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Belvédère / Tende

Parc National du Mercantour
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R146 Refuge de Nice » Refuge de Valmasque
  |   3h00   |   7.9 km   |   446 m   |   449 m

This high-altitude stage leaving from the Nice hut is characterised by the proximity of a multitude of lakes. For instance, still on the GR® 52, it crosses the Basto lake, Noir lake (Black Lake) and Vert lake (Green Lake) in the Mercantour national park, overlooked by Mount Bego, guardian of the Merveilles valley, before reaching the Valmasque hut, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Refuge de Nice
2230 m
| D  2.8 km / 1h40
Baisse du Basto
2682 m
| D  1.7 km / 0h35
X GR 52
2401 m
| D  3.4 km / 0h45
Refuge de Valmasque
2238 m
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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2022-11-05
    Kein Mobilfunknetz vom Refuge de la Madone du Fenestre bis zum Refuge de Valmasque (einzig bei der Baisse du Basto sehr schwaches Signal).
  • daniel - 2020-03-12
    Valmasque will be the last 2000m+ hut, and this one is also isolated. Goods brought up by mules. Compact multistory high bunks. For the toilets go out of the house on the back.
  • Berta - 2018-08-25
    Refugio Valmasque ist ein schöner Platz, tolle Lage am See mit herrlicher Terasse, viele Gemsen rundherum. Sehr freundliches und hilfsbereites Personal, gutes Essen. Da wir nicht reserviert hatten und die Hütte sehr voll war, bekamen wir als Notlagen Matratzen im Esszimmer, es war sehr bequem und wir haben super gut geschlafen
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Refugio Valmasque is a beautiful place, great location on the lake with a beautiful terrace, lots of chamois all around. Very friendly and helpful staff, good food. Since we had not reserved and the cabin was very crowded, we were given emergency mattresses in the dining room, it was very comfortable and we slept great
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-10
    Il faut 4h30 et non 3h : la descente depuis la baisse du Basto est pénible parmi les chaos et lorsqu'on arrive au X GR52, le panneau indique 1h30 pour le refuge de Valmasque et non 0h45 !
    Automatic translation [Google]
    It takes 4h30 and not 3h: the descent from the decline of the Basto is painful among the chaos and when you arrive at X GR52, the sign indicates 1:30 for the refuge of Valmasque and not 0h45!
  • 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 total renovation, on 15 July 2009 reopened.
Last update : 2019-12-18