A colossus of stone between Italy and France, Mont Viso will always hide a secret from us… On a tour, you will discover its mineral world, its dozens of lakes, its Italian refuges and its unique fauna.
Wide valleys rise regularly to the passes and peaks, permanent lookouts on the imposing Mount Viso (3841 meters, 2nd Italian summit).
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Elective departure from June 11 to September 25, 2023.
Without carrying luggage:
480€/ person, classic accommodation
With luggage transport: days 5 and 7, 35€ / person
6 picnics: 80€ / person
Half board in shared room: 50€ / person
Half board in hotel: 75€ / person.
Supplement departure single person: 50€.
Information and reservation by phone or mail.
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The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
LA MONTA - CIABO DEL PRA
Start of your day from the upper Guil valley to finish in Ciabot del Pra. After a transfer to La Monta you reach the Val Pellice and the Pays du Viso via the Col Lacroix (2,300 m), an ancestral passage of travellers and peddlers. Overnight at the refuge in the heart of a Piedmontese hamlet.
Night and dinner in Jervis refuge at 1700m
4.30 hours walk/ Altitude difference: +600 m; -500 m
CIABO DEL PRA - MANZOL PASS - PIAN DER RE
Crossing to the Granero hut then the Manzol pass (2,650 m) at the foot of the proud Monte Granéro (3,050 m). Leaving the upper Val Pellice and its vast wild pastures, we reach the Armoine pass, the upper Po valley, ancestral passage of the salt road, between Provence and the Po plain.
Night and dinner in a refuge in Pian de Ré (2,000 m) at the foot of the springs of the river Po, to discover Piedmontese gastronomy.
6h00 walk / Altitude difference: + 1200m ; -950m
PIAN DEL RE - ALPETTO
Hiking, between lakes and peaks, to reach the foot of the east face of the giant of the Southern Alps. Possibility to climb the Viso Mozzo (3,020 m), sumptuous and unique viewpoint on the Viso country.
Night and dinner at the Alpetto hut (2,300 m) with an intimate atmosphere.
5.30 hours walk/ Altitude difference: +950 m; -250 m
ALPETTO - BAGNOUR
Altitude hike that allows us, through the Passo Gallarino (2,730 m), to bypass Mount Viso and reach the Valante valley.
Night and dinner at the Bagnour hut, a small, friendly hut nestled in the Bosco del Allévé, the largest Cembro pine forest in Europe.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +600m -800m
BAGNOUR - CHIANALE
Up from the Valante valley to the Losette pass (2,800 m), west of Mont Viso. Possibility to climb to Joanne Point (3000 m), between Queyras and Viso. Descent of the Soustre valley that leads us to Chianale, one of the most beautiful villages of Italian Piedmont.
Night and dinner in gîte in Chianale (1800 m).
CHIANALE - COL BLANCHET - REFUGE DE LA BLANCHE
Return to Queyras, from Chianale to Saint-Véran, via the Blanchet pass (2,900 m) and the high valley of Saint-Véran. From Col Blanchet, on the border ridge, last look at the Viso, before reaching the refuge de la Blanche nestled against the imposing head of the Toilies.
Night and dinner in refuge.
6.3 hour walk / Elevation : +1100m / -400m
REFUGE DE LA BLANCHE - PICE DE CARAMENTRAN - COL VIEUX - L'ECHALP
Return to the departure of the circuit by one of the last lookouts on the Viso: the peak of Caramentran more than 3000 m. This promontory easy to reach makes you tip over the Aigue Agnel and then the famous valley of lakes listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Back to the Echalp.
Average positive altitude difference: 1100m per day
Average walking time: 6 hours
Particular difficulties: hiking on good marked mountain trails, but which can sometimes be quite steep or stony. A few small air passages.
The route in general is well indicated, and the Roadbook provided sufficiently complete to allow you to hike in complete safety. However, it remains essential to know how to read the 1:25,000 map and to be sufficiently autonomous in the mountains to be able to approach the route confidently, whatever the weather.
Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing:
- 1 IGN MAP 1/25 and 2 map sections with the route highlighted.
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek.
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.
4 nights in Italian shelters, possibility to book picnics, one night in a cottage in Chianale in Italy at night 1, overnight in France at night 6.
Night 1: Refuge Jervis: Ciabo Del Pra
Night 2: Pian del Ré Inn
Night 3: Alpetto Hut
Night 4: Refuge Bagnour
Night 5: Holiday rental Pramourel in Chianale
Night 6: Refuge de la Blanche
Breakfasts and dinners are served in accommodation
Picnics are not included.
Day 1 at the Echalp, large parking lot at the bottom of the hamlet.
You can leave your vehicle, this is the parking lot for the hikers who start their tour of the Viso.
End point in l'Echalp on day 7.
Cortina d'Ampezzo Tourist Office: www.cortina-tourism.com
If you wish to extend your stay with a supplementary night(s) before or after your tour it is possible, please contact us.
In case of delay please inform us on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
If you choose the baggage transport option, your baggage is transported by a logistics vehicle on days 5 and 7.
Your baggage will be transported daily between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 10kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!