Jul, Aug, Sep
We start our hike from Pralognan, progressing in alpine fir and pine trees forest. Then we get to alpine chalets and meadows where we will enjoy great views of the big Vanoise glaciers and mountain range.
Elevation: 600 meters ascent. Duration: 4 to 5 or 6 hours (depending on your level).
Today we will enjoy definitely one the most famous hikes in French Alps ! This is a famous area in the Alps, as we will visit many big lakes and reach and historical high pass that was already used in ancient times, at more than 2500 meters high (8000 feet). From the pass, we can admire the highest peak, culminating at 3855 meters (almost 14000 feet). We will need to take a cable car if we want to make the ascent easier and shorter. Or we can start from Pralognan (sportier option).
Elevation: +/ – 630 meters ascent (or -1100m).
Duration: 5 to 6 hours hike.
The trail is reaching a high altitude lake in a very mineral atmosphere. And we get the the large white lake. Views to the peaks and glaciers are always very impressive. On our way we will probably meet many cows and a nice old alpine chalet, where the shephards have been producing cheese for centuries. We can taste it and buy it as well.
Elevation: +750 meters ascent. Duration: 5 hours hike.
We can propose you a convenient and comfortable hotel where you can stay for the 3 days.
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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