Planning next summer's peaks



Have you been thinking about climbing one of the higher peaks in Alpes Maritimes next summer? Consider Mont Pépoiri as a starter. You don’t have to be a superman or woman to ascend this peak. In fact, the vertical ascent is only about 650 m as you can drive up to 2030 m to Millefonts. On the other hand, if you really want to do it the hard way, start your hike down in the valley! The road up to Millefonts starts from St-Dalmas-Valdeblore, distance from Nice is 77 km.

The great hike presented in this video clip is well described in French in the Conseil Général Guidebook “Haut Pays” and is called Traversée du Pépoiri. On their web site, you can click "visualiser la carte" to see the trail. From the summit, you can take the same route back or alternatively -as the guide describes- the hors-sentier route back via Lac d’En Veillos. We recommend the latter in good weather and visibility. The initial ascent from Millefonts is along GR 52 passing the lakes Lac Petit (actually the biggest!), Lac Long and Lac Gros. From signpost 84 onwards, the route is marked with cairns. The summit with its mast is soon visible. As the video clip shows, all the major peaks of Mercantour National Park and beyond are visible from this altitude.

Having done this first, one can start planning climbing Cime du Diable and Mont Mounier (seen also from distance in this video clip)!

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