Description of the Hike in Piedmont to the Rifugio Giacoletti
- Duration: 4 Hours without lunch break and detours
- Difficulty level: 3 out of 5
- Distance: 10.3 km
- Minimum altitude: Pian del Re 2020 m
- Maximum altitude: Rifugio Giacoletti 2711 m
- Total climb: 894 m
Starting Point Pian del Re
The starting point of the hike is at the Pian del Re at an altitude of 2020 meters. From the Pian del Re you walk the first segment on the GTA V16 trail. After a few hundred meters, turn left at the crossroads. It goes uphill, past Lago Fiorenza (2113m), and Lago Lausetto to Lago Superiore (2313m), which you graze on the southern tip. Cross the valley at Lago Superiore and take the path on your left, where the path quickly climbs steeply. At 2493 m you come to the intersection with the trail to Punta Roma. You continue straight ahead over stones before the path rises again in serpentines. After about 2 hours you reach the Giacoletti hut at an altitude of 2741 m.
Alpine Hut Rifugio Vitale Giacoletti
There is a lot of activity here on summer weekends. During the week, when it is quieter, you can see ibexes, I kind of mountain goat. Behind the Giacoletti hut, there is a climbing route to Punta Udine (3020m), which can only be mastered with the appropriate equipment. On the other side of the mountain peak is the French Vallée du Guil. The route over the Passo Giacoletti (2990m) is reserved for alpinists with equipment.
Sentiero del Postino, Postman’s Trail
After leaving the Rifugio Vitale Giacoletti alpine hut, follow the path north to Sentiero del Postino.
Between Punta Venezia and Rocce del Losas, the path now descends steeply over scree. The snow remains on the northern slope for a particularly long time and it is quite smooth. Once you have overcome this section of the path, you can continue to descend steeply or choose the junction with a variant via the Sentiero del Postino. Stirrups and a rope initiate this part of the way. The narrow path leads parallel to the slope in a large right curve to the Pian del Re plateau. On the left the branches to Colle delle Traversette (Buco del Viso) and later to Colle Armoine. You can hear and see marmots scurrying past on the way, hiding quickly as soon as people come close. We follow the wide path into the valley to the Pian del Re.