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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.

Private

Alps

2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Occasional

All Levels


Highlights

  • 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

Description

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.

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 530 Each

Group of 2

EUR 270 Each

Group of 3

EUR 190 Each

Group of 4

EUR 170 Each

Group of 5

EUR 140 Each

Group of 6

EUR 120 Each

Group of 7

EUR 110 Each

Group of 8

EUR 90 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

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 €).


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.

Languages

French | English

Certificates

UIMLA

Residence

Nice, France


What people are saying about Fabrice Morel

Kirk Martin7

5.00

November, 2022

Fabrice goes out of his way to make your experience as interesting and meaningful as possible. It is clear that he puts a lot of energy and time into these experiences, and genuinely cares that his guests have a good time. I ended up adding another hike with Fabrice because it was such a good experience. He provides a lot of insight I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. Highly recommended.

Hledis Halfdanardottir

5.00

August, 2022

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Amy Walker

5.00

August, 2022

This is a stunning hike with magnificent scenery and views throughout. Fabrice was a wonderful guide. He had expert knowledge about the area and throughout the hike pointed out numerous different types of wildlife, plants, rocks as well as explaining the history of the area. He was passionate and engaging. This was a great experience and one of the highlights of our holiday.

Danielle Kiernan

5.00

August, 2022

Amazing hike with Fabrice and I learned so much from him! He’s very knowledgeable. As a solo traveler I’m grateful for explore share and Fabrice for taking me hiking, as I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to go alone.

Daria Ivanova

5.00

August, 2022

It was a great adventure in a very nice and professional company:)

Liberty Hall

5.00

July, 2022

Fabrice is an amazing guide! We would definitely recommend Fabrice for any hiking in the area. He was very knowledgeable and fun to talk with. We had such a good time, we hired him for a second hike while we were in the region.

Paul Stillman

5.00

June, 2022

Wonderful adventure and camaraderie. Merci !

Guy Wagner

5.00

May, 2022

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Laurice Wong

5.00

May, 2022

Fabrice was a wonderful guide who was very knowledgable about the area - from geography, history to the animals and plants we saw on our hike, he had a story to tell for all of them! He was incredibly nice to drive us to the mountains and back our Airbnb (only around 1.5 hours into the mountain) and the hike that we settled on was perfect - we saw multiple groups of ibexes and chamois, took in the wonderful Alps scenery and ended our hike at a beautiful alpine lake. I can’t recommend the experience more since it added so much to our trip in the Riviera, it was a truly differentiated experience. Would definitely be back again.

Sue Ann Ho

5.00

April, 2022

Fabrice is a first-class guide! Taking into account last-minute weather changes and after assessing our fitness, he quickly customised an exciting itinerary that led us from the Préalpes to the beautiful hilltop villages of Gourdon, Tourettes-sur-Loup and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. He pointed out great photo opportunities, so we managed to take plenty of nicely-framed photos on our smartphones. Fabrice also introduced us to the game of pétanque and thanks to him, we were able to understand and appreciate the games as they were being played by the locals during our trip.

Ava Chandler

5.00

March, 2022

We loved our hike with Fabrice! My family and I had the best time and he was so knowledgeable on the area we were hiking with regards to the history and flora/fauna. Afterwards he even took us through a beautiful town and local winery. This experience was the highlight of our trip in France!

Vicki Fleischer

5.00

January, 2022

Fabrice is an amazing guide. We ended up hiking in the Esterel Mountains with him and enjoyed it so much, we signed up for another day of hiking near Gourdon with him later that week. He is easy going, smart, interesting, encouraging and fun to be with. Loves nature and photography. I am looking forward to trying one of his Nordic Walking group sessions next. We feel like we make a great friend in Fabrice. Recommend him 100%!

Daniel Laufer

5.00

October, 2021

Fabrice was a wonderful guide with a wide knowledge of not only the history of the area but the flora and fauna of the French Mediterranean coast. The hike provided beautiful views of the cities along the coast as well as the mountains behind them. Highly recommend both the hike and the guide.

Daniel Laufer

5.00

October, 2021

This was our second hike with Fabric who is a great guide. He was born and raised in the area and is completely knowledgeable about the nature and history of the coastal cities and the park. The day that we hiked, was cloudy and cool at the higher elevations so he selected alternate routes that provided us with spectacular views of the mountain valleys that make up the park as well as a tour of Sospel a fascinating village that was part of the salt trade. The scenery is definitely worth the hike and Fabrice is a great guide and a pleasure to be with.

Olivier Coune

5.00

July, 2021

Magnificent hike in and around the Verdon gorges with Fabrice. An experienced guide, who shares his experience and is full of information during an exceptional safe hike. A little effort (it goes up a bit), good times, beautiful pictures, great conversations and great memories. Thank you # Explore_share

Line Christel Lysholdt

5.00

July, 2021

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Corinne Ottavj

5.00

August, 2020

Fabrice nous a proposé une très belle randonnée. Il nous a permis d'observer la flore et de voir de nombreux chamois, des marmottes. Le niveau de marche était parfaitement adapté au groupe. Très belle journée !

Pascal Van Brabant

5.00

August, 2020

I had an amazing day, guide was very good and helpfull. I was some wildlife and the nature was breathtaking... thx a lot

Rachel

5.00

November, 2019

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Brice Gouvernel

5.00

October, 2019

We had an amazing trip, we wanted to explore the Mercantour region, reconnect with nature, and spend quality time as a couple. Fabrice understood the brief, was clear in his guidelines to prepare the trip, proposed different options, and, ultimately, adapted the hikes on a day to day basis based on the weather. For example, instead of having us hike all day in the mountains in pouring rain on the first day, he adapted the program and took us for a hike all around Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat along the riviera coast. The hikes were stunning, especially at this time of the year (fall) with amazing lights and colors. We highly recommend Fabrice as a guide, he is very knowledgeable on the fauna&flora, local history, on wolves. He also initiated us to some key principles of Nordic walking and mindful walking. Thanks Explore & Share team for connecting us. We definitely will do it again and recommend to friends.

LAM Jit Sau

5.00

September, 2019

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Anonymous

5.00

August, 2019

We spent a day hiking with guide Fabrice in Mecantaur Park. It was a great hike with different levels of difficulty. We rested at the lake at around 2000 meters and then made our way to the mountain pass high above. We were rewarded with a lot of wildlife sightings and even a patch of snow in August. Patrice was great and gave us a lot of information about the area and the flora and fauna. He was also great at pointing out historical events that took place in the area in the past.

Anonymous

5.00

August, 2019

Fabrice was very knowledgeable and he was very patient with us - first time trekkers! We really enjoyed our time and we look forward to our next one!

Nicolas Rehbinder

5.00

June, 2019

Superbe randonnée au lac de Fenestre. Le guide Fabrice connaît vraiment bien son sujet, le parc du Mercantour, qu’il commente bien, et la randonnée en général. Il su très bien s’adapter à mon niveau (très moyen). Je recommande vivement !

REKHA PAI

5.00

May, 2019

We really enjoyed our trip up and around Utelle. Based on weather conditions, Fabrice identified and organized a slightly different hike for optimal views and tailored to our hiking abilities. He also organized hotel transportation and a lovely picnic. He was very knowledgeable about local history. We are so glad that we were able to get off the beaten path and see something truly special.

Angie

5.00

November, 2018

Thanks again, it was one of our favourite moments from the holiday!

Clinton

5.00

September, 2018

The trip was great! Fabrice was a wonderful guide and I’m contemplating further trips with him and explore share.

Leidia

5.00

August, 2018

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike to Mercantour National Park. Fabrice was entertaining and knowledgeable, and helpful. He arranged for our pickup from our hotel at Nice, and even drove us to a village bakery to pack a Provençal sandwich for our picnic at the top of the mountains. Fabrice shared with us a lot of information about the place’s landscape, flora and fauna. And he also showed us how to spot the wildlife and take pictures of the animals. We learnt that he’s also an avid photographer and has extensive experience in nature photography. The highlight of our trip was reaching the crystal clear mountain lake, close to the top of the mountain range, where we also got to cross the border from France into Italy for our picnic. The only regret we have is not being able to spend more time in the park, as the hike took most of the day. We will definitely be interested in doing this again! Thanks for the arrangement! Regards Ernest and Leidia

Ayesha

5.00

August, 2018

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Bret Hash

5.00

May, 2018

Our excursion with Fabrice was one of the highlights of our trip to France. He was extremely knowledgable about the area and the local history. He even went out of his way to take us to see some local orchids that were in bloom when he learned that we love orchids! We will definitely take another trip with him the next time we find ourselves in the area.

Christopher Forsyth

5.00

February, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our hike in the rain forest of Martinique! We'd expected the enjoy the scenery, mostly, but got so much more than that. Fabrice kept us fascinated with the botany of the forest, the history of Martinique, as well as the scenery (of course!). And Fabrice did a great job of setting a pace that was appropriate for everybody's comfort level on the sometimes steep, sometimes slippery trail.

Marc Apilado

5.00

October, 2017

100% trusted Services and no scams at all. They will find a way to meet your request and schedules. Guide was very friendly and I really had fantastic 1 day trip! Kudos to the team involved!

Julia Boe Jensen

5.00

September, 2017

It was a fabulous day in the mountains with our guide Fabrice. He really loves his jobs. It much more a passion than a job for Fabrice. He has a patience wit h his hiking guests and a lot of knowledge about local flora and fauna. We will love to hike with Fabrice again and again. Julia, Niels and Josephine

Dominique Borletti

5.00

May, 2015

Hotel à Levanto très bien situé, personnel accueillant, nourriture très bonne et variée. Nous avons été enchantés de notre séjour et avons même regretté de ne pas être restés quelques jours de plus ! Site internet bien renseigné. Personnel efficace, réactif. Carnet de voyage détaillé

Mme Lambelin

5.00

April, 2015

Le topo guide très précis. Avons apprécié les informations et commentaires sur les sites, ainsi que les options complémentaires. Nous étions rétissants à partir en liberté, finalement on pense que c’était la meilleure formule. Nous avons ainsi pu rythmé nos journées en fonction du temps, et des surprises sur les voyages.

Mme Chanteperdrix

5.00

June, 2013

De belles ballades sur les sentiers de ces magnifiques villages perchés des « cinque terre » Vu sur la mer magnifique, malgré le temps mitigé , mais un climat idéal pour marcher. Un groupe de 14 personnes. tous très sympas. Hôtel à Levanto bien placé. Hôtel très accueillant, chambre propre. Cette hôtel est bien située, près des commerces et non loin de la gare. Personnels très serviables, petits déjeuners et dîner copieux, rien à dire.

Joel Diaz

5.00

April, 2013

Découvrir les Cinque Terre à travers cette formule est vraiment un très bon choix. _ Fabrice, notre guide a fait un sans faute dans le choix et l’ordre des randonnées et dans la gestion du groupe. L’organisation du timing des retours, en train et bateau parfaite et très agréable. Lors des parcours, les anecdotes historiques et les renseignements botaniques venaient agrémenter nos poses de façon mesurée. _ L’animation qui nous a été réservé avec la complicité du patron de l’hôtel a été une excellente surprise... La qualité des repas, la gentillesse du personnel de l’hôtel, ainsi que la météo ont rendu ce séjour inoubliable ! Grazie mille Fabrice

Laurence Marcel

5.00

April, 2013

Séjour très bien organisé ; les circuits sont superbes ; carnet de route très détaillé et précis ; prestations de l’hôtel très satisfaisantes.

Régine, Christophe, Daniel et Lydie

5.00

February, 2012

Séjour convivial et intéressant. Correspond exactement à nos attentes. Merci à Fabrice pour sa disponibilité, et bravo et encore Merci à Valentin notre guide qui a su nous intéresser, nous faire découvrir et partager sa passion ! Bravo pour ses paniers pique-niques. A refaire et à recommander

Bauer Madeleine

5.00

September, 2011

J’ai beaucoup apprécié ce séjour (...) Dans l’ensemble tout a parfaitement fonctionné. Personnellement, j’ai beaucoup aimé Sao Lourenco et la traversée « royale » entre les pics (les deux extrêmes !) pour les paysages. Et la piscine d’eau de mer de Porto Moniz. A noter aussi la gentillesse des « Madériens » en général ainsi que le professionnalisme et la disponibilité du guide

Le groupe de Saône

5.00

August, 2011

Une fois encore, l’amicale de Saône a été ravie par les belles randos proposées, les riches commentaires du guide, les pique-niques de qualité, l’attention du guide pour chacun. Merci encore

Mr Albert JP

5.00

August, 2011

Un séjour très satisfaisant, le guide ayant su s’adapter au niveau des participants, moduler le rythme des randonnées en durée et difficultés et ayant prodigué des commentaires variés et étoffés sur les sujets intéressants le groupe, le tout avec sérieux et humour. Un séjour pris en charge du début à la fin, n’ayant pour objectifs que de s’instruire et de profiter des paysages divers et étonnants.

Marie Christine Plaud

5.00

June, 2011

Je vous adresse ce mail de la part de nous trois pour vous faire un retour sur quatre jours extraordinaires. Ce que nous avons aimé : l’hôtel pour son confort, sa propreté, sa cuisine délicieuse et authentique, l’accueil qui nous a été réservé. Nous avons aimé votre programme et le sens des rando tel que vous l’avez construit. c’était tout simplement parfait ! Voila pour nos premières impressions. Nous sommes RAVIES, ENCHANTEES de ce périple et n’avons qu un regret, ne pas être restées plus longtemps. Moi qui ai échangé de nombreux mails avec vous avant de partir, je tenais aussi à vous adresser un grand merci pour votre efficacité et la qualité de votre accueil, la rapidité de vos réponses. BRAVO. Au plaisir de vous recontacter pour une autre aventure (nous aimerions renouveler l’expérience vers une autre destination).

Yves Gamba

5.00

May, 2011

Nous sommes rentrés d’Italie il y a 2 jours et nous tenons à vous féliciter pour l’organisation de notre séjour. Les randonnées étaient judicieusement choisies, l’itinéraire décrit avec beaucoup de précision. Nous en avons pris “plein les mirettes et les gambettes” ! L’hôtel était tout à fait convenable, les chambres étaient simples mais refaites à neuf, et puis, on ne va pas dans une telle région pour passer son temps dans la chambre d’hôtel ! Le personnel était très aimable et souriant. Bref, le seul bémol, c’est de ne pas être resté plus longtemps, mais là, vous n’y pouvez rien !

Claudette Roch

5.00

February, 2011

Merci pour ces journées agréables passées dans un décor superbe. Et merci aussi pour la gestion de ces journées, ce qui nous a permis de profiter au maximum de chaque instant.

Lore Thorpe

5.00

May, 2010

Ever since I returned from our great trip in the Calanques I wanted to let you know what a great time I had. I enjoyed the group, good togetherness, the hiking was superb, even the rain added some special interest, and most of all, Fabrice is a very good guide, great with people, knowledgeable in your feel, enthusiastic and fun to be with. I surely hope to return for one of your longer trips in an other year.

F. et C. AUDINET

5.00

May, 2010

Nous sommes très satisfaits de notre séjour en Italie. La situation de l’hôtel à Levanto était idéale ainsi que les prestations. Concernant la sélection des circuits, aucun problème : circuits faciles, intéressants avec des vues panoramiques inoubliables. Merci pour votre organisation efficace et peut-être à bientôt pour une autre destination

Bernard PEGAIN

5.00

May, 2010

Grâce à votre parfaite organisation et à une météo très favorable, nous avons fait un séjour de rêve dans les CINQUE TERRE. L’ hôtel était très accueillant et bien situé. Concernant le programme et l’ ordre des randonnées et visites, votre choix nous est apparu très judicieux avec, en apothéose, la "boucle de Manarola" du jour 4. Les marches quotidiennes correspondaient, tout à fait, à nos souhaits et à nos possibilités et les « vues d’avion » qu’ elles nous ont fait découvrir resteront longtemps dans notre mémoire. Merci également pour votre « mail » relatif à notre retour de Portofino qui nous a permis de profiter complètement de cette 5 ème journée et de ne pas arriver trop tard à Menton. Bonne journée à vous et longue vie à TAOS Evasion !




 

 

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