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Refuge du Thabor - wild weekend under the protection of a mythical summit

Refuge du Thabor - wild weekend under the protection of a mythical summit - K.Mandray

Treat yourself to a wild change of scenery in the high mountains, with mineral and majestic landscapes. You are very close to the Italian border and if you dream of doing a 3,000 m and you have never dared? Then Le Thabor is waiting for you!


From the Lavoir, the first climb on a track is a bit steep, but you will quickly forget it when you arrive at the Loza water intake. The path winds through the mountain pasture, from chalet to chalet, in the middle of Tarines chewing on soft grass and wild flowers.

Planted at the foot of Mount Thabor, which serves as a backdrop, the refuge, which will be your base camp for the night, awaits you quietly at the edge of the lakes Sainte-Marguerite and Lac Long.

If some of the tribe dream of climbing to the summit, you will have to get up early tomorrow morning. Be sure to have good calves to launch you to the assault of Thabor.

After the narrow valley pass, the Peyron lake and the Méandes pass, the slope becomes steeper and the atmosphere more lunar. But the fullness of the site envelops you as you walk towards the chapel, like the French and Italian pilgrims who meet there every year.

At the top, the view is fantastic, embracing the highest peaks of the Alps, from Viso to the Meije.

You will come back down to the refuge with your head filled with grandiose images, inhabited by the serenity of these stone giants. The rest of the group is waiting for you to start the descent on the other side of the Charmaix stream... another great trip to share with family or friends.


  • In the mountains


Free access.


  • Distance 23km
  • Type of route Round trip
  • Elevation gain 1498m
  • Negative elevation gain 1498m
  • Daily duration 07h00
  • Roaming time 2 jours
  • Marked itinerary Yes
  • Nature of the land Earth
  • Maximum altitude 3178m

Opening period

From 15/06 to 17/09.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Additional opening

  • Subject to favorable weather conditions

  • Subject to snow conditions

Spoken languages

  • French


Access and parking: after crossing the resort at Valfréjus, head up towards the gîte d'étape Les Tavernes. At the hairpin bend, take the right-hand track leading to the wash-house parking lot.


Pets allowed : Yes

Animals accepted with supplement : No

Topo/step by step

  • Departure point: Parking du Lavoir in Val Fréjus.
    1/ DAY 1: from the "Lavoir" to the "Refuge du Mont Thabor" / Duration: 2h45 / Elevation gain: + 591 m / From the Lavoir, follow the GR 5 for a few switchbacks along the carriage path. At La Losa, next to a small reservoir, the path splits into a crow's-foot. Leave the right-hand route towards Les Sarrasins and continue along the GR 5 to the Col de Vallée Etroite (2434 m). At the Col, turn right to reach the Thabor refuge, where you can spend the night. 2/ DAY 2: from the "Refuge du Mont Thabor" to the "Lavoir" / Time: 1h15 / Elevation gain: - 594 m / From the refuge, the path leads into the Combe Grande Montagne and gradually descends to the Mounioz chalets, before reaching the Plan, then the Lavoir.
    3/ ASCENTION DU MONT THABOR / Round trip time: 6h / Altitude gain: + 907 m and - 907 m / From the refuge, return to the Col de la Vallée Etroite, then leave the GR 5 heading down towards the narrow valley to cross through magnificent high altitude meadows. Cross a few large boulders on a short descent to reach the colorful Lac du Peyron, and follow its north shore. Skirt the rocky bar overlooking the lake, then continue onto the grassy plateau of Les Chances du Peyron at the foot of the rocky Grand Séru needle. The route then leads to the Col des Méandes, from where the final slope to the Thabor begins. Just before reaching the summit, take a short break at the chapel of Mont Thabor (ND des Douleurs), a pilgrimage site where Italian and French pilgrims gather every summer.

Refuge du Thabor - wild weekend under the protection of a mythical summit
Parking du lavoir 73500 Valfréjus
  • Distance 23km
  • Roaming time 2 jours
  • Daily duration 07h00
  • Elevation gain 1498m