A beautiful walk to a secret valley with a lush green meadow surrounded by rocky mountain peaks.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Take the dirt track out of St-Dalmas-le-Selvage which follows the Torrent de Gialorgues south west. The track is quite bumpy and rough so you might prefer to park in the village. Otherwise find a safe place to park along the track. Follow the track which skirts alongside the river. The path heads uphill quite steeply in some sections.
(1) Continue until you reach a parking area. You then take a path on your right which winds up through beautiful woodland and meadows. The path joins a rocky stream and eventually the valley opens up into a wide meadow.
(2) Follow the path through the meadow. There are several large cairns to show you the way. The path rises gently until you reach a plateau where the Refuge de Gialorgues is situated.
(3) Return via the same route.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 5203ft - St-Dalmas-le-Selvage
1 : mi 2.23 - alt. 6444ft - Parking area
2 : mi 3.2 - alt. 7103ft - Meadow
3 : mi 3.86 - alt. 7474ft - Refuge de Gialorgues
D/A : mi 15.45 - alt. 5203ft - St-Dalmas-le-Selvage
Sturdy walking boots and hiking poles will be most useful. Take plenty of water - the road up is long and dusty and hot. This walk is within the Mercantour National Park - pay attention to the signs on what you can and cannot do.
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Look out for wildlife all along the walk - butterflies and birds abound. Don't forget to look up and see the Fort Carre - an amazing rocky outcrop which looks like a huge rectangular fort.
A short drive from St Dalmas le Selvage you will find this beautiful walk through meadows, woodland and up to rocky peaks.
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