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Lakes Vens

Hikes & walks in Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée

In the heart of the Mercantour National Park, the Vens Lakes are the jewels of Upper Tinée. The ideal period for botanists and photographers is the end of June-start of July. Plan a stopover at the refuge for a slice of blueberry tart to be savoured on the terrace overlooking the lake.

Description sheet

Departure municipalitySaint-Étienne-de-Tinée
Outing typeHike
Recommended periodfrom june to october
Kilometres17 km
Altitude upon departure1700m
Change in altitude900m


After the village, take the road leading to the Bonette Pass. Stop at the hamlet of Le Pra. Start the walk at marker 32.


Initial climb to the Morgon Plateau with views over the hamlet of Le Pra. Cross the Tortisse Plateau and climb up to the border and the Fer Pass, from where there are views over Italy. Cross to the Tortisse Pass which offers a superb sweeping view over the lakes and the Vens refuge. Descend to the refuge and cross over to the right bank of the lake on the mountain side. At marker 25, turn right and start the descent to Le Pra.

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