Alto Verdon

Lake Allos

Departure from the Laus car park – City of Allos

Place of departure:
Allos, at 85 km from Digne.

Type of handicap:
ear mental eye joelette

Characteristics of the route (A/R):
Distance: 7 km
Vertical drop: 230 m
Walking time: 3 h

The Allos Lake is the largest natural lake at high altitude in Europe. Located at 2225 meters above sea level, in an impressive glacial circle carved by glaciers in the Quaternary era, it reaches a depth of 48 meters and covers an area of 54 hectares. Fueled mainly by melting snow, to the north it is dominated by Mount Pelat (3050 meters) and south by five sandstone towers (Flat Tower, Black Tower, the Socket, the Great Tower and the Little Tower). It is bordered by alpine meadows and larch forests: these conifers have been planted during reforestation campaigns, starting in the late nineteenth century. An interpretive path allows, going to the lake, to discover this unique and fragile site.

Itinerary description

1 From the car park in Laus, begin the walk with the three sets of stairs cut into sandstone. With the joëlette, take the paved road that reaches the forest house. After this, follow the trail (GR® white-red indication) which leads into the forest of the larch trees.

2 Leave the GR® at the left and proceed to the right on the path of interpretation (GRP® yellow-red indication). You can admire the landscape that opens out onto the resurgence of the lark, the Chadoulin source.

3 Leave the GRP® to your right, and head for the lake until the Notre-Dame-des- Monts Chapel.

4 Arrive at the hut and begin circling the lake from the left.

5 Take advantage of the magnificent landscape and observe the marmots and chamois grazing on the surrounding grassy slopes.

6 Return to the hut, return back on the same path.


Equipped Facilities::
- Fitted bathrooms behind the Allos Town Hall and in the Laus car park
- Reserved parking close to the Allos Tourism Office and in the Laus car park
Equipped Accommodation:
Residenza del Turismo in the Foux d’Allos Contact the Tourism Office of the Valleys of Allos Tel. 00 33 (0)4 92 83 02 81
Hôtel la Source ad Foux d’Allos Tel. 00 33 (0)4 92 83 84 11
Residenza ad Allos Tel. 00 33 (0)6 85 09 51 38

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