Tende

Cime de la Nauque trail

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Tende
  • Route on the edge of the Mercantour National Park. Regular and steep climb to the summit, which offers a panorama of the Roya Valley on one side and Mont Bégo and the Mercantour on the other.

  • - From Lac des Mesches, go up from beacon 82, direction "Vallée des Merveilles", to beacon 86, next to the Neige et Merveilles accommodation center. After the hairpin bend, at marker 87, we begin to climb into the Taupé valley.
    - We pass beacon 241, the ascent continues. At the tag 242, at the Pas de la Nauque (2130m), turn left for the last steep path before the summit at 2207m.
    - We go down the same way, and at Neige et Merveilles, we can stop for a drink.

    Variant for experienced...
    - From Lac des Mesches, go up from beacon 82, direction "Vallée des Merveilles", to beacon 86, next to the Neige et Merveilles accommodation center. After the hairpin bend, at marker 87, we begin to climb into the Taupé valley.
    - We pass beacon 241, the ascent continues. At the tag 242, at the Pas de la Nauque (2130m), turn left for the last steep path before the summit at 2207m.
    - We go down the same way, and at Neige et Merveilles, we can stop for a drink.

    Variant for experienced hikers, IGN 3841 OT map essential:
    Possibility of a long loop (approx. 8 h) with very varied landscapes and little frequented partly off-trail (still outside the National Park) by descending the ridges from the summit of the Nauque towards the east, towards the ridge of Scaffa, to reach beacon 223, then beacon 224 at the Pas de la Tranchée, bal. 222, then 238, the magnificent eagle-nest barns of Gauron (which require a small hook to enjoy the plunging view of St-Dalmas and La Brigue), cross the hamlet of Gauron barns, and return via a beautiful path in the forest to the Lac des Mesces car park (bal. 237, 236, 235).

    Tourism info: The premises of Neige et Merveilles were once a barracks but also a hamlet called La Minière inhabited by miners who extracted silver lead from the mines nearby. Some galleries are being developed for future sightseeing tours.
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    All year round.

    Subject to snow conditions.
  • Spoken languages
    • French
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