This walk is part of the trek The Queyras circuit - Val Pellice.
3rd and last stage of this Franco-Italian circuit. It meets with a variation of the Queyras circuit above the Jervis Refuge to reach Valpréveyre by the Col d’Urine.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start at the Crosenna Alpe shelter (D). Head south-west passing by the path on the right goes directly to the Col de Malaure that was taken 2 days before. Cross the Crosenna then undertake a steady rise into the woods, then walk alongside it before descending slightly to cross one of the GR58 route variants.
(1) Turn right onto the GR route with Red and White markings and start an easy climb via the Comba dell Urina ending at the Col d’Urine.
(2) Cross the well-marked border at marker No. 45, and continue on a beautiful alpine downhill path keeping to the GR58 to reach the Bergerie sous Roche crossroads.
(3) Leave the GR that goes on the left and turn right on the right path that in the distance runs along the right bank of the Ruisseau d’Urine as far as the bridge.
(4) Cross this and continue on the downward path, come back to the first bridge of the day, the chapel and the car park.
D : mi 0 - alt. 5374ft - Alpe Crosenna
1 : mi 2.03 - alt. 6818ft - Crossroads of the GR58
2 : mi 3.33 - alt. 8330ft - Col d'Urine
3 : mi 4.2 - alt. 7487ft - Bergerie sous Roche
4 : mi 5.47 - alt. 6312ft - Bridge over Ruisseau d’Urine
A : mi 5.88 - alt. 6115ft
Standard itinerant backpacker equipment.
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If you keep your wits about you, and you happen to be passing through at the right time, you might spot the striking black Lanza’s alpine salamander. It can be seen in the woods above the Crosenna alps.
2nd stage is entirely in Italy allowing you to walk alongside the many military buildings that protect the nearby border. The long descent before the shelter lets you enjoy the Italian pastures that appear much greener than the French. This is due to the more abundant moisture from this side of the border.
The second stage of our trek around Monte Viso starts with a hike through green foliage at the bottom of the valley. Then a passage through beautiful alpine pastures near a delightful little lake. Stunning view point at Col Sellière.
Three days walking through the passes and cabins in this region and opportunities to explore this lovely area. Enjoy an Italian tradition: agroturismo by residing overnight in one of the farms alongside calves, cows, pigs, chickens etc.
First stage of Circuit Franco-Italian border "Queyras in Val Pellice" punctuated by passages through three interesting passes: Malaure, Bouchet and Vampréveyre.
A 4 day trek on a high mountain route. The trek around Monte Viso (one of the highest summits in the Italian alps) is a sight for sore eyes. Crossing through some of the most authentic and wild high valleys of the Alps is delightful. This trek is almost identical to another trek by another hikiideas hiker which is done over 5 days. A big thank you to him and his description which inspired me.
First stage starting at Queyras National Park (Parc National du Queyras) passing through Col Lacroix, then a beautiful Italian valley and ending up at a shelter near a lake where the real trek around Monte Viso will start the next day.
Trek around Monte Viso in 5 stages.
A beautiful high mountain hike.
Hike over a 5 day period.
An exquisite high mountain trek.
This first stage is a warm-up for the rest. It's a medium mountain trek starting through larch trees before reaching alpine pastures surrounding the pass. A beautiful view over Pellice valley during the hike down.
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