Cime du Gélas (Italian: Monte Gelàs) is a 3,143 m high mountain on the boundary between France (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region) and Italy (province of Cuneo). It is part of the Maritime Alps.
It is the highest peak of the Mercantour National Park, while on the Italian side it is included in the Maritime Alps Natural Park. Geologically, it is part of the Mercantour-Argentera massif, and is mostly formed by granitoid gneiss. The peak is composed of two smaller ones, divided by a gorge; the highest peak is the northern one, which is topped by a cross built here by priests from Cuneo.
The mountain's name derives from the glaciers which occupy its northern slopes, which have however reduced substantially during the late 20th century.
There's a difficult alpine trail (T6) leading to the summit.
The nearest mountain hut is Bivacco Moncalieri located 995m/3 265ft NNE of the summit.
By elevation Cime du Gélas / Monte Gelàs is
# 5 out of 174 in Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime # 1 out of 463 in Parc national du Mercantour (cœur) # 45 out of 1646 in Cuneo # 1 out of 1486 in Maritime Alps # 5 out of 1674 in the Maritime Alps
By prominence Cime du Gélas / Monte Gelàs is
# 2 out of 174 in Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime # 2 out of 463 in Parc national du Mercantour (cœur) # 7 out of 1646 in Cuneo # 19 out of 4320 in Piemont # 2 out of 1486 in Maritime Alps # 33 out of 6312 in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur # 5 out of 1674 in the Maritime Alps
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