Duration: 5 days
Duration: 5 days
The Giro del Viso can be a section of the large Alpine crossings that lead from Valais in Switzerland to the Maritime Alps in Liguria. With wonderful views in the fresh air, you can leave everyday life behind and recharge your batteries. Part of the five-day hike, the Giro Del Viso, goes through Piedmont and part through France. The hike always extends to an altitude of over 2000 meters and even in summer there can still be ice and snow. We therefore recommend the period for the hike from mid-July to mid-September.
The circular tour around Monviso is our favorite hiking experience filled with wonderful memories. You will be a few days away from TV, Internet and phone. This might feel a bit strange at first, but by day 3 you will appreciate the calmness that surrounds you. However, in case of an emergency your hosts at the alpine huts can call for you.
Day 1 – Castello di Pontechianale (1603m) – Rifugio Vallanta (2450m)
Day 2 – Rifugio Vallanta (2450m) – Refuge du Viso (Frankreich) (2460m)
Day 3 – Refuge du Viso (2460m) – Rifugio Pian del Re (2020m)
Day 4 – Rifugio Pian del Re (2020m) – Rifugio Quintino Sella (2640m)
Day 5 – Rifugio Quintino Sella (2640m) – Castello (1603m)
The hike leads through the Vallone di Vallanta to the Vallanta Refuge. The starting point Castello can be reached from Valle Varaita via Sampèyre and Casteldelfino, where you turn right to Castello on Lake Castello. There you park your car and the hike can begin.
The trail starts in the Castello district at the reservoir at an altitude of 1603 m. You walk through the beautiful, wide Vallanta valley and then you walk comfortably uphill to 1900 m to the Passo di San Chiaffredo junction. After crossing the Grangia del Rio brook, you continue on the other side uphill to the source of health (Gias d’Ajaut – Fontana Della Salute) at an altitude of 2036 m. There you have to cross the brook again. After reaching the Pian Para plateau at 2350 meters, the wide path continues gently uphill to Rifugio Vallanta (2450 m) for rest, dinner, and overnight stay.
Walking time: 3.5 hours
Starting height: 1603 m
Final altitude: 2450 m
Altitude difference: about 800 m
From Rifugio Vallanta it goes uphill over the Vallanta Pass (2811 m) and then downhill to Rifugio Mont Viso on the French side. Some sections of the Vallanta Pass are snow-covered all year round but are still easy to walk on. On the right-hand side you can always see the Monviso. The Monte Viso hut is relatively small, both in terms of sleeping and seating in the dining room.
Walking time: 3 hours
Starting height: 2450 m
Final altitude: 2460 m
Altitude difference: about 400 m
The first part of the way goes up to the Colle delle Traversette (2950m). The section is a bit difficult and should only be taken in dry weather. Alternatively, you can take the Buco del Viso alpine tunnel (Galleria delle Traversette) and save the last section on Colle delle Traversette. After descending the Traversette, you come to the Sentiero del Postino. This leads to the Giacoletti hut and is relatively difficult to walk on. We take the path to Pian del Re, which continues downhill and ends on the plateau.
Walking time: 3.5 hours
Starting height: 2460 m
Final altitude: 2020 m
Altitude difference: about 500 m
Via the Gallarino Pass (2727 m) and the subsequent Passo di Santo Chiaffredo (2764 m), we go downhill into the Vallone di Vallanta, past mountain lakes down to Castello, where the car is parked or your transfer is waiting.
Walking time: 6 hours
Starting height: 2640 m
Final height: 1603 m
Altitude difference: 1040 m
We provide a Piedmont authorized Mountain Guide that speaks your language. Our guide will accompany you on this hike. He will give you some insight into the Monviso area and the Okzitan culture. Our guide will be with you for the entire 5-day hike.
Accommodation, breakfast, lunch box, and dinners in the mountain huts are included.
Overnight stays with breakfast and dinner at the begin and the end of the tour
Tour extensions with a regional wine tasting tour
The hiking tour 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 an interpreter.
The above price has been calculated for a group of 8 participants on a 5-days hike. Please let us know the number of participants and special wishes with your request.
Your guide can meet you at Castello or at your hotel in Piedmont. We can organize transport to the meeting point and collect you for onward travel.
Pontechianale is located in the Valle Varaita, on the border with France. The small town with less than 200 inhabitants is surrounded by mountains over 2000 meters high. Occitan culture and language are still cultivated in the Varaita Valley. In 1942, a dam was built in the Castello district above Pontechianale. The Lago Pontechianale reservoir formed from it is very idyllic and is the destination of those seeking relaxation. Castello di Pontechianale has less than 20 inhabitants.
The modern mountain hut Rifugio Vallanta was built in 1988 on the west side of the Monviso. It is open from mid-June to mid-September. The capacity is 25 beds and 75 seats in the dining room.
The shelter has 23 beds in dormitories. You have to bring sleeping bags. There is no electricity in the dormitories. The hot water for the two showers is obtained via solar panels. So it depends on the duration of the sunshine how much hot water is available.
The alpine hut Rifugio Quintino Sella was built in 1904. It is one of the historic alpine huts in Piedmont and was dedicated to the alpinist Quintino Sella. On August 12, 1863, Quintino Sella led the first Italian rope team to the Monviso. In the same year, he promoted the foundation of the Italian Alpine Association. The CAI, Club Alpino Italiano, was officially founded in Turin on October 23, 1863. Quintino Sella was one of the founding members of the CAI.
The Rifugio Alpetto was only built in 1998. Until 1990 the first alpine hut Ricovero dell’Alpetto was used. It was one of the first shelters in the Alps. The Alpine hut Rifugio Alpetto near the glacier lake Alpetto has 30 beds in 5 rooms as well as 8 emergency beds and shower facilities on each floor.