Provence Alps and Prealps

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Provence Alps and Prealps
Alpes et Préalpes de Provence (fr)

Photo of the Provence Alps and Prealps
The Mont Ventoux, a famous cycling mountain in the Provence Prealps

Part of Western European Alps
Continent Europe
Location Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France
Alpes-Maritimes, France
Highest Point Tête de l'Estrop ()

Map of the Provence Alps and Prealps
Provence Alps and Prealps located in the Western European Alps

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[edit] General information

[edit] Geographic information

The Provence Alps and Prealps (French: Alpes et Préalpes de Provence) are a mountain range in the south-western part of the European Alps, located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France). The western slopes of the range are drained by the Rhone river through the Durance and other tributaries while its south-eastern part is drained by the Var and several smaller rivers that flow directly to the Mediterranean Sea.

The mountains of the Provence Alps and Prealps are all lower than 3,000m.

The Provence Alps and Prealps are subdivided into several subgroups:

Schematic overview of the Provence Alps and Prealps

[edit] General mountaineering information

Alpinism is limited in the Provence Alps and Prealps. Most of the higher mountains (but still below 3,000 m) have paths leading to the summit and require only a good physical condition. However, there are good rock climbing conditions through the area and numerous equipped massif are available.

The Provence Alps are perhaps most known for the Verdon Gorge, a spectacular river gorge similar to the Grand Canyon in the United States. The gorge not only offers rock climbing possibilities, but also canyoning, rafting and other sorts of adventurous water sports.

Furthermore, the Provence Alps are a notorious cycling location with famous mountains, such as the Mont Ventoux, which are the toughest cycling climbs in the world.

[edit] Overviews

[edit] Overview of the summits

Mountain Elevation Prominence Country Location Massif Range

[edit] Overview of the cols and passes

Pass Elevation Country Location Range Massif Pass Members

[edit] Overview of all the routes

Mountain Hei. Route Dif. Dur. (h) Type Rock ° Valley Hut Maps

Hei.:Height, Dif.: Difficulty, Dur.: Duration: Meters from hut to summit
Summit map is always listed first. If a map is used for 2 km and another map for 1 km, the 2 km map will be listed before the 1 km map. Overview of the Swiss maps & Italian maps.

[edit] Overview of the mountain huts

Hut Hut Type Massif Elevation Places Hut Phone Nr Starting Valley/Village(s)
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