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Piemonte / PACA
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Entraque / Saint-Martin-Vésubie
Argentera / Vallée de la Vésubie
Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime / Parc National du Mercantour
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R144 Rifugio Ellena-Soria » Refuge de la Madone de Fenestre
  |   3h05   |   7.01 km   |   681 m   |   564 m

From the Ellena-Soria hut the trails heads into the valley and then up again, southwards, to the narrow Fenestre pass. There it enters French territory at the heart of the Mercantour national park. It passes close to the Fenestre lake and heads down to the Madone de Fenestre hut, the stage destination facing the Caïres de la Madone.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Rifugio Ellena-Soria
1796 m
|   3.51 km / 2h05
Colle Finestra
2482 m
| D  3.5 km / 1h00
Refuge de la Madone de Fenestre
1912 m
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Useful guidebooks
  • Alpi Marittime, voll.I-II, L.Montaldo, F.Salesi, E.Montagna ~ Collana Guida Monti d'Italia, CAI-TCI (ISBN )
  • Camminaitalia, Cannobini, Carnovalini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)
  • Tinée-Vésubie - Vallée des Merveilles - Réf. 507 ~ Fédération Française de Randonnée (ISBN 978-2-7514-0200-5)

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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2022-11-05
    In den FFCAM-Hütten im Mercantour-Nationalpark kann in der Hauptsaison nur online reserviert werden (mit Anzahlung). Die Hütten waren Ende August sehr voll, deshalb ist eine frühzeitige Reservation sinnvoll.
  • daniel - 2020-03-12
    A chaotic place and very full during holiday season. The warden offered to radio the rifuge de Nice to announce my coming, but the connection failed.
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-10
    Du Col de Fenestre au refuge de la Madonne de Fenestre, il faut 1h20 et non 1h (570m de dénivelée -)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    From the Col de Fenestre to the refuge of the Madonne de Fenestre, it takes 1h20 and not 1h (570m vertical drop -)
  • Sabine_Bade - 2014-03-30
    Über den Colle di Finestra flüchteten im September 1943 mehrere hundert jüdische Männer, Frauen und Kindern vor den Nazis von Frankreich nach Italien. Der Weg, über den die Etappe R144 verläuft, ist heute als Erinnerungsweg ausgewiesen. Hier dazu mehr:
    Automatic translation [Google]
    About the Colle di Finestra fled in September 1943, several hundred Jewish men, women and children from the Nazis from France to Italy. The path through which runs the stage R144 is today recognized as Memorial Walk. Here read more:
Last update : 2019-12-18