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5-day Hiking tour in the Maira Valley: Rocca la Meja, Castello-Provenzale Group

5-day Hiking tour in the Maira Valley Rocca la Meja, Castello-Provenzale Group 1

Spend 5 days exploring the beautiful natural landscapes of Maira Valley, such as Rocca la Meja and Castello-Provenzale Group, on this hiking tour led by GAI certified aspirant guide Giovanni.



5 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes and natural spots of Maira Valley.
  • Enjoy hiking around Rocca la Meja and the Castello-Provenzale Group.
  • Visit traditional refuges and try delicious local meals.


Discover some of the best natural areas in the Maira Valley. Follow me on this 5-day program!

The Maira Valley is a beautiful wilderness area in the Italian region of Piedmont, in the middle of the Alps. This 5-day tour will take us across the valley to some of its most remarkable spots, such as Rocca la Meja and the Castello-Provenzale Group. Rocca la Meja is a 2,000-meter mountain that stands out in the Cottian Alps for its pyramidal shape. Castello-Provenzale is a group of summits above the valley that shows stunning rock towers.

Our itinerary can be organized as follows. However, we can adapt it to the needs of the participants. On day 1, we’ll arrive at the valley in the evening and spend the night at the “Gentil Locanda”, in Ponte Marmora. On day 2, we’ll drive to the Preit pass and start the hike to the Rifugio Gardetta, where we’ll contemplate fantastic views of Rocca la Meja. Then, we’ll continue through the Unerzio Valley until we reach the village of Pratorotondo.

On day 3, we’ll follow a nice path up to the Ciarbonet Pass and continue to the top of Monte Estelletta where we will catch breathtaking sights of the valley. Afterwards, we’ll descend across a beautiful larch forest to Ponte Mormora. On day 4, we’ll take a dazzling panoramic trail to Saretto and continue to Chiappera. Finally, on day 5, we’ll enjoy a fantastic tour around the Castello-Provenzale group and return to Chiappera, from where we’ll drive to the van and end our program.

As for the accommodation, we’ll have the pleasure to spend the nights in typical inns built in an Occitan style and try delicious local meals. Regarding the level, it’s only necessary to have minimum of hiking training for this tour.

Looking for a peaceful and relaxing experience in the middle of the Alps? Then don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! All you have to do is send the request to book your place and we’ll start making all the arrangements.

I also lead a 2-day ascent to Monviso in Piedmont. Check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Not included: guide expenses and accommodation. The transportation included is from Ponte Marmora to Preit Pass by minivan.



Typical inns in Maira Valley.

More info

Don't forget to bring mountain clothes, trekking shoes and trekking poles.

Meeting point

Dronero, Cuneo, Italy.

About the guide

Raised in the Piedmont mountains, in parallel to the degree in physical education, I conclude the path to become an Alpine Guide, an activity that I start full time and 360 degrees around the Alps.
My favorite activities are ski mountaineering, high mountain and rock climbing.


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What people are saying about Giovanni Stecca

Fabio Cirandi


September, 2021

Breithorn occidentale , a perfect day whit the Alpin guide Giovanni. The guide was very professional but at the same time friendly. The experience was perfect đź‘Ť.



September, 2018

Let me start by saying that we had an amazing trip to Gran Paradiso and one that Jasper and I both look back on with a great feeling. We initially set out to go climbing a mountain and aim for two things: 1) climb a 4000+ mountain and 2) gain experience with mountaineering in the first place. We found the Gran Paradiso as it was advertised to be a good mountain for beginners and one that’s not overly touristy. Normally, one would take 2 days for climbing Gran Paradiso but since we had an extra day to spare we thought it’d be nice to make it a 3 day trip and climb another, but smaller, peak after Gran Paradiso. Unfortunately, once we got up to Chabot on the first day (Thursday) we realized we had to change our plans as the weather forecast for Friday wasn’t that promising and our guide, Giovanni, recommended taking it easy on Friday, traverse to Vittorio Emanuele II and summit Gran Paradiso on Saturday. Rule number one is trust your guide, and so we chose his plan. Now, nothing can be as unpredictable as the weather in the mountains as Friday (especially the morning) turned out to be a great day weather wise! Alas! Though good for traversing to the other hut. After a short, 2 hour, hike we got to Vittorio Emanuele to chill out for a bit, after which we tried on our crampons for the first time. No problem at all walking with these on! We spent the rest of the afternoon drinking espresso, eating pasta and drinking a Moretti before heading of to bed. Well rested on Saturday morning, we headed out to summit Gran Paradiso just before 5am. With stars aplenty, the first two hours, though steep and rocky, were amazing and we walked up in a big group of people. Soon however, we split up from the rest as Giovanni had decided that the Via Ferrata would be a better / nicer way to go up than over the glacier. Never having climbed a Via Ferrata before this was a big bonus and we thoroughly enjoyed hanging on some irons watching down on the valley beneath us! I guess it took about on hour before we got off the Via Ferrata and after putting on our crampons we started getting closer to the summit. Finding your rhythm, as if meditating, we soon reached the last part where we dropped our bags and poles as it turned out that we needed all fours to reach the Madonnina! With little room at the top and colds wind making our hands numb we were encouraged to not linger too long on the top. Initially in reverse, Giovanni at the end of the rope, we made our way down rather quickly. In stead of going back to Vittorio Emanuele II we now went back to Chabot which meant we had to cross a large glacier, and cross breathtaking, but somewhat dangerous, crevasses. Fortunately, Giovanni proofed to be a great guide and averted those parts that were considered more dangerous and we never felt unsafe at all. And then you get back to Chabot hut and you realize how good it is to be climbing mountains in Italy, when after 7 hours of non-stop hiking, you are well taken care of by the hut’s chef with overly delicious pasta and the obligatory cup of espresso! So, long short short, a wonderful 3 day hike in Valle d’Aosta, a great guide that learned us a lot and kept us safe, and delicious Italian food to top it off. Next year, Monte Rosa?



July, 2018

Everything was perfect. Giovanni is a fantastic guide who took care of me. Moreover, the weather was fine. Great souvenir ! Thanks a lot !


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