Mercantour National Park, France, Guided Hiking Lakes Adventure


Join UIMLA certified guide Fabrice on a full day of exciting hiking in the beautiful Mercantour National Park in France, and admire the gorgeous Vesubie valley.


1+ Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




There are 10 national parks throughout France. And on these day trips, I would like to take you hiking through one of them, the Mercantour national park.

The Mercantour national park is located only an hour and a half drive from the French Riviera. The Riviera is home to some amazing places including Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo.

With an area of over 100 square kilometers, there is an abundance of beautiful natural scenery and landscapes to see within the enormous park, including the Vesubie valley, which is where we’ll be hiking through. The Vesubie valley is full of gorgeous lakes, including the Trecolpas lake. This sparkling body of water is absolutely stunning and well worth the visit.

Along with the lakes, you will also get to see several magnificent peaks, meadows, and forests. There is also a lot of wildlife that you may get to spot as well, including chamois!

I also offer the option to visit the Wolf park after the hike as well, which will take an additional one and a half hours.

We will be trekking at a comfortable pace. Hence giving you every opportunity to see as much of the park’s beauty as possible. However, because we will be hiking throughout the day, you should be in good physical condition.

If you would like to see and explore some of the natural beauty of France, you can’t do much better than the Mercantour national park. To join me, all you have to do is send me a request. I look forward to hearing from you.



There are several comfortable accommodation options in Saint Martin Vesubie that I would be happy to recommend to you. The city of Nice, as well as the French Riviera are within driving distance, and also have many comfortable accommodation options as well.

More info

Participants should bring good hiking shoes, warm clothing, sun screen, and sun glasses.

Meeting point

Saint Martin Vesubie, Road M2565


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, per day

Group of 1

EUR 279 Each

Group of 2

EUR 145 Each

Group of 3

EUR 98 Each

Group of 4

EUR 78 Each

Group of 5

EUR 65 Each

Group of 6

EUR 55 Each

Group of 7

EUR 42 Each

Group of 8

EUR 40 Each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

There is the option to have a picnic lunch as well for an additional 10 Euros per person.

Note: on the 11/07/2020 open group date, we will go to Grand Capelet.



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