Mercantour - Alpes Maritimes - Around Mont Ténibre
Mercantour - Alpes Maritimes - Around Mont Ténibre

Mercantour - Alpes Maritimes - Around Mont Ténibre

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You will travel along many a military path and you can imagine the lives of those men of arms many years ago in the countless military camps and bunkers which are scattered throughout the itinerary, in the heart of Haute Tinée and La Stura.
Twin valleys, one of which runs towards the Pô plain and the other towards the Mediterranean, the Italian Stura valley and the Tinée valley are separated by Mont Ténibre which also links them and towers over them. Climbing, distance and isolation are on the menu for this Franco-Italian trail, spread over 5 days in the mountainous territory of the Mediterranean Alps.

1 point of interest

  • Refuge

    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:

    No 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).
  • Departure : Talarico refuge
  • Arrival : Talarico refuge
  • Towns crossed : Pietraporzio, Argentera, Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée, Isola, and Vinadio

Altimetric profile


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.
Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Access and parking

From the A6 Turin-Savona motorway: exit at the Cuneo toll booths, head towards Borgo San Dalmazzo, then Demonte and Vinadio. From Col de Tende: heading down from Limone, follow directions for Borgo San Dalmazzo, then Demonte and Vinadio, Pontebernardo.

Parking :

Talarico refuge carpark

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