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1 day wild nature hike in Mercantour National Park

Mercantour National Park
Mercantour National Park
Mercantour National Park
Mercantour National Park
Mercantour National Park

Hike with Richard, a UIMLA-certified mountain leader, on this 1 day excursion through one of France's most popular and scenic national parks!

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1 Day

Jul, Aug, Sep




Let me guide you through one of the most beautiful national parks in France during this 1 day excursion! 

Mercantour National Park, located in the South of France, is popular with visitors who come to see its stark landscapes, rare flowering plants, and abundant wildlife.  The park is also renown for being the site of petroglyphs from the Bronze Age, etched into stone.  The park is spread across the mountains and valleys of the Alpes-Maritimes and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, subranges of the European Alps.

Our hike will take us on a 9 hour loop trail around the park.  We will be able to appreciate the varied landscapes of the park, from the stark grays of mountain and scree, to the bright hues of flowering alpine fields.  We will have abundant opportunities to see the wildlife present in the park, including ibex, mouflon, and chamois.

This trip is open to participants who have reasonable fitness to complete a 9 hour hike. The route includes several sections of scree, and water crossings which will be done by rocks.  There is a section with a steep descent, but nothing too vertical.  The total change in elevation for this hike is 800m.

Additionally, kids may participate with prior consent, so if you have an active kid who loves hiking this could be a wonderful opportunity for you to spend some time together outdoors!

Book now and I promise that I will guide you through a fun day filled with fresh air and beautiful nature!  Let’s get to know one of France’s most scenic national parks together!

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 27 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price is for 1 person joining a larger group. Price for children: 13 euro per child.


Meeting point

We will depart from the tourist office at 7:30 AM

About the guide

Nature is for me a fabulous field of investigation . Colors, scents, sounds are always present and reveal us so many sensations.
My hometown is Nice on the French Riviera and I explore my region from the Mediterranean shores to the highest peaks of the Mercantour National Park. In the summer time on foot, and in the winter with snowshoeing.

I am looking forward to guiding you in my region, sharing the vision of chamois, marmots and ibexes, on the tracks of wolves, and with a golden eagle in the sky.


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Nice, France

What people are saying about Richard Petitjean

Nicola stott


April, 2022

Richard delivered exactly what I was hoping for. The choice of route suited me perfectly; he fitted in with my timelines which was important to me and the cherry on top was that he was a delight to walk with and chat to for 3 hours. If I was here a little longer, I’d do another one and definitely will when I come back. Thank you ☺️



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