Description of the Hike in Piedmont to Alpetto
- Duration: 3,5 Hours without lunch break and detours
- Difficulty level: 2 out of 5
- Distance: 9 km
- Minimum altitude: Oncino 1219 m
- Maximum altitude: Rifugio Alpetto 2261 m
- Total climb: 1163 m
- Total descend: 125 m
Starting Point is Oncino, Cuneo Province
The starting point of the hike is Oncino. The small town of Oncino in the province of Cuneo can be reached by car on the Paesana road off SP26. There is a parking lot in front of the church in the center. That is where our hike begins. You always follow the signs for Rifugio Alpetto. To the left is a path to the Colle del Cervetto. We follow the road and leave Borgata Comba on the right. The road continues to the Meire Dacant settlement. At the end of the narrow road, you come to the mountain pasture on the plateau. Lush meadows provide the cows with strong food. The particularly tasty beef of Piedmont comes from these pastures. The beautiful hiking trail initially leads leisurely along the Rio dell’Alpetto, which you cross over a wooden bridge. You pass the characteristic wall of the Rocca Bianca and see straight ahead as the constant companion at the top of the Monviso. After crossing the valley, the path becomes steep and continues along the Rio dell’Alpetto, which flows here in torrents and cascades into the valley. The last part of the Rifugio Alpetto is wider and gentler again. A few meters further is the Alpine lake Lago d’Alpetto.
Lago Alpetto and Rifugio Alpetto
The alpine hut Rifugio Alpetto di Oncino is located at an altitude of 2268m at the foot of the Monviso near the Lago Alpetto. There are several options for the way back. Either you take the same path as on the way there. Alternatively, it is possible to extend the tour via the Quintino Sella hut and descend to Crissolo or the Pian del Re. A direct path leads to the Rifugio Quintino Sella. The tour of the Giro del Viso runs along the Rifugio Alpetto and you can continue west to the Rifugio Vallanta.