Lauzanier

Mercantour National Park
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Lauzanier

Distance: 12.9km
Elevation: 679m
Time: 4-5h

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The wonderful hike to Lauzanier has a stunning landscape, which is courtesy of the glaciers that carved the Lauzanier valley. Agriculture is popular here as well as raising sheep. You might notice them. There is said to be 7,000 sheep in this area. Your hiking companions on this walk might be four-legged and fluffy.

Getting there

From Jausiers’s Town Hall, go east on Le Chef Lieu/D900 for 22.6km then turn left. There is parking here just above the road: Parking de l'Orrenaye.

About

When to do

June to early October

Backcountry Campsites

In Larche from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on site

Toilets

Yes. In Larche.

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


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Detailed Description

From the car park, you cross the road and take the path that goes down to the river, past the little bridge and continues southwest on a flat trail towards Lacs de Lauzanier.

The path goes down to the grassy valley, crosses the river another time near a shepherd hut and, not long after, arrives at the entrance of the National Park.

Now, continue your trek through the valley. The path goes up by a somewhat steep incline and then that becomes an even steeper incline, with rocky stairs built recently by the Park staff.

When you arrive at a little hut you have under an hour left.

The lake is hidden until the end, behind the glacial threshold (2284m), so when you arrive the view stuns you: behind the lake a collection of peaks mix with the valley as it goes up and invites you to continue.

Cherish this moment a little while longer. Then, when you’re ready, the return is on the same path.

Insider Hints

  • From the lake, you can continue in the valley to arrive at the Lac derriere la Croix (2428m), or to the Pas de la Cavale (2671m).

  • On a little track, without signage, you can reach the top of the Cime des trois Evéques (2868m).

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