Sentier Blanc-Martel

  • Sentier Blanc-Martel
  • Sentier Blanc-Martel
  • Sentier Blanc-Martel
  • Sentier Blanc-Martel
  • Sentier Blanc-Martel
Verdon Tourisme > Sentier Blanc-Martel
La Palud-sur-Verdon-en

In the heart of the Gorges du Verdon, the Blanc-Martel trail is the best-known hike in the Canyon, and the only one that allows you to walk along the river at the bottom of the Gorges. It takes its name from Alfred-Edouard Martel and Isidore Blanc.

16 km
5h 30min
Very Hard

The Blanc-Martel trail is a one-way trip between Chalet de la Maline in La Palud-sur-Verdon and Point Sublime in Rougon. During the season, shuttles depart from La Palud-sur-Verdon (dep. 8:30-9:30-10:30 depending on the season), dropping you off at Chalet de la Maline in the morning and picking you up at Point Sublime at the end of the afternoon (15:30-16:30-17:30 depending on the season) and taking you back to La Palud-sur-Verdon. Online reservations only: .
A cab service is also available (06 68 18 13 13 and 06 20 32 87 47), also bookable in advance.

A few precautions should be taken before embarking on this 16 km hike in the heart of the Gorges: 2 liters of water minimum per person, good walking shoes, protective gear depending on the weather, and a flashlight. Allow around 5h30 for the walk, without breaks.

From the Chalet de la Maline, follow the GR®4 (white and red markings)d down to the bottom of the gorge (many twists and turns, so stay on the path!). Take the stairs to the pas d’Issane (tricky climb!). Reach the intersection.
1 – At the intersection, at the foot of the switchbacks, turn left towards Point Sublime (sign). Follow the Verdon as far as the Guègue steps (descend with care!). Continue on the path that rises above the Verdon, opposite Baume aux Bœufs, to reach a second intersection.
2 – At the intersection, turn left towards the Point Sublime and continue to the Brèche Imbert (difficult climb!). If you turn right at this intersection, you’ll see the confluence of the Verdon and Artuby rivers (1 km round trip, marked in yellow).
3 – The Imbert gap marks the halfway point. Before starting the descent, you can access the belvedere by carefully climbing the rock on the right (tricky climb with handrail!). Descend the steep, narrow metal staircase to the Brèche Imbert (for those prone to vertigo, this is a tricky passage!), which can be quite impressive (take care when crossing!). Descend a few hairpin bends to the edge of the Verdon, level with the Baume aux Chiens (technical passages!). From this point, keep walking until you reach the first tunnel (110 m), then a second, much longer one (668 m). The exit from the last tunnel joins one of the narrowest sections of the gorge, the Samson couloir. Descend to river level, then cross the torrent du Bau by a small bridge and climb back up to the Samson belvedere (turnaround area for a dead-end road).
4 – Cross the turnaround to the left. Continue along the path above the road, skirting the foot of the cliff (150 m ascent!). You come out onto the main road. From here, turn left towards Point Sublime.

Not recommended for children under 8.

  • Type of land
    • Not suitable for strollers
    • Grit
    • Ground
  • Delicate passages

    Dogs and mountain bikes are not allowed on this trail, and children under 8 are not recommended. To be avoided if you are prone to vertigo, or to be done in the opposite direction. Caution: if you approach the banks, the water level may change rapidly as a result of water releases from upstream dams. Bring hiking boots, a torch, 3 L of water per person, energy food, warm clothing and a hat. Please note: this trail is not a loop, but a one-way trip between La Maline and Point Sublime.Tricky passages: ladders, scree, slippery rocks, tunnels.

  • Markup


  • Difference in level

    500m ( Positive : 500m - Negative : 700m )

  • Altitude

    674m ( Maximum : 906m )

  • References

    Cartographic : Map of 32 hikes around the Gorges du Verdon, from La Palud-sur-Verdon to Castellane, Map of hikes in the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon, Gorges du Verdon AIO map.

    Guidebooks :

  • Environment
    • Waterside
    • Riverside
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Near shuttle stop
    • Close to GR footpath
  • Documents
  • Services & Equipment

    Animaux : Refused

  • Age range

    Minimum age : 8 years

  • Opening

    Open all year

    All year round.

    Subject to snow conditions.

    • * Subject to snow conditions
  • Prices

    Free access.

  • Customer base
    • Level black - very hard

Chalet de la Maline
04120 La Palud-sur-Verdon-en