What to do in SUMMER

Tour dell'Uja: Stage 3 Alpe d’Attia - Bivacco Molino

da Ala di Stura a Balme (9,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

Starting from Alpe d’Attia follow a section of the itinerary on track 236A to cross with a wide arch to the west, the valley of Rio Chianale as far as Alpe Serpeis (1603 m). Continue, alternating sections halfway up the slope and climbs on hairpin bends. Cross several streams and out of the wooded area, continue on pastures. Go beyond Alpe Malatrait di Sopra (1832 m) and close to Alpe Ciavanis (1890 m) you reach track 236 which goes decisively upwards towards Alpe Pian Comune (2058 m) where you will have to turn left and go west on trail 235. After a short distance from the turn, you will meet Alpe Malzè (2102 m). Proceed, keeping halfway up the slope at the next junction on track 235A to reach Lake Vasuero and Alpe Pian del Lago (2236 m). At this point, pay attention to the tracks in the pasture area to take the trail that stays at a higher altitude 233B to cross the valley with numerous small streams to Alpe le Frere. Here you undertake the climb up to cross the watershed after which, in a short time, you reach trail 233 close to the Molino Bivouac where the stage ends in a panoramic and magnificent setting towards the entire Val d’Ala.

Points of interest

In Balme: The Chapel of the Shroud. The house traditionally considered the oldest of the village, prior to the fifteenth century, faces onto the road with a characteristic arch and once housed the ancient chapel of Balme. Inside, it preserves interesting traces of frescoes depicting Christ and several saints, including St. John the Baptist, Saint Peter and Saint Sebastian. When the first parish was built in 1612, the chapel was deconsecrated and used as a cellar and barn. It is believed that the chapel once hosted the Shroud in 1535, on its transfer from Chambéry to Turin. The Eco Museum of the alpine guides. Located in the ancient seat of the Municipality. The introductory part of the Museum tells the story of the settlement of Balme: its foundation by the shepherds of Savoy, medieval immigration from Bergamo and Valsesia, the birth of smuggling as resource when the mines were exhausted, the transformation of the smugglers into alpine guides during the nineteenth century, until the current activities connected with tourism, craftsmanship, breeding, industry (mineral water). The Museum has its core in the lovely collection of vintage photos, reproduced in large size, which tell the excellent figures of local mountaineering and their activities, also through a collection of equipment, keepsakes, posters and documents. To complete the route, the Museum presents several sections dedicated to the environment (flora, fauna, minerals) and to the local French-Provencal culture and includes a historical-naturalistic itinerary on the territory

Support points

Bivacco Molino (2280 m) Località I Fondi, 10070 Balme Open: all year. Sleeps: 24. Managed by: C.A.I. Lanzo Torinese.

Other information

Source: CAI di Lanzo
Itinerary code: TDU
Recommended period: From June to September.
Historical interest: Yes
Disabled facilities: No
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Torino

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Alpe d’Attia
10070 Ala di Stura (TO)
Torino
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Arrival
Bivacco Molino
10070 Balme (TO)
Torino
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Stages
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