1 week in the Gorges du Verdon= 2 campsites to discover the richness of this incredible site
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Longer Hike GR4 down the Martel Path deep in Verdon Gorge
Walking and hiking Level for Martel Path in the Gorge.
Are all tourists fit to undertake the long hike of Martel Path down the Verdon Gorge?
Definitely not. The Martel Path covers the GR4 (French acronym for Long Hiking Path) throughout the Verdon Gorge and it is quite well-known worldwide. You shall cover the 14 kms and 6-7 hours of abrupt staircases, dark tunnels and steep slopes on rocky ground. Not only your foot ought to be stable and sure of itself, but also your physical endurance ought to be good to stand the course of the full day under the sun. Any person with poor health or carrying a dog along should definitely stay out of the Martel Path.
How do I organize my round trip from Camping International at Castellane?
The classical way is to reach the end point (from hiking) at Point Sublime in your private car. From there, catch either a scheduled taxi or the shuttle bus operating only during July and August and on week-ends and holidays of low season to reach the other endpoint of Chalet de la Maline. From there hike your way back to your car at Point Sublime. The shuttle back of high season can also be caught from its starting point at Castellane main square at 7.45 a.m.
What do I need to bring along?
Given the length 6-7 hours, plenty of water, pick nick, cap or hat for the sun, flashlight for the tunnels and good walking shoes.
Where can I find a map of the hike?
The supermarket and the Campsite reception offering you a map of the trail White -Martel , as well as four other walks at the bottom of the Gorges du Verdon.
Where can I have a picnic ?
If you want space , freshness for your drinks (thanks to the torrent in the area) , accessibility and visibility , nothing better for lunch the beach Mescla break.
( respect for the place and nature, do not give up no waste behind you).
Can we swim in the Verdon ?
Swimming in the Verdon is not recommended . There are regular releases of water from dams and Castillon Chaudanne upstream . The water can rise very quickly and trap the reckless hiker . Throughout the hike , signs remind warning.
For flow and potential water releases to come, you can join the EDF answering the Castillon dam : 04.92.83.62.68
What are the risks for my car if I let the Point Sublime ?
As in all areas of very tourist park , it is advised to park in the parking lot and avoid isolated parking due to potential robbers cars. Do not leave valuables tempt thieves .
Can I pick plants for hiking?
To preserve protected and / or unfortunately, endangered species, is prohibited practice , as for all the hiking trails .
You will have the opportunity to meet a rich flora ( lilies, carnations, rosehips , mushrooms, strawberries, raspberries etc. . ) , A good reason to let it develop in peace.