6 days and 5 nights
From 12
June to October

Only 30 kilometers from the sea and the French Riviera but the contrast is huge ! 6 days visiting this astonishing area, protected as an historical monument since 1989, part of Mercantour National Park. Wildflowers, fauna and 40 000 ancient rock carvings with their myths and legends are waiting for you.




Accompagnied refuge
630 €
Accompagnied comfort 685 €
Inclus 6 hiking days.
Guiding by a professional and breveted mountain, groups of 15 persons maximum
Transfer of luggages between the gite and the Lake of Mesches
Technical gear
Security gear
Professional civil liability Insurances
Picnics from D2 to D5
Half-pension in refuge and gîte
Entries to the Museum of Merveilles
Non inclus Transportation to the meeting point*
Personal drinks and food
Wine in gîte and refuge
Picnics for Day 1 and D6
Personal civil liability Insurances
Cancellation insurances
Everything that is not indicated in ’WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES”
*we can organize your flight and your transfer to the meeting point

Les points forts

  • Varied and stunning landscapes of the mountains
  • Wild fauna and flora
  • 5000 years of history
  • Archaeological visits

Day 01 Welcome in the “Hameau de la Minière”

From the “Lac des Mesches”, the entry door of the vallée des Merveilles, a trail in the forest will bring us to the hameau de la Minière, a renowned mining village that will be our base camp for the entire trip. 2-hour hike introducing the local flowers and the landscapes designed by the ice of the glaciers.
Duration of effective walking:  2 hours
Elevation gain: 75 m.  Elevation loss: 0 m.
Accommodation: Gîte Neige et Merveilles, room with bathroom

Bar, library, movies on the valley of Marvels during evenings


Day 02 The Vale of Hell and its protohistoric shelters

We leave the hameau towards the refuge des Merveilles, by going up in the Vale of la Miniere, among lakes and marmots. In the afternoon we visit the first petroglyphs.

Dinner and night at the refuge des Merveilles at 2130m of altitude.

Duration of effective walking:  5h00
Elevation gain: 650 m mandatory.  Elevation loss: 0 m.
Accommodation: Refuge of Merveilles


Day 03 Visit of the valley of Marvels

A complete visit of the site of the Marvels on the archaeological zone called l’ Arpette. Discovery of the most famous petroglyphs (Chef de tribu, le sorcier, l’homme aux bras en zigzag etc…). During the afternoon, descent to the hameau de la Miniere.

Duration of effective walking: 6h30 (only 1 backpack for 2 persons for the morning)
Elevation gain: 400 m mandatory.  Elevation loss: 650 m.
Accommodation: Gîte Neige et Merveilles, room with bathroom


Day 04 Plan Tendasque, the wild plateau

Off the tracks, we will reach an hidden plateau above the valley, well known from the shepherds. From there, in the larches and orchids lives a rich fauna : chamois,  ibex, marmots, eagles … and maybe some traces of the wolves ?
Duration of effective walking: 4 h   Elevation gain: 550 m.
Accommodation: Gîte Neige et Merveilles, room with bathroom

Day 05 The Sacred Path and the Tree of Life

These two famous sites of petroglyphs are part of another vally, the Fontanalba valley. The landscape changes and the rock carvings typology change as well. We’ll walk back to the gite by using the Shepherds’ trail. A magical day.

Duration of effective walking: 6h
Elevation gain: 500 m mandatory.  Elevation loss: 800 m

Accommodation: Gîte Neige et Merveilles, room with bathroom


Day 06 The village of Tende and the Museum of Marvels

After a short transfer to Tende (30 minutes),  we will visit the very interesting   Museum of Marvels, with its tools, weapons, potries and other remainings of the protohistoric human beings.

Duration of the visit : 2 hours

End of the trip at 12.00AM

Attention : The order of the hikes can be modified by your Guide in order to adapt to the weather forecasts or other parameters.

Gite and Moutain refuge

Gite Neige et Merveilles