Mont Bégo

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Mont Bégo
France Mercantour Mt Bego.JPG
The peak of Mont Bégo
Highest point
Elevation 2,872 m (9,423 ft) [1]
Prominence 323 m (1,060 ft) [1]
Listing Alpine mountains 2500-2999 m
Coordinates 44°04′23″N 7°27′03″E / 44.07306°N 7.45083°E / 44.07306; 7.45083Coordinates: 44°04′23″N 7°27′03″E / 44.07306°N 7.45083°E / 44.07306; 7.45083
Mont Bégo is located in France
Mont Bégo
Mont Bégo
Location Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Parent range Maritime Alps

Mont Bégo (Italian: Monte Bego) is a mountain in the Mercantour massif of the Maritime Alps, in southern France, with an elevation of 2,872 metres (9,423 ft). It is included in the Vallée des Merveilles ("Valley of Marvels").


The name derives from the ancient Indo-European root beg, meaning "divine"; it was, in fact a sacred area to the Liguri tribe, together with the Monte Beigua and Monte Sagro in Italy.


It is mostly composed of conglomerates from the Permian period.

SOIUSA classification[edit]

According to the SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:[2]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = South Western Alps
  • section = Maritime Alps
  • subsection = (Fr:Alpes Maritimes d.l.s.l./It:Alpi Marittime)
  • supergroup = (Fr:Massif Gelas-Grand Capelet/It:Gelas-Grand Capelet)
  • group = (Fr:Chaîne Basto-Grand Capelet/It:Costiera Basto-Grand Capelet)
  • subgroup = (Fr:Nœud du Mont Bego/It:Nodo del Monte Bego)
  • code = I/A-2.1-A.3.e


  1. ^ a b ''Mont Bégo, France,
  2. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. p. 67. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8. 

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