La Cayolle refuge
Refuge managed by Mercantour National Park.
Capacity: 36 in refuge
Warden: 04 92 81 24 25 (from 15th June to 15th September) or 04 93 05 54 90 (all year if no reply at first number).
E-Mail: email@example.comWebsite: www.refugedelacayolle.com
Lac des Garrets
The lake incurs the ramifications of its high altitude. The high level of evaporation in the summer sees it shrink, giving it the characteristic shape of a wine glass in autumn. The freezing weather which causes it to “hibernate” for nearly 8 months a year, would appear to prevent life from surviving in it. However, an energy-capturing phytoplankton began developing there, opening the way to life in the mountain lakes.
Here, however, life halted at the plankton stage. The rare organic matter is used by an inactive lifeform. Given that the lake is “cleaned” in this fashion , the waters of this oligotrophic lake are clear, despite it being stagnant.
From one cairn to another
A bare, secretive and fascinating environment: From Pas du Lausson to Col de la Petite Cayolle, these are the high mountains. The décor is rocky and grass is thin on the ground. This is also the stronghold of audacious plants. In order to protect themselves against the hostility of the climate, they are small and perennial, often with large and colourful flowers.This vegetation which, highly adapted to climatic hardships, is fragile and of exceptional value. Plants which can be found here include the spring gentian, moss campion, glacier crowfoot, the stemless gentian, Alpine toadflax…, but also certain endemic species like Berardia subacaulis and Campanula allionii.
Mercantour National Park Refuge-Hotel
Refuge open all year
Restaurant open every day from May to September and upon reservation all year
Capacity: 11 bedrooms; 2 dormitories (6 to 8 people), 4 family rooms (2 to 4 people) and 5 double rooms.
Half-board from 44€, special prices for families, children and groups.
Tel: (0)4 92 32 20 79
+33 (0)6 38 83 21 42
Prices and complementary information: http://www.refuge-bayasse.fr/
Make sure that you prepare for your hike:
- Contact Météo Montagne on 0 899 710 206 to be informed of any possible bad weather or specific meteorological conditions (snow, storm, fog, strong winds).
- Make sure you take all that you need with you: water, sufficient resources for energy, backpack, hiking boots, a hat in summer, a first aid box.- Remember to make reservations at the refuges before your hike, particularly during the summer months.
Access and parking
From Barcelonette, head towards Col de la Cayolle, Nice(D902).From Nice, head towards Digne (N202), then Col de la Cayolle via Guillaumes (D2202).
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