Description of the Hike in Piedmont to Colle della Gianna
- Duration: 4 Hours without lunch break and detours
- Difficulty level: 1 out of 5
- Distance: 7.1 km
- Minimum altitude: Pian della Regina (Pian Melzé) 1737 m
- Maximum altitude: 2523 m (Colle della Gianna)
- Total climb: 867 m
- Descend: 516 m
Starting Point Pian Della Regina
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.
Colle della Gianna
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.
Towards Pian del Re
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.