St-Dalmas-le-Selvage to Refuge de Gialorgues

A beautiful walk to a secret valley with a lush green meadow surrounded by rocky mountain peaks.

Technical sheet
No. 4132472
A Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage walk posted on 02/10/20 by in.search.of.mountains. Update : 05/10/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 11h05[?]
Distance Distance : 24.87km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1396m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1396m
Highest point Highest point : 2279m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1586m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Mercantour
Location Location : Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage (06660)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.278851° / E 6.853517°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3540ET, 3639OT
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Description

(D/A) Take the dirt track out of St-Dalmas-le-Selvage which follows the Torrent de Gialorgues south west. The track is quite bumpy and rough so you might prefer to park in the village. Otherwise find a safe place to park along the track. Follow the track which skirts alongside the river. The path heads uphill quite steeply in some sections.

(1) Continue until you reach a parking area. You then take a path on your right which winds up through beautiful woodland and meadows. The path joins a rocky stream and eventually the valley opens up into a wide meadow.

(2) Follow the path through the meadow. There are several large cairns to show you the way. The path rises gently until you reach a plateau where the Refuge de Gialorgues is situated.

(3) Return via the same route.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1586m - St-Dalmas-le-Selvage
1 : km 3.59 - alt. 1964m - Parking area
2 : km 5.15 - alt. 2165m - Meadow
3 : km 6.21 - alt. 2278m - Refuge de Gialorgues
D/A : km 24.87 - alt. 1586m - St-Dalmas-le-Selvage

Useful Information

Sturdy walking boots and hiking poles will be most useful. Take plenty of water - the road up is long and dusty and hot. This walk is within the Mercantour National Park - pay attention to the signs on what you can and cannot do.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3540ET, 3639OT.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Look out for wildlife all along the walk - butterflies and birds abound. Don't forget to look up and see the Fort Carre - an amazing rocky outcrop which looks like a huge rectangular fort.

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