

BY CAR      
We advise you to consult www.viamichelin.fr to plan your journey. Free parking available at Montdauphin - Guillestre train station.
You can access Larche by car via Gap, Ubaye Valley taking direction Barcelonnette then Col de Larche (Italian border). The village of Larche is 5km before the pass. The Auberge du Lauzanier is located just outside the village of Larche direction Italy. Free parking near the hostel or tourist office.

Return to Larche or Guillestre - Montdauphin train station by special transfer. 3.2 hours to Larche or 4.2 hours to Montdauphin-Guillestre train station.
Booking required: 35€/person.      

End point around 4:30pm at Menton harbour. 

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Montdauphin:
Hôtel Lacour: 04 92 45 03 08  (room prices from 40€). 
Free transfer at 8:00am from your hotel to departure point.

Larche:
Auberge du Lauzanier: 04 92 84 35 93 (half-board from 50€ per person).

Menton or Nice:
Accommodation available near the train station (from 40€ per person).

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Our insurance can only be sold to European citizens speaking French.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported between accommodation by our vehicle (except day 4). You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! 
Please use one bag per person; gathering together the belongings of two people usually leads to a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg is better than one bag of 20 !

Luggage which are too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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