Lac vert de la Valmasque
Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustfolium)
Mountain ash (sorbus aucuparia)
Alpine ibex (Capra ibex)
La Valmasque refuge
IGN Map: 3841 OT
Departure: Castérino (entrance Park National du Mercantour)
Elevation: 540 m
Capacity: summer (54), winter (12)
Possibility of eating and having a shower
Warden: Mid-June – end September
Information CAF: 04 93 62 59 99
Out of season upon reservation: 04 92 31 91 20
CAF website: http://refugedevalmasque.ffcam.fr/reservation.html
Tende Tourism Office: 04 93 04 73 71Park House: 04 93 04 67 00
At the end of the carpark, which is the starting point for the hike, you will find signpost 394 pointing towards “Lac Vert et refuge de Valmasque”. The itinerary begins on a track which crosses the gorges, before leading to a widening of the Valmasque Valley.
At marker 374, leave the track and take the path for Vastière des Dragons (follow the signposts for “Refuge de Valmasque”). At the Cabane Julie waterfall, the path zigzags upwards and goes over an old glacier cliff face. Subsequently, the pleasant refuge of Valmasque (meals, drinks and accommodation available, subject to reservation). it is located on a rocky outcrop rendered smooth by glaciers, between two lakes.
Chamois and ibex are often present, except during the hottest periods of the day when they disappear... could it be due to spell by the witch?
Follow the same route for the return journey.
From Nice or italy, take Le Train des Merveilles to St Dalmas de Tende, then the bus to Castérino (bus no. 923)
For more information: http://www.tendemerveilles.com/component/content/article/2-non-categorise/111-acces.html
Tel.: 00 33 (0)4 93 04 73 71
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