Beautiful sunrises over the Mercantour

It’s 6 a.m. The sun bedecks the jagged relief spanning the Alpes de Haute Provence and Alpes-Maritimes with its first rays: live the moment to the full by opting for a camping adventure or rural cottage in Mercantour National Park! Climb aboard for an intimate experience, alternating hikes and peaceful nights under starry skies…

A starry night between Tende and Casterino

Wild nature and curious cave paintings…

From June to September, enjoy a week-end adventure in the heart of Parc National du Mercantour with Argos Rando. You’ll meet up at Eglise de Saint Dalmas in Tende at 9 a.m. before heading out to Lac des Mesches and your cottage, 20 minutes away. The fun begins with a 4½-hour hike in wild countryside exploring the « wolf’s larder ». Next, it’s time to head to the « Neige & Merveilles » refuge to share a meal and enjoy a good night’s rest. In the morning, after a 10-minute car ride, you’ll reach Casterino and climb to the astonishing Fontanalbe to relish the view over the glacier lakes and mountain circus. Oh and you’ll see Bronze Age cave paintings there too – the surprises never end!

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Ubaye Valley in the moonlight

The mountains unveil their silhouette at dusk

The passionate Rando Passion guides host tailored walking tours every weekend in July and August starting out from Place de la Mairie in Barcelonnette. Slip into your walking shoes, pack your backpack and step out to conquer Ubaye Valley. Admire the dazzling sunshine of the Southern Alps reflected in the mountain lakes and breathe in the pure air as you cross forests, lush meadows and wild landscapes… As the day eases to a close, it’s time to kick off the camping evening! On the menu: raclette and delicious local produce followed by stargazing with the observation instruments brought along by your guides. After a good night’s sleep, you’ll complete your 2-day hike before heading home with recharged batteries and a head full of fantastic memories.

Stargazing weekend in Vallée de Haute-Tinée!

Counting the constellations in wild scenery s

Haute-Tinée – a paradise of wild mountain scenery, animals and lakes… This fabulous camping experience and genuine breath of fresh air in the company of an Argos Rando guide provides fascinating insights into how the valley has evolved since the first ice ages. The walking weekends are available from July to September and include a 2-day excursion and night camping out at Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée, marvelling at the glimmering Milky Way. At dawn, the first rays of sunlight awake you gently for your last day – we won’t tell you more, just get ready for a surprise courtesy of Argos Rando!

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Snowshoeing at dawn in the Haut-Verdon

A mountain cottage for winter adventurers

From January to April, mountain guide Christiane Ray Anezin hosts a variety of 3-day ecotourist walking tours in the Haut-Verdon, awarded the Esprit Parc National label. The group meets up at 6 p.m. at Les Transhumances – an ancient farmhouse, Gîte Panda establishment and holder of the eco and Esprit Parc National labels set right out in the countryside where you’ll be spending the 3 nights. Your private terrace promises stargazing galore. The next morning, you’ll head to the high peaks of the Haut-Verdon to enjoy the magnificent views. On the second day, you’ll enjoy getting close-up and personal with the local fauna and observing chamois and eagles… The last day brings a 15-km hike to the world-famed Lac d’Allos lake and a visit to the fromagerie du Brec cheesemaker, situated 3 km from the village of Val d’Allos, where you can fill up your hamper with delicious goat cheese made on site at the farm.

Reminder of regulations relative to camping in nature reserves. Camping is authorized subject to the following conditions:

  • Everywhere in National Parks over one hour walk from the nearest road or perimeter
  • You must not be able to stand up in your tent
  • Camping hours 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • One night only at same site.

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