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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence / Alpes-Maritimes
Larche / Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée / Saint-Dalmas-de-Selvage

Parc National du Mercantour
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Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
D53 Larche » Bousiéyas
  |   6h35   |   18.5 km   |   1154 m   |   805 m

From the village of Larche, this stage takes the GR® 5-56 Tour de l’Ubaye along the Ubayette stream. It enters the Mercantour national park via the preserved Lauzanier valley, using Cavale pass, formerly a mule track, to reach the foot of the Tête de l’Enchastraye. It then goes to the former Fourches military camp, before reaching the deserted hamlet of Bousiéyas, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1690 m
| B  5.1 km / 1h20
Pont Rouge
1910 m
| D  7.9 km / 3h00
Pas de la Cavale
2681 m
| D  2.5 km / 1h05
Granges de Salse Morène
2098 m
| D  1.4 km / 0h30
Col des Fourches
2264 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h40
1887 m
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  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    Petite variante très sympa à suivre environ 1h après le Pas de la Cavale. Au lieu de prendre la direction du col des Fourches ou du col de Pouriac, prendre plein sud sur un sentier indiqué par des cairns. Ca suit une vallée magnifique et très encaissée qui mène au hameau du Pra où on peut se restaurer et bivouaquer.
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    Small variant very nice to follow about 1h after the Pas de la Cavale. Instead of taking the direction of the Col des Fourches or the Pouriac pass, take full south on a path indicated by cairns. It follows a beautiful valley and very deep which leads to the hamlet of Pra where you can eat and bivouac.
  • frankie9594 - 2017-10-14
    Monaco- Trieste

    Approximately 1-2 km of snow in early June. Very easy to lose footing. After Lac Du Lauzanier the trail gets very touristy and crowded.

    "Camping Les Marmottes" is a good place to sleep for the night. They have a grocery store on the property to buy some goods. There is not another store in Larche.
  • Tof - 2015-07-15
    Trieste-Monaco le 10/10/2014

    En cette période Larche est un village sans vie apparente. Rien d'ouvert, pas de bus pour Barcelonnette, pas d'humains dans les rues. Si, l'eau coule toujours à la fontaine et permet le ravitaillement !

    A Bousieyas, le gîte semblait ouvert exceptionnellement ou seulement le week-end.

    En montagne, restent les derniers bergers qui finissent leur estive.

    Nuit dans la cabane du Lauzanier, bien entretenue par les bergers. Sommaire et efficace. Un poêle assez fonctionnel. Merci

    Pas de la Cavale maginifique. Les chamois sifflent fort pendant le rut, les bouquetins paisibles au col.

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    Trieste-Monaco on 10.10.2014 In this time Larche is a village with no apparent life. Nothing open, no bus to Barcelonnette, no humans in the streets. If the water is still flowing to the fountain and allows refueling! A Bousiéyas, the house seemed unusually open or only on weekends. In the mountains, remain the last shepherds who end their summer pastures. Night in the hut Lauzanier, well maintained by the shepherds. Summary and effective. A fairly functional stove. No thank you maginifique of the Run. Chamois whistle hard during the rut, in the tranquil goats neck.
  • Maya CG - 2014-07-23
    Von Larche gibt es 3x/Woche eine gratis Navette nach Barcelonnette, Auskunft beim office de tourisme
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    From Larche there is 3x / week a free Navette Barcelonette, information in the office de tourisme
  • Thierry M. - 2013-11-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    Great stage, from Col des Fourches entering another world...amazing panoramic view up to Pas de la Cavale then down to Larche
    Possible to pitch tent @ Col des Fourches or @ Granges de Salse Morène. Hut/Shelter was opened and not yet occupied by sheeperd in mid June 2013.
    Water is running down but must be filtered (mid june 2013)...if the sheeperd in, he know where to get the clean water
    Neves to cross and one tough spot requiring rope just before Pas de la Cavale mid June 2013.

    Lots of snow on the way down to Larche from Pas de la Cavale.Summer trail goes by the right side of the lake towards Larche

    Larche have a gite which is a km or 2 before the small village. The camping site have a grocery store
    Larche camping : 7.5euros for hot shower,water & toilet with no tissues. 1euros for wifi.
    Tourist office and at least one bar/restaurant (offers accomodation too) in Larche

    St Dalmas Le Selvage – Larche : 8h walking, 3h resting, 32km
Last update : 2015-05-11