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Saint-Martin-Vésubie / Belvédère
Vallée de la Vésubie
Parc National du Mercantour
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R145 Refuge de la Madone de Fenestre » Refuge de Nice
  |   3h15   |   5.5 km   |   675 m   |   358 m

In a mineral environment in the core zone of the Mercantour national park and below Mount Gélas, the highest point of the massif, Via Alpina leaves the Madone de Fenestre hut taking the GR® 52 via the Mt Colomb pass, heading over very alpine terrain, and then continues to the Fous lake near the Nice hut, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Refuge de la Madone de Fenestre
1912 m
| D  3.4 km / 2h15
Pas du Mont Colomb
2506 m
| D  1 km / 0h40
La Barme
2163 m
| D  1.1 km / 0h20
Refuge de Nice
2230 m
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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2022-11-05
    Spektakulärer Weg. Der Aufstieg zum Pas du Mont Colomb führt durch viel Schutt und Steinblöcke. Unsere Wanderzeit (Pausen nicht mitgerechnet) betrug 4 1/4 Std.
  • daniel - 2020-03-12
    The Baisse du Basto (2700m) is the last 2500m+ col you will pass this trip. Refuge de Nice is a must-go-once for most French. So expect it to be very full. A hotel like place. Supplies are twice weekly carried up in backpacks.
  • Henk - 2019-07-26
    Between Refuge de Valmasque, Refuge de Nice and Refuge La Madone de Fenestre, the Via-Alpina runs parallel with the popular GR52, attracting lots of hikers. Beautiful scenery.
  • Mountain Girl - 2011-11-28
    Pas du Mont Colomb is little more than a two-meter gap in the mountain wall. The first 50 meters off the pass (toward Nice) descend very steeply. I would not want to hike this in poor weather.
  • Neko - 2011-01-23
    Im Winterraum des Refuge de Nice gibt es einen Ofen.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In winter, the Refuge de Nice room, there is a furnace.
  • Sabine_Bade - 2009-06-24
    Nach Auskunft des CAF de Nice-Mercantour wird das Refuge de Nice, das seit 2006 wegen Totalrenovierung geschlossen blieb, am 15. Juli 2009 wieder geöffnet.

    Automatic translation [Google]
    According to the CAF de Nice-Mercantour is the Refuge de Nice, which remained closed since 2006 because of complete renovation, reopened on 15 July 2009.
Last update : 2019-12-18