Cime du Gélas

Mountain of the Maritime Alps at the border Italy / France

Cime du Gélas (Italian: Monte Gelàs) is a 3,143 m (10,312 ft) high mountain on the boundary between France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region) and Italy (Province of Cuneo).

Cime du Gélas
Monte Gelàs
Cime du Gélas, in winter, from Vallon de la Madone de Fenestre
Southern side of the Cime du Gélas
Highest point
Elevation3,143 m (10,312 ft)[1]
Prominence669 m (2,195 ft)[1]
Isolation8.51 km (5.29 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates44°07′30″N 7°23′20″E / 44.12500°N 7.38889°E / 44.12500; 7.38889
Cime du Gélas
Location in the Alps
LocationPiedmont, Italy
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Parent rangeMaritime Alps
First ascent1864
Easiest routesnow/rock climb

It is the highest peak of the Mercantour National Park (French: Parc national du Mercantour) and of the Alpes-Maritimes department, while on the Italian side it is part of the Maritime Alps Natural Park (Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime).

Cime du Gelàs

The name of the mountain comes from the Occitan verb gelà that means "to freeze" because the glaciers that are in the northern side; the glaciers have reduced their sizes during the late 20th century but they are still there.



Cime du Gelàs is part of the Maritime Alps, southeast France. Geologically, it is part of the Mercantour-Argentera massif, and is mostly formed by gneiss.

The peak is composed of two smaller ones, divided by a gorge called Sella del Gelàs. The highest peak is the northern one; it is the easier to climb and has, on the top, a small wood sculpture of the Madonna and a cross on the top that was built here by order of priests from Cuneo.



The first recorded ascension of the peak was made on 1864 by Paolo di Saint-Robert.[2] in 1894, Victor de Cessole was the first to climb the mountain in winter.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cime du Gélas, France". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. "Cime du Glas". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 10 November 2016.

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