Back hike

57 - Sainte-Marguerite Lakes

Les_lacs_Sainte_Marguerite - Tourist Office HMV

Beyond the borders of the resort of Valfréjus, discover the charm of a preserved mineral area. Join the privileged few who reach the Refuge du Mont-Thabor via the GR5, and treat yourself to a string of high-altitude lakes. A change of scenery guaranteed!


From the very first hairpin bends on the Lavoir trail, you'll gain height. Gradually enter a world that seems reserved for contemplation as soon as you pass La Loza. Let the magic of wide-open spaces work. Open the doors to a diverse environment, with Mont-Thabor as a backdrop. The Nature Reserve, which ranges in altitude from 1750 m to 3178 m, has many discoveries in store for you. The trail takes you through the high-altitude grasslands where marmots thrive. Camouflaged behind piles of rock, they keep a watchful eye on you as you pass, sounding the alarm with their characteristic whistle. As the slope steepens, the explorer's excitement is at its peak. A feeling of infinity fills you. The Refuge du Mont-Thabor awaits you, nestled in its verdant valley. Come on! One more effort, and Lac Rond and Lac Long reveal themselves step by step. Do you recognize the Three Wise Men standing proudly at your back? Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspard are the masters of the place.


  • At the water's edge
  • Lake or body of water within 300 m
  • Mountain view
  • In the mountains
  • Presence of herds and guard dogs


Free access.


  • Distance 12km
  • Type of route Round trip
  • Elevation gain 620m
  • Negative elevation gain 620m
  • Daily duration 04h30
  • Marked itinerary Yes
  • Nature of the land Rock, Pebbles, Earth, Not suitable for strollers
  • Maximum altitude 2520m

Opening period

From 01/07 to 01/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Additional opening

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions

  • Subject to snow conditions

Spoken languages

  • French


Park in the Lavoir parking lot (driveway from Valfréjus).


Pets allowed : Yes

Animals accepted with supplement : No

Pets allowed on leash only.

Topo/step by step

  • To guide you in the field, consult the "step-by-step" directional diagram provided in pdf.


57 - Sainte-Marguerite Lakes
Parking du Lavoir 73500 Valfréjus
  • Distance 12km
  • Daily duration 04h30
  • Elevation gain 620m
  • Negative elevation gain 620m
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