Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
We start at the small village Castello of Pontechianale, by the artificial lake. A steep trail takes us up to the Vallanta valley. Then it becomes easier and we start seeing the foothills of Monviso. We continue to the Alevè forest, full of Swiss stone pines, until the Giargiatte valley. We go up to the San Chiaffredo pass, then down to the Gallarino pass. We can already see Monviso and the Quintino Sella refuge. We sleep at the Alpetto refuge in a beautiful setting.
We follow the trail and take the deviation for the Tour of Monviso. We go up with beautiful views of the east face of Monviso, passing nice alpine lakes. We reach the Quintino Sella refuge, where we take a break. Then as we continue on the trail we pass by the Viso pass and descend to the beautiful Chiaretto lake. From here we go up to the Giacoletti refuge, passing by the Superiore and Lausetto lakes and the Cosas pass.
We go down the Porco couloir on a trail leading to the entrance of the “Sendero del Postino”. We take a shortcut to reach the passage of the tunnel of Monviso. Here we go down to the French side, to the Refuge du Viso. We will go through the oldest tunnel of the Alps!
We go to the Vallanta pass by a trail that goes first up and then down. This pass ends in Italy. We go down to the Vallanta valley, a scenic setting, and to the Vallanta refuge. Finally, by a wide and easy trail, we return to Castello of Pontechianale.
At the small village Castello of Pontechianale,
Day 1: Alpetto hut
Day 2: Giacoletti hut
Day 3: Refuge du Viso
Equipment: : required hiking clothes, with clothes suitable for the season, waterproof boots (not shoes!), change for 3 (or 4) days, water.
It’s possible have lunch in the refuges or to take a lunch bag.
My name is Emanuele but everyone calls me Lele. I live in the heart of Piedmont, in northwestern Italy, near Turin.
I am a mountain leader and a mountain bike teacher.
My passions are rock climbing, freeskiing and cycling. In other words, simply wilderness and nature.
My favourite playground is the Alps. While in winter I look for fresh snow, during the summer I like hiking, cycling and climbing in the valleys.
I also love exploring the world in search of new adventures.
I'm waiting for you to go on the next adventure together!
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