Difficulty: Above medium Distance: 19 km Time: 7 hours

I’ve chosen the Sentier Martel (GR4) route for randonnée (randonnée – a trip by foot – hiking). The route length is almost 19 km and it takes about 7 hours to go through it. This route was established in 1928. It is extremely popular among the hikers. 

The route is not circular, so we left our car at the finish parking Point Sublime and took a bus (6 euro per person) to the route start – chalet de La Maline. The bus leaves at 8.45 am, so I recommend you to think of the time you arrive to the place in advance. Bus contacts – Transports Delaye, 04.92.34.22.90.

That was the end of the preparations. Our wonderful journey began.

Gorges du Verdon, Chalet de La Maline

Gorges du Verdon, Chalet de La Maline

There are almost no convenient places for halts along the route, so if you have an opportunity to go down to the river, I recommend you to take it.

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Near the river

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Near the river

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Near the river

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Near the river

This is a medium difficulty route with frequent height changes. Sometimes it is really hard.

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Stairway

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Stairway

There are several tunnels closer to the route finish. It is very unusual to go inside a huge rock. You should have a flashligh with you (the one in the phone is fine).

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Tunnel

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Tunnel

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Tunnel

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Tunnel

Closer to the route finish, the canyon is more narrow and the rocks are higher.

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, The rocks are higher

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, The rocks are higher

This is almost the finish. When you reach the parking, being very tired but happy)), you understand that it is not the one you’ve left you car at. The finish – Point Sublime is 30 min of going up. Quite tough 30 min). Yes, it was an unpleasant moment, but luckily the only one))).

My recommendations:

  • Don’t rush, enjoy the landscapes. A new unique view shows after each turn;
  • Start from chalet de La Maline, the route is much harder if you go in the opposite direction;
  • Take 1.5 l of water per person with you;
  • Warm clothes. Temperature varies a lot, depending on the route part. Take sun-protective cream with you in summer;
  • Hats, convenient sport shoes;
  • It will be definitely hard for small kids.

If you have any questins, please feel free to ask me – I’ll be happy to answer them. I hope this information will be useful and will inspire you come to this place and take this route.

Hurry to live – we have so many things more to see!!!

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Almost finish

Gorges du Verdon, Blanc-Martel route, Almost finish