Alpi Marittime Hikes

Region in Italy

Hiking in the Alpi Marittime National Park is a stunning way to experience a less visited part of the Alps. Located near the Mediterranean Sea and across the border from Mercantour National Park in France. The hiking in The Alpi Marittime is world class. The proximity to the ocean creates hikes with snow-capped mountains, dewy pastures, and fresh sea air.

As is customary in the Alps, many hikes involve stops at the Rifugios. We think having a hot drink and a perfect pastry is the best hiking reward. So, whether you want to climb mountains, trek through valleys or visit some alpine lakes, The Alpi Marittime is a spectacular hiking destination.

#1. Lagarot di Lourousa (9.8km, 819m, 4-5.5h): As you hike through the larch forest, the trail will switchback an awful lot, although it is an imperceptible slope. It was built at the end of the nineteenth century to allow King Vittorio Emanuele II to ride on horseback while hunting chamois and ibex.

#2. Giro del Valasco (21.6km, 1511m, 10-12h): From the King’s Valasco hunting lodge, the walk rises to the military tracks, built by the Alpine army in the 30s. They served to replenish the “Vallo Alpino” war system, which today is a monument to man’s talent and abilities, as well as to the stupidity of war.

#3. Vallone Argentera (8.1km, 994m, 4-5h): The Argentera is a hike up the highest mountain in the Alpes-Marittime, with stunning views to match. Climbing into the valley of the same name and up to Rifugio Bozano, allows admiration of this majestic mountain. It is severe, harsh, and powerful.

#4. Rifugio Remondino (10.8km, 975m, 4-6h): This is a great day hike with great views. The Remondino Rifugio is also the trailhead for the South Argentera peak (3297m) the last of the Italian Alps’ great peaks.

#5. Gorge della Reina (9.2km, 655m, 3-5h): Behind Entracque, the “village between waters”, winds the trail that leads hikers to Monte Lausa and the Gorge della Reina (the canyon of the queen), a small canyon dug into the limestone.

#6. Il Piano del Praiet (13.8km, 710m, 5-7h): Il Piano del Praiet, at the foot of Mount Gelas, is a popular hike. You can see one of the last glaciers in the Alpi Marittime on this walk and once you reach the Colle di Finestra you can walk down into France on an old salt-smugglers’ trail.

#7. Lago del Vei del Bouc (16.3km, 979m, 5-7.5h): The Vei del Bouc Lake is one of the most beautiful lake hikes in Alpi Marittime Natural Park. There’s something special about going on a hike that ends at a lake. Even if you don’t go for a dip (it’s too cold for that!), it’s a refreshing reward for all your hard work.

#8. Rifugio Pagarì (22.4km, 1638m, 9-11h): The Pagarì Rifugio is the highest Rifugio that you can hike to in the Alpi Marittime. If you are looking for silence and a low impact philosophy a hike and stay here is perfect for you.

#9. Laghi Arbergh (11.1km, 879m, 5-7h): The Arbergh Valley (roughly translating to the high meadows) is a particularly interesting place to hike because you’ll walk past many different landscapes in a few kilometers, dominated by limestone, sandstone, beech forests, lush meadows, and more.

#10. Rifugio Gerelli (10.5km, 1555m, 6-7h): One of the many great Rifugios to hike to in Alpi Marittime. You can enjoy the view of Punta Marguareis, a limestone mountain in the center of the Ligurian Alps. From the Garelli Rifugio, you can get to France, or to the Vermenagna and Ellero valleys.

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01. Lagarot di Lourousa
Difficulty

9.8km 819m 4-5.5h

As you hike through the larch forest, the trail will switchback an awful lot, although it isn’t steep. The path…

02. Giro del Valasco
Difficulty

21.6km 1,511m 10-12h

If the Valle Gesso were to have a flagship hike, it would be the Giro del Valasco. From the King’s…

03. Vallone Argentera
Difficulty

8.1km 994m 4-5h

The mountain views on this hike are spectacular, which is saying something when every walk in this region takes place…

04. Rifugio Remondino
Difficulty

10.8km 975m 4-6h

If you don’t want to climb the whole mountain, this is a great day hike whose views make for a…

05. Gorge della Reina
Difficulty

9.2km 655m 3-5h

Behind Entracque, the "village between waters", winds the trail that leads hikers to Monte Lausa and the Gorge della Reina…

06. Il Piano del Praiet
Difficulty

13.8km 710m 5-7h

Il Piano del Praiet, at the foot of Mount Gelas, has been a well-known hiking destination in the Alpi Marittime…

07. Lago del Vei del Bouc
Difficulty

16.3km 979m 5-7.5h

The Vei del Bouc Lake is one of the most beautiful lake hikes in Alpi Marittime Natural Park. There’s something…

08. Rifugio Pagarì
Difficulty

22.4km 1,638m 9-11h

The Pagarì Rifugio is the highest Rifugio that you can hike to in the Alpi Marittime. If you stay at…

09. Laghi Arbergh
Difficulty

11.1km 879m 5-7h

The Arbergh Valley (roughly translating to the high meadows) is a particularly interesting place to hike because you’ll walk past…

10. Rifugio Garelli
Difficulty

10.5km 1,555m 6-7h

One of the many great Rifugios to hike to, the Garelli Rifugio is the only Rifugio in Valle Pesio. From…