Mercantour Ski Tour

Ski the Southern French Alps

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Only one hour from Nice and the Mediterranean is the Mercantour National Park in the Southern French Alps. Known for its prehistoric cave paintings in the Vallée des Merveilles this surprising and diverse massif offers summits over 3000m, lakes and extensive larch pine forests. It makes for a lovely intermediate ski tour.

¤ Views of the Mediterranean
¤ Wolves, larch forests and frozen lakes
¤ Climb the Mont des Merveilles


Dates: 16 - 23 March 2019
Price: 1395€pp. Includes: transfer to and from Nice, six days ski touring with a qualified UIAGM high mountain guide, seven nights full board hotel and refuge accommodation. Not included: equipment hire, ski passes and taxi/bus transfers during tour.
Grade: D2:A2:F2
Meet: Nice.
Contact and Book: Sian

Itinerary

mercantour_skiDay One: Transfer from Nice to the Gordolasque Valley close to St Martin de Vésubie for a night in a hotel.

Day Two: We transfer to the end of the road and begin our 1600m climb to the Mont des Merveilles at 2651m. We then have a short descent to the Refuge des Merveilles at 2111m.

Day Three: Today is a long traverse towards the Refuge de Nice (2232m) via the Baisse de la Valmasque (2541m) and refuge_de_nice_skithe Baisse du Balto (2693m). There is not much climbing compared to yesterday, but quite a distance across frozen lakes.

Day Four: The Mt Clapier at 3045m is our goal for today. This is a superb summit and we take it in a loop meaning light packs and back to the same refuge for the night.

agnel01Day Five: Climbing up to the Balcon du Gélas (3085m) provides us with a view onto the Mediterranean. We then have a good descent to the Refuge de la Madonne de la Fenestre (1908m).

Day Six: We reach the Refuge de la Cougourde (2100m) via the Pas des Ladres (2448m). There are a number of options along the way which we will explore depending on the group and the conditions.

Day Seven: A beautiful itinerary to finish - we climb the Cime de l'Agnel at 2927m and then descend via the refuge all the way to the hamlet of Boréon at 1500m. Return to the hotel via taxi.

 

 

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To book you can use the on-line booking system below - select your start date and your end date and then proceed. The system will ask for a deposit which you pay using PayPal. Or, if you prefer, you can email us directly (sian@pyrenees-mountains.com), ring directly on +33 5 62 92 81 52 or Skype at sian.grigg.

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