Sentier du lac d'Allos

Lac d’Allos trail

The turquoise-blue jewel of the Mercantour National Park, Lac d’Allos is accessible via an interpretation trail. An ideal family destination, it boasts exceptional flora and fauna.

Une nuit dans un refuge

Technical data

1h30 return

+1h flat to circumnavigate the lake.

from 4-5 years

Difference in altitude: 240m

Mid-June to mid-October

Roads open depending on snow conditions.

Free access

Pay parking depending on season.

Marmottes et marmottons

Groundhogs and marmottons

Cute spies

At the first whistle, the alarm is sounded. They’ve been lying quietly on the rocks in the sun, but run to their burrows as soon as you announce your arrival! Mouflon, chamois, eagles and other wild animals can be seen from afar. So keep an eye out!

Our advice

Marmots are herbivores, so protect them by resisting the temptation to feed them to get a closer look.

Tableau d'explication

Marvel at the beauty of nature

Why are these trees bent? What do groundhogs eat?

The signs along the way will help you answer any questions your little walkers may have. It’s enough to make them forget the two climbs that precede the arrival in the grandiose mountain cirque where the turquoise waters of the lake stretch out.

Did you know?

The serpentine is not a reptile, but the meandering stream that glistens on the grassy plateau of Le Laus.

Lac d'Allos joyau du Mercantour
Pique-nique au lac d'Allos

A peaceful picnic

The alpine lawn is just as comfortable for a family picnic as it is for a siesta in the shade of the larches. For greater peace and quiet, the heights or the other side of the lake are ideal.

If you’re feeling light on your feet, the refuge welcomes you for a meal with a breathtaking view. You can also bring your own picnic. Reservations required.

3 good reasons to get up earlier

Walking in the fresh air!

And enjoy the beautiful morning light that allows the mountains to be reflected in the lake’s waters.

Put the odds in your favor!

Observe the wildlife that lives in these mountains.

Parking made easy!

In the nearest parking lot, where space is limited.

The lake in all its splendour

For a bird’s-eye view of Lac d’Allos and
the lakes
de l’Encombrette, head for the
Col de l’Encombrette
an hour’s walk from the lake. Look up and the Haut-Verdon unfolds its 360° panorama. If the desire to rub shoulders
the peaks
the lake is the ideal starting point for more challenging hikes.

Further information


For people with reduced mobility, a joëlette is available upon reservation:

At the Chalet de Laus
Book the Colmars joëlette

Parking lots

ATTENTION: this is the only accessible parking lot for campervans larger than 2.10 meters. Parking available for 24 hours. See location

Parking de la Cluite: free of charge out of season, pay and regulated access from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the following periods: June 17-18, June 24-25, July 1 to September 3, September 9-10.

You can reserve your parking space online only during the high summer season.

Access to the lake via the GR56 takes 5 hours round-trip from the Cluite parking lot, and 1? hours round-trip from the Laus parking lot. See location

Tour of Lac d’Allos: 1h

Book online:
I reserve my parking space


As in all
French National Parks
pets are prohibited.
This exceptional environment is extremely fragile, so be sure to respect national park regulations.
Please note that small children are not allowed to swim in the lake, which is very cold!


Maps and guides are available in
our tourist offices
Verdon Tourisme.

Stroller access is complicated and requires a baby carrier. If you’re at an altitude of over 2,000 m, remember to protect yourself from the sun, and bring something to cover up with if the weather changes.

Provide plenty of water.

Although this is an easy walk, walking shoes are a must.

Don’t forget your binoculars.

Dry toilets are installed at the Laus parking lot and near the refuge.

For more information, contact the Val d’Allos tourist office.

Want to spend the night?

Why not spend the night in a refuge to contemplate the starry sky as a screen and the towers of the lake that light up at sunrise. You’ll feel like you’ve been away much longer, and your children will feel like little adventurers.

Hiking on Lac d'Allos

with our mountain guides