Join Olivier, an IFMGA mountain guide, on a 4-day ski touring trip around Mount Viso in the Queyras Valley, one of the best spots in the Alps to enjoy skiing in real wilderness.
Mar, Apr, May
Characteristic of the Southern Alps, at a height of 3841 m, Mount Viso is a complex summit, each of its sides holding its mysteries as many temptations for climbers. It also offers great ski touring that this raid invites you to discover!
I propose here a 4-day program. It can be adapted according to the time you have and your desires.
Day 1: Belvédère du Viso – Granero Refuge
We depart from a place named the Roche Ecroulée, after the Belvédère du Viso road, where the Ristolas Mont Viso National Nature Reserve appears. A first day in which the beautiful Viso appears in the distance and we temporarily turn our backs to better surround it. We will pass through the Sellière Pass for a first and beautiful descent to the Monte Granero refuge.
+ 1047 m – 457 m
Day 2: Granero Refuge – Passo Luisas – Sella Quintino Refuge
From lake to lake, we reach the foot of Monte Granero which we go round to the Passo Luisas (3028 m), a beautiful pass that allows us to dive in the Piano de Re.
Last report to reach the Quintino Sella refuge in a long contemplation at the foot of the beautiful north face of Viso.
+ 1272 m – 968m
Day 3: Sella Quintino Refuge – Vallanta Refuge
Today we will pass through the peaceful Passo Gallarino by which we’ll descend to the Vallone di Vallante, 700 m lower. Then, one last climb will take us to Vallanta refuge at the foot of the impressive west face of Viso.
+ 580 m – 800 m
Day 4: Vallanta Pass – Roche Ecroulée
A final pass where we expect a splendid descent to finally join the Roche Ecroulée which should not have moved! A great loop!
+ 355 m – 1039 m
An incredible ski tour that awaits you! 😉 Contact me and we’ll discuss about it.
- Guiding fee
Equipment provided: AVD + Shovel + Probe.
I have always loved just being outside, taking my time to be there and observe, to grasp the instants of simple and essential happiness.
In 2006, my thirst for large spaces led me for a year to a corner of the world which sings mystery and breathes history: the Kerguelen islands. As a scientist, I discovered there a greatly wild universe. I had the chance to live in the rhythm of an overflowing Nature, observing throughout the day the relentless progress of the life cycle of many animal and vegetal species in the island. A big human adventure that has forged ties of strong friendships. Mocking the passing time and the usual flow of activity. As a visitor I took with me warm and beautiful memories of these desolated islands.
Returning, I finished my engineering studies and I started a PhD. This period was marked in parallel by an intense mountain practice and by some rough travels (India, Madagascar, crossing the Alps by bike...).
I have always loved making my friends discover this mountain universe, and each time it's an immense happiness to share these moments. The mountain often arouses big and beautiful emotions, a mixture of awe and wonder that result sometimes in the birth of true passions. Currently organised between science and the mountain, I hope to continue with you this beautiful sharing through my guide profession.
Feet on the ground and head in the stars... Or the other way around?
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We spent 6 days in full sun touring in the Queyras around Monte Viso. Olivier guided us from hut to hut expertly, efficiently and sympathetically - given our ages and blisters. Route selection kept us challenged but always created opportunities for enjoying fabulous vistas, appreciating the solitude and, of course, excellent descents. Olivier was able to keep us going in a friendly and thoroughly professional manner and it was a real pleasure to ski with him.
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