Mercantour - Alpes Maritimes - Around Mont Ténibre
Lac de Vens and refuge
The Vens refuge only has a warden during the summer months. In winter, only one room is open to allow hikers to shelter. The Vens refuge overlooks a series of lakes of the same name. These lakes are of glacial origin, they are the result of a long erosion process by glaciers. The lake below the refuge (the biggest) is 31 metres deep. Ibex, chamois, mouflons and golden eagles can often be seen at the site. Very close to the refuge, you can see the endemic plant which was for a long time the symbol of the Mercantour National Park: Saxifraga florulenta.
Club Alpin Français: Capacity: 45 in summer and 30 in winter (no warden)
Reservations only be e-mail in summer: http://refugedevens.ffcam.fr/reservation.htmlNo shower, meal included
In the second stage, the "Chemin de l' énergie" passage is partially closed between beacons 111 and 110, by municipal by-law.
A diversion is set up from beacon 111, by ascending to Lake Fer and descending to Lake Pétrus (b. 110).
Specific regulations concerning protected species in Mercantour National Park.
This itinerary takes place along high-valley Alpine paths.
The accommodation sites listed are the only ones which are available along this route.Before heading off on a hike, ensure that you have studied the safety advice. If you are setting off on this hike in the early part of the season, you will need to take particular care as patches of snow can still be present in higher areas.
Access and parking
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