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In contrast to the remainder of this wiki, this section is written under the assumption that the hike is made from North to South.

There are several ways to extend a GTA hike either towards the Mediterranean Sea or as part of the Sentiero Italia along the Appenine. The main variants are:

  • Follow the GTA only to the Argentera massiv, then cross into France's Mercantour Park, visit the petroglyphs in Vallée des Merveilles and continue on GR52 towards the French Riviera.
  • Near Punta Marguareis, turn right to follow the side ridge of the Alps that marks the French-Italian border and that descents strictly southbound towards the coast. Disadvantage: no water, no accomodation.
  • Slighly east of the ridge, follow legs 5 to 1 of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri to Ventimiglia
  • Near Ormea or Garessio, cross over to legs 7 or 8 of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri and continue eastbound.
  • From Ormea, using Kompass map 641, find a diagonal trail that brings you in 2 or 3 days to the coast, e.g. at Ceriale.

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