Hike - 3(!)-Day Tour du Mont Bégo :)

Monster 3-Day Hike in the central Mercantour.
Starts at 1700m +/-1320m & 48km over 3 days.
Nights in Refuges Valmasque & Merveilles...
More at http://www.randoxygene.org/pge/rando_pe/affiche_rando.php?rubrique=1&zone=1&rando=66&current=hp-8&ct=hp
Please confirm asap.

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS IS NOW CLOSED

V, MASHA, JENNIFER, KEVIN are the lucky ones :))


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  • Kevin

    What a great hike! Dramatic landscapes, wildlife, challenging terrain, good company... V, Masha, Jennifer (although they cheat at cards) Turned out to be a 2-day rather than 3-day hike - we tried for hours to find a do-able path to the Refuge des Merveilles but we just weren't equipped for the conditions. Decided to walk away and live to hike another day :) Maybe do this again in July/August...

    June 22

  • ant1606

    Can't join this but I did this hike a few years ago. From Lac des Mesches and ending in Terme di Valdieri (Italy). Beautiful area. You'll see lots of wildlife and amazing petroglyphs. Enjoy the hike!

    June 19

    • Kevin

      Thanks! hopefully there will be no snow covering the engravings...

      June 19

  • Kevin

    Any thoughts on where you all want to be collected on Thursday pm/evening for the drive to Castérino...?

    June 13

    • Kevin

      Sure - Nice central at 18h30 Thursday - it's a date :)

      2 · June 16

    • Masha/Maria T

      Great, see u all on Thursday at 18.30 at Nice station;)

      1 · June 16

  • Irene R.

    Je...!!! I ALWAYS wanted to do this tour!!! 3 days + hut stay over etc. Mercentour ,always wanted to go, never had the chance. BUT..., I have a sister week-end planned from 19- 22.06. and we booked a place in Castellane (rafting etc.) depending on weather. Shame really!Please organise 3 day tours again! I am very interested!!! Have fun and may good weather be with you!Irene

    June 14

    • Kevin

      Maybe July/August Irene

      June 16

  • Kevin

    Ladies - the hotel can prepare pique-nique bags for lunch on Friday 20th so no need to worry about food.
    Chocky snacks & other junk food as you like... :)

    1 · June 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is anyone leaving Nice on Friday morning or is everyone going over Thursday night? :)

    June 11

    • Kevin

      Hello Jennifer - seems like a Thursday night stay in Castérino is a popular option - the 5am Friday start was the deciding factor I think :)

      1 · June 12

  • Masha/Maria T

    Hi all, was wondering if anyone can give me a lift to the start point on Thursday eve, if u going to stay overnight or Friday morning ?

    June 11

    • Kevin

      Going through Nice - sure. Maybe we only need one car...?

      1 · June 11

    • Masha/Maria T

      Just called hotel chamois to check avail sand they indeed have about 8 rooms available and prices are ok Single room 75euro,double 90. ( I haven't booked yet) If anyone else planning to stay overnight on Thursday ? I will go with a flow and whoever drives;) so just let's see what others will comment

      June 11

  • Kevin

    Hello Hikers,
    Still counting on Me, V, Jennifer, Ken & Masha = 5.
    Look out for more posts this week for suggestions on logistics, equipment and supplies.
    5 places left if you want to encourage friends... Will have to cancel the remaining places at the end of the week otherwise...
    Soon,
    Kevin

    June 9

  • Martin

    I would love to do this hike, but I think I'll be taking a load of stuff back to the UK this weekend. Have a great time all.

    May 26

    • Kevin

      Martin - this hike is in 4 weeks - if you're back...

      May 26

  • Kevin

    Hello Hikers.
    5 Confirmations so far:
    Jennifer, Masha, V, Ken, Me...
    Any more...?

    1 · May 24

  • portia g.

    would have loved to come, but owing to going on long weekend to England mid June, I cant get more time off, sadly. Have fun...

    May 18

  • corina

    Sorry..I would have liked to join..but I'm not here that weekend..:( have fun!

    May 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make that weekend:( I'm sure you guys will have a blast!!

    May 15

  • Kenneth B.

    Hi Kevin, Sorry lost the plot, Well done a drink at the end of the 3 days. Yes if there is still room count me in.
    Hope to see you on Sunday but nothing about the walk on my computer. Will get in touch with Marjie

    May 15

  • Kevin

    Booked!
    And the final price changed too - now 100€/person...
    Again - only 10 places - PLEASE CONFIRM - will need 20€ from each person confirming to cover the deposit made for the 2 refuges. Rest (80€) due on the hike.
    This is going to be great :)

    May 15

    • Kevin

      Sunday's fine V - longer 3rd day but still easier than the first 2... :)

      May 15

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kevin, thanks for organizing! I am in! I can pay you the 20 euro deposit on this Sunday. :)

      May 15

  • Masha/Maria T

    Hi Kevin, do u have one space left for me?

    May 15

    • Kevin

      There's at least 1 place left if you want to confirm. Transport shouldn't be a problem...

      May 15

    • Masha/Maria T

      Hi Kevin, I am confirming;) email me details where to transfer 20 eur deposit please

      1 · May 15

  • Kevin­ changed the date and time from Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM to Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    May 15

  • Kevin

    The final Program is then - Friday to Sunday
    20/6 Casterino-Valmasque 18km +530m 6hr-ish
    21/6 Valmasque-Merveilles 18km [masked]m 6hr-ish
    22/7 Merveilles-Casterino 12km [masked]m 6hr-ish
    Total cost is 64€/person for 2 nights of refuge with dinner, breakfast and pique-nique included.
    We can take a maximum of 10 persons so please confirm as soon as possible

    May 15

  • Kevin

    OK - more changes...
    Unfortunately the original dates proposed (Start 20 June) are the only ones now available for the refuges Valmasque & Merveilles. Also, the Refuge Fontanalbe is closed for renovations all summer so we will be obliged to do the walk in 3 rather than 4 days. This should not be a problem as the first two days are the hardest with the last two a bit of a walk in the park...

    May 15

  • Kevin

    So dates have changed - sorry for any inconvenience.
    Will be making the refuge bookings soon.

    May 15

  • Kevin­ changed the date and time from Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM to Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    May 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello there - have the dates been finalized yet? thanks

    May 14

  • Caroline

    Hi

    I may be in France at the end of June (from the UK) and am interested in taking part in the hike. Have you agreed on dates yet? Will there be a guide? Also how are you getting there. Will you be meeting in Nice and traveling together?How many hours hiking per day. Apologies for so many questions.

    I haven't booked flights yet but hope to over the next week.

    Many thanks

    Caroline

    May 10

  • Kevin

    Thinking of moving the dates for this to the following weekend... Current dates clash with the festival of music. Also, weather has a better chance of being good the later we leave it.
    Any thoughts...?
    New dates would be :
    Fri 27/06 early start - night in Refuge Valmasque
    Sat 28/06 - night in Refuge des Merveilles
    Sun 29/06 - night in Refuge de Fontanalbe
    Mon 30/06 - back to start

    May 9

  • Kenneth B.

    Hi Yes sounds OK. If you think a guide would be an advantage to see places we might miss, is a good idea.
    Sorry will miss this weeks walk but hope to catch you on the next one. Brilliant

    April 12

  • Kevin

    Tarifs : 3 nights of refuge including dinner and breakfast approx 120€/person...

    April 11

  • Kenneth B.

    Hi Kevin sounds great. Costings etc. Not good at French, Are we staying at the various villages overnight. please let me know. I would love to come It sounds a great adventure.

    April 11

    • Kevin

      Hiya Ken - there are three single-night stops at the refuges mentioned - haven't got any cost details but they are usually either free or very cheap... Dormitory-type sleeping arrangements - campsite-type washing facilities... Usually best to reserve.

      April 11

    • Kenneth B.

      go for it count me in

      April 11

  • Kevin

    Maybe we can hire a guide to show off the protected prehistoric bits...

    April 10

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