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| 5h25 | 16.4 km | 625 m | 1339 m
On leaving Bousiéyas , Via Alpina leaves the core zone of the Mercantour national park and takes the GR® 5 to the Colombière pass, the highest point in this stage. It then heads down again to the old forester village of St-Dalmas-le-Selvage before climbing up to the Anelle pass to reach the stage destination of St-Etienne-de-Tinée.
Leave the hamlet to the west on the D 64. The stage follows the red and white markings of the GR® 5. Pass a hairpin bend and take a little dirt road to the right that crosses the Tinée valley and climbs on the hillside towards the south east. Cross a little ravine to continue as far as the ford of the Rio stream. Cross it and continue for about one hundred metres. Leave the road to cut across its sharp bends and rejoin it again at the “Le Lauzarouotte” site (shepherd’s hut). Leave this road shortly afterwards at the and climb to the Colombière pass (2,237m). Junction with the GR® 56 Tour de l’Ubaye. Descend to the valley line on the right bank (series of hairpin bends) and then walk along the left bank. The route passes close to the Coïmian hut (in ruins) and below the Rochepin barns. Still on a descent, cross the little monoclinal valley and head along the right bank to reach the village of St-Dalmas-le-Selvage. This listed village is very picturesque. (The church’s Roman bell-tower is worth seeing). Pass the church on the right and, left of the car park, take the track to the south that crosses the Gialorgues stream and head back uphill to the south-east and the Anelle pass (1,739m). Keep following the track (east then south-east) and just before the outskirts of the forest take the path on the right that descends and joins the track below marker 71. Follow the track to the right as far as the sixth bend, then take the path again and cross the track to reach the Demandols road (D39). Take this road to cross the Ardon (1,161m) and head in the direction of the hospital to enter Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée. (1,144m). (See the 15th century church with its Roman bell-tower and its frescos).
This stage departs from the little abandoned hamlet of Bousiéyas and leaves the central zone of the Mercantour National Park to reach the Tinée valley and its picturesque villages. The hamlet of Bousiéyas belongs to the St Dalmas-le-Selvage community and until 1960 appeared to be the highest permanent settlement in the Nice hinterland (less than 100km from the sea). The trail starts the climb to the Colombière pass at the foot of the Vinaigre peak, a remarkable lookout point over the Tinée valley.
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Last update : 2013-02-06