Haut Roya

Castérino Lake

Departure from the Parco chalet in Castérino – City of Tende

Place of departure:
Castérino, at 90 km from Nice.

Type of handicap:
ear mental eye joelette

Characteristics of the route (A/R):
Distance: 6 km 
Vertical drop: 130 m
Walking time: 2 h

The town of Castérino is situated 1550 meters high, in the city limits of Tende, in the upper Orya Valley. Surrounded by the Sainte Marie (2740 meters), Chajol (2293 meters) and Agnelino (2201) mountains, Castérino is the main access road to the Valley of Wonders. The proposed route, all on a track, will guide you to the small Castérino lake, along the Casterine stream and through pleasant meadows where alpine flora is particularly abundant. In the spring, you will observe many species of orchids, (orchidea sambucina, the manina rosea...). Along the river and the lake, you can see the dipper, a small passerine bird that sports a white chest and never strays far from the water.

Itinerary description

1 From the park chalet to reach and cross the footbridge over the Casterine river, starting from the ski trail. Go up one hundred yards until sign 368.

2 Take the right path in the direction of the Baisse d’Ourne, closed off by a wooden bar that hovers on the right. Walk next to some private properties until reaching sign 366.

3 Continue straight ahead: the path descends slightly on to the watercourse.

4 At the junction of the two paths: -for joëlettes, it is best to take the path to the right down to the Castérino lake – for others, take the left path that goes through the undergrowth of larch and pine and then back down to Lake Castérino.

5 At the lake, take the path that climbs slightly until the initial junction and the go back along the left path, taken at the beginning of the walk.


Free rental of the “joëlette”
Parc National du Mercantour House and the Tende Tourism Office Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 04 73 71 http://www.mercantour.eu www.tendemerveilles.com
Parc National du Mercantour Chalet in Castérino (du 15/06 au 15/09) Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 04 89 79
Regional Tourism Committee of the Côte d’Azur Riviera Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 37 78 78 http://www.tourisme-cotedazur.com
Departmental Committee of Hiking 06 Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 20 74 73 http://www.cdrp06.org

Equipped Facilities:
- Reserved parking close to the Parc National du Mercantour Chalet in Castérino
- Fitted bathrooms at the Parc National du Mercantour Chalet in Castérino
- Reserved parking in the Town Hall Square in Tende
- Fitted bathrooms in the Tourism Office in Tende
Equipped Hotels:
Hôtel Le Chamois d’Or Hameau de Castérino 06430 Tende Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 04 66 66 http://www.hotelchamoisdor.net

Accessible sites:
Le Musée des Merveilles in Tende Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 04 32 50 http://www.museedesmerveilles.com
The permanent exhibition of the Parc National du Mercantour in the Maison du Parc / Tende Tourism Office Tel. 00 33 (0)4 93 04 73 71 http://www.tendemerveilles.com

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