Highlights and tour details
The TOUR DELLA BESSANESE (TB) is a circular route in the high mountains (2200-3200 m. above sea level) that winds through the Southern Graian Alps, on the border between Italy and France, around the Uja di Bessanese (3604 m) and the Croce Rossa (3566 m). The route covers about 32 km, divided into three stages, and takes place almost entirely on trails or on suitably marked trail tracks. Although it does not present any particular mountaineering difficulties, the route is classified as EE (Expert Hikers) because of the harsh high mountain environment in which it takes place, an environment that is even more difficult in non-optimal climatic conditions and when there is snow or fog. Adequate equipment and good physical training are therefore required to tackle it. Departure can be from any of the three refuges of the Tour (Rifugio d´Averole, Rifugio Gastaldi and Rifugio Cibrario). The stopover places are located in the abovementioned refuges which are guarded during the summer period and equipped with winter rooms that are always open. Although it is possible to do the Tour in both directions, it is advisable to do it clockwise. The best period to tackle the route is from the end of June to the beginning of September. From the French side you can reach the Rifugio d’Averole from the Municipality of Bessans/Averole (Haute Maurienne). From the Italian side the Rifugio Gastaldi can be reached from the Municipality of Balme (Loc. Pian della Mussa) and the Rifugio Cibrario from the Municipality of Usseglio, both in the Lanzo Valleys approximately 50 km from Turin.
Points of interest
Pian della Mussa, Anello della Val Servin, Cascata La Gorgia, La Casaforte Ruciàss, Ecomuseum of Mountain Guides, Il Bosco - Museo for everyone, "Arnaldo Tazzetti" Alpine Museum, Mulino dei Vulpòt, Sentiero della Decauville, Sites of regional interest Sagna del Vallone, Site of regional interest Lac Falin, Artificial lake system.
Itinerary code: TDB
Recommended period: From late June to early September.
Historical interest: Yes
Classification: Provincial with high mountain development
Provinces crossed: Torino
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
10070 Balme (TO)
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