Walking Tour in the French Alps

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Walking in the French Alps

walk in High Provence

What we do

Mercantour National Park

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Inn to Inn

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Wolf are you there?
This journey 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! A wolf may observe you from afar, too fearful to draw near.

Various trekking options each day!
The Mercantour National Park is ideal for trekking; the number of variants means there are so many new paths to explore. By opting to have your luggage transported by car, you are free to set off with nothing but yourselves and your picnic. Each day on this circuit consists of alternative routes, which allow you to see more remote features and more rugged and austere scenery. The walking time per day varies between 6 - 8 hours, and the ascent levels between 800 m - 1200 m.

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Prices for 2019 : 7 days/6 nights

Adult (option family rooms) 660 € Children aged 6 – 12 : 560 €

Included in the price :   Not included in the price, for those who do not come by car:
The advice of  a  local guide  who will welcome you in English: On the morning of your arrival, we will assess the various possibilities together, taking into consideration the weather forecast and your physical abilities.
Full board accommodation  This includes 2 nights in auberges ( inns), 2 nights in « gîtes», 1 in an hotel, and 1 night in a mountain refuge. Each lodging is comfortable and clean, and will provide your breakfast, picnic lunch and a well-deserved dinner. The rooms consist of shared rooms of 4-5, unless you request 'option individual rooms' when booking. Showers are available throughout.
Transportation of luggage : by car each day to your next lodging.
A road book; an IGN map of the paths (25/000) ; a leafy booklet on the valley, its fauna and flora, and a leaflet published by the Mercantour National Park.
The transfer from Estenc-Villeplane at the end of your trek.

The air fare
The return fare from the airport up to the mountains. EITHER :
by bus Nice-Guillaumes (once daily: 3€ per person return journey.) OR
by the small mountain train Nice-Entrevaux (4/5 times daily: 25€ per person return journey)
The transfer from and to the train/bus station at the beginning and end of your journey.

Guillaumes: 35 € per group return journey OR
Entrevaux: 85 €/per group return journey.
Drinks and personal expenditures


Walk in the Mercantour national Park
Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Villeplane - Villeplane
  Day 2: Villeplane : St Martin d'Entraunes:

Welcome at 8.30 at the farm of Villeplane. Our local guide will assess the various possibilities together, taking into consideration the weather forecast and your physical abilities .

2 options :We offer a lovely, relaxing half-day hike, far from everything. The top of the Collet peak offers a 360 degree vista of all the peaks of the valley. A shaded picnic amongst the larch trees and a pit-stop along a mountain stream, which allows for some fun splashing around. Night at the ecolodge of Villeplane

or  longer walk to “le belvédère des gorges rouges” to the breathtaking Alpine red gorges along a wide panoramic vista, over a relief unique  in Europe.



 This fairly long hike borrows an ancestral path connecting villages between them. It will impregnate you with the wilderness charm of our mountains and their 2500 meter sommets cutting through the blue of the sky, punctuated by small hamlets perched with their walls made of dry stones, shaded forests and amusing halts in the pools of refreshing torrents. To benefit from it fully, it's best to leave before 9:00. You will immediately be plunged in the environment of the northern side of medium sized mountains, surrouned by black pines and other typical moutain tree species.


Day 3: St Martin d'Entraunes-Val-Pelens
  Day 4: By the col des champs ( 2045 m )

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 below, or, if the children are tired, you could split into two groups, one staying at the auberge and the other climbing the beautiful, mineral summit.
This way with its  evocative name, recalls the time (not so distant than that) when the public service  had to provide good pair of shoes to ensure mail delivery ...


  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.
Day 5: Entraunes-Estenc   Day 6: Estenc- Refuge  de la Cayolle
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!   An ascent which progresses in altitude up a beautiful path through a centennial larch tree forest to the timberline (edge of inhospitable climate), where you emerge to find high mountain pastures and the charming mountain range of Sanguinière with its wild scenery, typical of the contrast and diverse southern Alps.
Day 7: col de la Cayolle- Estenc (2676 m )

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 ...In this geological battleground, where the emerging Alps have pushed back the sea, stone glacials and high altitude waters bring your journey to an end amidst the glittering blue expanse of the lake of Allos. 

OPTION 2 : Highest summit, The Mont Pelat at 3050m!






Contact Get in touch with us

Itinérance -trekking

Itinérance -trekking
Hameau de Villeplane
F. 06470 Guillaumes
tél:0033 ( 0 )4 93 05 56 01 info@itinerance.net



“Hello Christine: We enjoyed reading this article. Our trip with you last summer was very special and we would be happy for you to give our e-mail address to any UK based enquirers who are thinking of booking and would like to speak to someone who has already been. Best wishes” Lesley Eddleston & family :leddleston@hotmail.co.uk

Climax (Mont Pelat); well organised; easy to follow route; very amenable hosts at night stops; honest mountain fare (and plenty of it); mostly off the tourist trail; good value for money; under our own steam but companionship from other trekkers in eves; accommodation basic but, on the whole, charming; glad to support local economy in lesser visited valley; no Brits (that's a plus!). How do we beat that next year?

“I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on Mercantour self guided walking holidays. Great holiday - five-star trip. Superb scenery; walks outstanding capped by 10,000-foot ” reviewed 26/8/06 by Andrew Baxter

Hello Christine, Just a quick e-mail to let you know we had a fantastic walk up through the Haute Vallée du Var to the Parc du Mercantour with Manu (our donkey) last week. Manu was perfect for us as was the accommodation and food for the whole week. Thankyou and best regards. Keith and Leanne Massey