Around the Viso with ascent to the Monte Viso
Trekking between Italy & France
The package offers a fantastic trip in which the harsh and severe landscape of the sheer rocky walls of the southern massif alternate with the shimmering, crystal-clear green-blue waters of the lakes of the Giargiatte Valley, the twisted stone pines of the Alevé Woods and the splendid lakes of the Upper Po Valley, the panoramic "Sentiero del Postino", the historic Monte Viso Tunnel, the vast spaces of Queyras and the spectacular Cima Losetta viewpoint. 5 unforgettable days where satisfaction lies in the effort… breathtaking landscapes and truly unique emotions… Challenging climbs... and the discover of the enchanted village of "Chianale"... The flavours and traditions of a magical valley!
From Castello di Pontechianale to the Quintino Sella mountain hut, via the San Chiaffredo and Gallarino passes
Elevation gain: 1,150 m
Elevation loss: 150 m to the Rifugio Quintino Sella mountain hut
Walking time: 7 hours
Dinner and one night's accommodation in the Quintino Sella hut.
From Quintino Sella to the Giacoletti mountain hut, via Colle del Viso and Lake Chiaretto.
Elevation gain: 500 m
Elevation loss: 400 m.
Walking time: 4 hours
Dinner and one night's accommodation in the Rifugio Giacoletti mountain hut.
From the Rifugio Giacoletti to the Refuge du Viso (France), along the "Sentiero del Postino" trail and the Monte Viso Tunnel (2,882 m)*
Elevation gain: 450 m.
Total elevation loss: 750 m (250 m + 500 m).
Walking time: 4 hours
*The 1st cross-border Alpine Tunnel in the history of the Alps. It connects the municipalities of Crissolo in Italy with Ristolas in France; it is located on the slopes of Mount Granero, under the slope that separates the Po valley from the French valley of Queyras.
The idea for the Monte Viso Tunnel dates back to 1475, when Ludovico II, Marquis of Saluzzo, decided to secure an outlet to the sea to facilitate trade, mainly the salt trade, which at the time was essential for preserving food. The tunnel, over 75 m long and 2 m high, was built between 1475 and 1480, to allow easier passage for mule caravans. The work ensured fast access to Provence, avoided paying taxes to the Duchy of Savoy and the Dauphiné and without having to cross the Col de la Traversette pass, only slightly higher but the cause of many accidents due to its exposed and slippery terrain. A veritable trade route was formed thanks to the Monte Viso Tunnel: the "Via del Sale", or salt road. Over the centuries the tunnel has been closed and reopened many times due to landslides and/or human activities. The entrance was narrowed in 1900, with only one man being able to pass towards France, until restoration work completed in the summer of 2014 returned the first tunnel in the Alps to its original dimensions and to good safety conditions.
Dinner and one night's accommodation in the Refuge du Viso mountain hut (France)
from the Refuge du Viso to Castello di Pontechianale via the Vallanta Pass.
Elevation gain: 350 m
Elevation loss: 1,200 m
Walking time: 6 hours
On returning from the hike, the last stage is an unmissable treat - a traditional "Merenda sinoira" snack made of local products in a typical inn.
Dinner and accommodation at a hotel in Pontechianale.
After breakfast, a walk to discover the "enchanted village" of Chianale.
In Chianale, on the border between Piemonte and France, you can breathe in all the magical scent of the Alps. A hamlet of the municipality of Pontechianale, whose lake surrounded by woods and pine forests is at the end of the upper Varaita Valley. Going up you reach the beautiful stone village of Chianale, located at 1,800 metres above sea level and divided into two parts by the Varaita torrent. Chianale is one of 11 villages in Piemonte on the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Typical lunch in an inn (drinks not included).
End of the tour.
From € 359.00 per person
The price includes:
3 dinners and accommodation in mountain huts (drinks not included) - dormitory style.
1 dinner and hotel accommodation (drinks not included) - double room basis.
1 traditional "Merenda Sinoira" snack with typical local products.
1 typical lunch in an inn on the last day (drinks not included).
The price does not include:
Packed lunches and drinks with meals. All services not specified in "The price includes" section
Services of a nature guide
On request (with supplement)
Characteristics of the offer:
Difficulty: for hikers (E); medium-high level
Elevation gain: indicated in the details of the individual stages
Warm and waterproof clothing, appropriate footwear, drinking water supply and torch; trekking poles recommended. Helmets can be worn if desired, but are not essential after the recent restoration works.
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