Refuge des Merveilles - Refuge Valmasque
ElevationAscent: 1,520' 463 m
Descent: -1,184' -361 m
High: 8,371' 2,551 m
Low: 6,967' 2,123 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)
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“A great run to see the petroglyphs of Vallée des Merveilles.”— Morten Storm
From the Baisse de Valmasque, you'll have beautiful views back along the trail, that you have just climbed, and forward toward the string of lakes that you'll be passing as you continue on. This part of the run follows along the GR52 Trail.
From the Baisse, the trail winds down and the GR52 turns of to your left a little before you reach Lac du Basto. This is the first of a series of three very beautiful lakes (the following two being Le Lac Noir and Le Lac Vert) that you'll pass, before the trail ends at the Refuge Valmasque, where you should book your overnight stay ahead.
Along the route you'll probably spot several chamois and, if you are lucky, also ibex.
See the previous and following stage of the loop around Mont Bego here:
Stage 1: Castérino - Refuge des Merveilles
Stage 3: Refuge Valmasque - Castérino
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