Duration: 1 day
Duration: 1 day
The hike in Piedmont leads from Pian della Regina to Colle della Gianna and back to Pian del Re. The hike covers over 7 kilometers. In summer you walk across beautiful meadows and meet marmots and birds. The hike can also be done in winter with snowshoes (racchette). The views are rewarding and after 4 hours you have earned a wonderful lunch or early dinner at the Mountain Inn Piano del Re.
The hike starts at the Pian della Regina. There is a large car park, a place for campers, a restaurant, and a year-round hotel.
From the Pian della Regina, cross the road three times to the Pian del Re. The path always leads north. It is not well marked, but our guide will make sure you follow the tracks that lead uphill in constant hairpin bends without any major difficulties.
The Colle Gianna saddle connects the valley of the Po with the Pellice valley. The trail is part of the Via Alpina, which includes the entire route network of the Alpine belt, section Rifugio Barbara Lowrie to Pian del Re. From Colle Gianna you can continue on the ridge to Lake Bianca and the top of Punta Raboi with the large iron cross. The path is stony at first, later rocky and with a wonderful panorama, you can reach Punta Raboi. From Colle Gianna you have the most beautiful view of the Monviso. When visibility is good, you have views over the Monterosa massif, the Matterhorn and even over the Lombard, Ligurian and Tuscan Apennines.
We turn left and take the hiking trail V12 towards Pian del Re. Over a lush meadow, we follow the wide, comfortable path that goes downhill steadily and slowly descend to the Pian del Re.
We provide a Piedmont authorised Mountain Guide that speaks your language. Our guide will accompany you on this hike. He or she will give you interesting details on the way and draws your attention to the special flora and fauna. This will give you some insight about the Monviso in the Piedmont and the Okzitan culture.
Lunch or dinner at Mountain Inn Pian del Re (reservation required).
The hiking tour in Piedmont is organized only for you and your fellow travelers. They are conducted in the language you choose. We have experienced local guides for Italian, English, French. Other languages on request or with interpreter.
The above price has been calculated for a group of 8 participants on a 4 hour hike. Please let us know the number of participants and special wishes with your request.
Your guide can meet you at Pian della Regina or at another hotel in Piedmont. We can organise a transport to the meeting point and collect you from the end point.
The Pian della Regina at 1740 meters altitude offers bed and breakfast and a rest at the Locanda della Polenta.
The Via Alpina is a cross-border hiking trail over 5000 km, starting in Muggia near Trieste. It leads across the entire Alpine arc from Slovenia via Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, France, Italy to Monaco. Via Spluga and Via Bregaglia in Lombardy and Switzerland are also part of Via Alpina. Passing the Colle Gianna saddle you can hike from the Po valley to the Pellice valley.
Most of the time you only hear their calls and you can only see them on days with few hikers: the marmots. The adult ground squirrels are quite large and thick, but still very nimble and agile. The shy animals can only be observed longer from a greater distance. The Alpine marmots can be found on Alpine meadows and scree slopes, often above the tree line. In summer they eat a layer of bacon made from roots, herbs, and grasses, which ensures their survival in the seven months of hibernation. The marmot families have offspring in spring. When the parents are looking for food, the young meerkats leave the building with curiosity and sniff the world without fear. A good opportunity for a snapshot up close, the otherwise very shy animals.
At Pian del Re you can discover the source of the Po. The source can be found by the inscription on a stone “Qui nasce il Po”.