Circuit des lacs de Prals
Northern wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Regularly seen in the Alpine pastures and recognisable when flying thanks to a white mark on its back, this migratory bird, only present in the Mercantour in summer, is slightly bigger than a sparrow. It builds its nest out of dry grass, moss and roots, often in the shelter of a rock or in cracks.In September, it flies to Africa for the winter months.
Marmots (marmotta marmotta)
The main area where marmots spend their time is on the Alpine pastures but also on screes. They are often present on the Prals lakes itinerary! Keep your ears open as well: marmots make loud whistling noise. This is a way of warning its fellow marmots that danger is close.
If you hear such a call, look up: it is possible that a golden eagle is flying over the area. Marmots can weigh up to 6kg before winter but they retain their natural agility.
In spring, after at least 6 months of hibernation, they emerge looking thin. They then pick up their usual dietary and social habits, spending plenty of time in the sun.
Leaving from marker 360, go down the road until you reach marker 361. A gradual climb will lead you into the Prals Valley. Keep heading towards Lacs de Prals (markers 362 and 363).
Once you reach Plan de Prals (marker 364), leave the path which continues towards La baisse de Prals on your right and continue on the left until you reach the lakes.
When you reach the first lake, you can make a detour and explore the four others.
Continue up a final short slope which allows you to reach La baisse des Cinq lacs at an altitude of 2335m (marker 366). The path heads into the Fenestre Valley. The downhill path, which is quite sharp, will lead you to the cow barns (marker 359).
If you wish to visit the sanctuary, you need to cross the bridge and follow the GR (red and white markers). You can then get back to the starting point via the same route.
Office de Tourisme Métropolitain - Bureau d'information de Valdeblore - La Colmiane
La Colmiane, 06420 Valdeblore
04 93 23 25 90
Fermetures exceptionnelles les 1er janvier, Lundi de Pâques, Jeudi de l'Ascension, Lundi de Pentecôte, 1er mai, 8 mai, 14 juillet, 15 août, 1er novembre, 11 novembre et 25 décembre.
Information available at Saint-Martin-Vésubie Tourism Office (00 33 (0)4 93 03 21 28).
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