The Great Crossings of the Mercantour

In the summer, we become nomads again and offer you 6 itineraries of 6 days, each time renewed to discover the secrets of the Mercantour National Park and its transalpine twin, the Alpi Maritimi Park.

Great Crossings of the Mercantour 6/6 nights Days- 1200€

17 - 23 July (*a)

14 - 20 August (*b)

 

Those crossings perfectly reflect our vision of horseback riding: exploration! The horse being, in our eyes, the best passer between man and nature, the GTMs are expeditions to discover the magnificent landscapes of the high mountains of the Southern Alps. Horses rarely take the same route every year.  Together we rediscover nomadic instincts, cross space but also time!

These rides take the "via Alpina", a route mapped out between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean, linking the 8 countries of the Alpine arc, from Slovenia to the Principality of Monaco over more than 5,000 km, sometimes the Great Alpine Crossing, which connects Lake Geneva to Menton, and most often cross-country trails! 

From the Roya valley to the Ubaye via the Tinée, the Vésubie, the high valley of the Var, alternating high-mountain mineral landscapes, generous mountain pastures, larch forests and high-altitude villages, this combination of wilderness atmospheres and traditional mountain habitats offers, beyond sportive performance, a week's journey through space - impressive landscapes - and time - heritage and authentic pastoralism.

 

This itineraries are not loops, the departure point is different from the arrival point;  the itinerary can be in both directions. We will organize transfers for you. Itinerary given as an example, the final itinerary will be communicated to you before departure. The hike is not a loop, so we propose either the outward journey or the return journey (6 days for each "Grande Traversée à cheval")

 

(*a) Outward journey : Transfer in the afternoon D0, end of the hike D6 around 6 pm

(*b) Return : Beginning of the ride on D1 at 8:30 am, Transfer on D7 in the morning

D1 / 7h30 riding

D2 / 7h30 Riding

  • Gaits : Crossing of the Tinée by steep paths, possibly galloping in the morning

  • 1/2 board at the Robur de Roure hotel

D3 / 7h riding

  • Gaits : Gentle morning in the larch forest, Longon valley which lends itself to paces, mountain trails then galloping trails to finish the day

  • Lunch: Homemade picnic

  • Night @ Domaine de la Pierre in Beuil

D4 / 7h riding

D6 / 7h riding

D7 / Transfer 

  • Breakfast @ Guislaine

  • Transfer to Nice or St Martin Vie included in the Price