This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 4 days.
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.
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.
The stage begins at the gite 7 degres east (1), at Echalp hamlet in the Abriès commune.
Head towards Col Lacroix (Lacroix pass) located at the top of the hamlet. Follow GR58B. The route is waymarked yellow at first. You'll slowly head up through the forest. You'll then leave the forest and reach Col Lacroix (2299m).
At the pass (2), head towards Refuge Jervis al Pra. It's a downhill slope along a small trail through the forest. Head down towards the shelter.
(3) Head towards Refuge Granero. Over about 2 km, follow the trail along the valley river (due south). Start the hike up towards Refuge Granero which is quite steep at first all the while taking the time to admire the beautiful landscape. Get to Refuge Granero (4) located above a lake.
D : mi 0 - alt. 5581ft - Start - Gîte 7° Est
1 : mi 2.12 - alt. 7595ft - Col Lacroix - Col Lacroix (2299m)
2 : mi 3.64 - alt. 5745ft - Refuge Jervis Al Pra - Refuge Jervis
A : mi 7.18 - alt. 7723ft - Refuge Granero
Water source available at Refuge Jervis Al Pra.
Refuge de Granero (in Italy): catering with half-board available
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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.
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.
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.
Quite a long high mountain stage today, set in a mineral landscape passing through "les sources du Pô" and near beautiful mountain lakes. Exploring the north-east side of Monte Viso (3841m) will be the highlight.
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.
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