Allos Lake (Lac d’Allos), 2-day hike in the Mercantour National Park


Fabrice, an UIMLA-certified Mountain Leader, takes you on a 2-day hike to the Allos Lake (Lac d'Allos), in the heart of the Mercantour National Park, near the French Riviera.



2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct


All Levels


  • Discover the the biggest alpine lake in Europe!
  • Enjoy the view of amazing landscapes with lakes and impressive high peaks
  • Hike along an area with abundant alpine fauna, like chamois and Ibex


Hike to the biggest lake in the Alps! The Allos Lake is considered the biggest natural alpine lake in Europe. It is about 3 kilometers long (2 miles).

This beautiful lake is situated in the Mercantour National Park, in the southern French Alps. It is about 3 hours drive from the French Riviera, Nice, Cannes and Monaco.

On the first day, we can enjoy a very nice easy day hike to reach the lake and go all around it to enjoy the views. It is a great hike for families or for easy going outdoorlovers.

For sporty people, it is possible to get much higher to enjoy amazing views.  This is one of the most scenic hikes in the southern Alps region! I propose you to visit three other lakes, enjoying great views!This option involves a 700-meter ascent and a 5-hour hike.

On the second day we can hike to another lake as an easy option. The area has a very abundant fauna, with species of chamois and many Ibex (mountain goats), marmots, birds of prey and many other alpine animals.

Many options are available for sportier hikers (intermediate to sunstained level). You could even get to the highest peak in the area, at 3000 meters (9000 feet) to enjoy the largest view over the southern French Alps.

An alpine cabin is available right by the lake or you may enjoy a little hotel or a nice alpine refuge in a very scenic valley in the well preserved Mercantour National Park. It is worth it to spend few days in this area, so you may also enjoy a 2-day or 3-day program here.

If you want to join me on this 2-day hike in the Allos Lake, just send me a request and book your trip. If you don’t have much time, it is also possible to join me on a 1-day hike in the Allos Lake.

Many other hikes are possible in the Mercantour National Park, in the Valley of Marvels  or in the Vésubie Valley. Also, check our 3-day programs in the northern French Alps in Mont Blanc and Vanoise.


About the guide

I am a hiking guide (International Mountain Leader) who has been working all over France (including Provence and the Alps), Italy and Portugal since 2001. I speak fluent English due to my frequent trips to Taos Ski Valley (in New Mexico, USA where my family runs a great hotel and ski school), and my hiking trips in the American Southwest.

I live mainly in Nice (French Riviera), but I also move all over the Alps working in different alpine valleys. I often visit Martinique (French Caribbean island), where I enjoy rainforest and tropical hikes.

When I´m not guiding, I also work as a photographer, and like to climb, ski, play tennis, or kitesurf in my spare time. Additionally, I really enjoy botany and history.

I can guide you for a half day or for as many days as you like. I´ll take you to discover my favourite French Riviera alpine region, and the wild and large Mercantour National Park (counting 8 different valleys) near Nice, Monte Carlo and Cannes.

In my region we can enjoy the Mediterranean landscape at sea level. As we move into higher altitudes, we will discover alpine lakes, larch or pine forests, orchids and alpine flowers, open meadows, spectacular medieval perched villages and old baroque chapels and churches, with great historic value.

We can also discover the hiking hotspots in Provence such as Calanques National Park, Verdon gorges, Sainte Victoire and the Var region, with Saint Tropez a particular highlight.

I also love to hike in Italy in the very famous world heritage Cinque Terre (the amazing national park of the "Five Lands"), or in Liguria near San Remo.

And finally, I always enjoy taking my guests to the northern Alps: to Chamonix and Mont Blanc´s amazingly large panoramas or to the great Vanoise National Park, the largest in the heart of French Alps.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 547 Each

Group of 2

EUR 279 Each

Group of 3

EUR 196 Each

Group of 4

EUR 176 Each

Group of 5

EUR 145 Each

Group of 6

EUR 124 Each

Group of 7

EUR 114 Each

Group of 8

EUR 93 Each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price per person for groups from 8 to 10 people: 80 EUR / Price per person for groups from 11 to 12 people: 65 EUR / Picnic on the first day can be provided by an extra cost of 12 EUR / The price does not include meals and lodging (also for the guide, 40 €).



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