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GR5 Trek Alpes Maritimes
The final stage of the GR5 will see us trekking from Saint Saveur de Tinee down through the Alpes Maritimes and the Mercantour National Park - to the glistening mediterranean. With reasonable length of trekking days this will be a good stretch of the legs - whilst giving us some time in the evenings to unwind and soak in the wonderful atmosphere of the final hurrah of the Alps!
This is the final leg of the GR5 (when heading from Lake Geneva Southwards) - we shall be trekking through the Mercantour National Park, and then through the Alpes Maritimes. Although the final day will see us descending dramatically to sea level - from our high point of 1952m, the early days of our trek remain high in the mountains and traversing some truly dramatic and challenging mountain scenery. We shall be crossing high mountain passes, and walking amongst windswept peaks.
Day 1 - Fly in to Nice Airport for collection and transfer to Saint Saveur Sur Tinee - for overnight stay. Latest requested arrival - 18:00 - but please advise if you are going to be later.
Day 2 - Trek from Vignols (just above Saint Saveur de Tinee) to Rimplas - approx distance = 7 hrs - starting altitude = 1620m - max altitude = 1952m
Day 3 - Trek from Rimplas to Les Granges de La Brasque - approx 6 hrs - starting altitude = 1000m - max altitude = 1982m
Day 4 - Trek from Les Granges de la Brasque to Levens - approx 7 hrs - max altitude - Le Brec D'Utelle - 1600m
Day 5 - Trek from Levens to Nice - approx 7.5 hrs - Max altitude 730m - gradual descent to Nice at altitude 0m (Mediterranean) trek followed by late afternoon to get cleaned up, and then evening celebrations of end of trek!
Day 6 - Relaxed breakfast and journey home from Nice Airport - lifts available in the early morning - please confirm your flight timings.
Each night we shall stay in gite or mountain refuge style accommodation. Typically these will provide bedding - but we shall issue further instructions on whether you require to bring a sleeping bag liner nearer the time.
What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Visas / Redtape
You should be sure to have good personal insurance that will cover you overseas - and will cover the trekking nature of this trip. You should also carry the appropriate documentation to ensure you do not have to pay for hospital care in Europe.
Included In Trip
Leader (possibly 2 if group size demands it). Support Vehicle & Driver. Accommodation (first 4 nights) on B&B basis.Short Wave Radio communications - between group members (one radio approx per 3 trekkers).
Excluded From Trip
Please note Adventure Café are not making reservations for final night's accommodation in Nice - this is up to individuals / group to decide upon appropriate hotel to celebrate the end of the trek!
International Flights are not included. Lunches and
Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
Expect the weather to be pleasant with daily temperatures into the twenties - although we could experience colder temperatures at higher altitudes. You will need to be prepared in case of rain (just in case) - hot and sunny weather - and colder temperatures. The mountains always have a fickle weather pattern and hence we need to make sure we prepare for all eventualities.
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