Description of the Hike in Piedmont on Via del Sale, the Salt Road
- Duration: 3 Hours without lunch break and detours
- Difficulty level: 2 out of 5
- Distance: 5 km
- Minimum altitude: Pian del Re 2020 m
- Maximum altitude: Colle delle Traversette 2938m
- Total climb: 1031 m
- Total descend: 183 m
Starting Point Pian del Re
The starting point of the hike is the source of the Po river at Pian del Re. In summer the path to the Buco del Viso is easy to walk. The section between Buco del Viso and Colle delle Traversette requires sure-footedness and should only be walked on when the weather is nice and there is no snow. From Pian del Re, follow the GTA V16 signs along the Colle delle Traversette / Buco del Viso path. After passing a small stream, you come through a wide valley with grassy slopes littered with rubble.
Via del Sale
The Salt Road goes uphill continuously and there are various branches that we ignore (Lago Superiore, Rifugio Giacoletti, Colle Armoine, Sentiero del Postino). The well-signposted hiking trail to the Pian Mait plateau winds over serpentines. The path continues in a large curve up a steep slope. Passing barbed wire, we meet the ruins of barracks that served to defend the border at Colle delle Traversette. The V22 goes off to the right to Passo del Luisas, which we ignore and keep to the left. A little later, the turnoff comes to the Buco del Viso and Colle delle Traversette at an altitude of 2882 m. The entrance to the tunnel is less than 100 meters away.
Buco del Viso and Colle delle Traversette
In good weather, you can take a circular route. We recommend taking the way straight ahead over the Pass Colle delle Traversette and the way back through the Buco del Viso. The tunnel is officially called Galleria delle Traversette. It takes about 50 minutes from Pian Mait (2717m) to Colle delle Traversette (2938m). If you have climbed the steep path, you will ideally be rewarded with a wonderful view. Unfortunately, we were unlucky that day because it was foggy. The path over the pass is steep and requires sure-footedness. It is quite dangerous when wet. In bad weather, only the passage through the tunnel is recommended. A flashlight should be carried to cross the tunnel. Once you have crossed the Galleria delle Traversette, it goes downhill over rocks to the junction at the barracks ruin. The way back can be done in the same way back to Pian del Re or continue at the Sentiero del Postino junction towards Rifugio Giacoletti.