Until mid- June, there is still a lot of snow on the mountains. There are still a lot of ice glaciers above the mountain huts (2200m). To cross the mountain passes, I recommend that you must to be equipped with good shoes, sticks and studs if possible.
Christophe, the Manager
Coordonnées GPS décimales: 44.073839 N - 7.400104 E
Par la route
Cross the village of Belvédère and follow the road until its completion, at the level of the parking lot of the Countet.
Transports en commun
Hiking RandoBus to the parking lot of the Countet summer
From the car park of Countet (1690 m), take the marked trail on the right bank of the Gordolasque till the beacon 413.
Cross the torrent to the right and take the opposite path that rises to the beacon 414.
From there, ignore the trail of lake Autier to the right to climb the left path in the steep climb of the "Mur des Italiens".
On reaching a plateau (2010 m), cross the torrent and continue climbing following the cairns and yellow marks carefully.
Once reached the beacon 416, continue on the right following the red and white markings of the GR, which will bypass the lake of La Fous before reaching the mountain hut of Nice (Refuge de Nice-2232 m).
From the mountain hut of Nice (2232 m), take the GR trail that bypasses the lake of La Fous.
Pass the dam and leave the GR at the beacon 416 to continue to descend, taking care to follow the yellow cairns and marks.
Cross the river and plunge into the steep descent of the "Mur des Italiens". Continue to descend after the beacon 414 to cross the river and go along its right bank till the parking lot of the Countet bridge (Pont du Countet-1690 m).
à traduire (en)
WARNING: Danger of avalanches. Ask the hut manager.
Compass, map or GPS highly recommended.
From the Countet car park (1690 m), cross the bridge and follow North the old road on the left orographic bank of the Gordolasque, till the bottom of the lock of Estrech.
Leave on the right the valley of the lake Autier, but continue upstream of the Gordolasque. Climb the steep and avalanche slope that ends at a tightening called "Mur des Italiens".
Rediscover slightly and cross the valley as best as possible (2010 m). Then climb up a few hundred meters in the avalanche slope of the Eastern slope of the Neiglier.
By a long traverse towards North, join the bottom of the valley, wide and flat. Continue, leaving on the left the drepression of mount Colomb, to pass in front of the old "bivouac de la Barme" and to reach, by a last raidillon, the lake-dam of La Fous.
Bypass the lake climb the last steep slope of the promontory that gives access to the mountain hut of Nice (Refuge de Nice-2232 m).