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Southern side of the Cime du Gélas
|Elevation||3,143 m (10,312 ft)|
|Prominence||669 m (2,195 ft)|
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
|Parent range||Maritime Alps|
|Easiest route||snow/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).
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.
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.
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