Trek around Monte Viso day 4: Refuge Vallanta - L'Echalp

This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 4 days.

This stage involves a pass with neves and crossing Refuge du Viso high berm then Guil valley.

Technical sheet
No. 4098417
A Pontechianale walk posted on 20/01/15 by Tamtraductions. Update : 21/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h30[?]
Distance Distance : 9.33mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1427ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 3868ft
Highest point Highest point : 9278ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 5541ft
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Queyras, Dauphiné
Location Location : Pontechianale
Starting point Starting point : N 44.66582° / E 7.064231°
Arrival Arrival : N 44.759518° / E 6.993697°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3637OT, 3637OTR
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Description

Begin at Refuge Vallanta (1).

Climb leading to Col de Vallanta 2811 m (2). It's a steep climb but with a stunning view of Monte Viso. After crossing several neves, head down through the scree towards Refuge du Viso. The high berm is a beautiful valley with a view of Monte Viso, Col Sellière which you climbed two days ago and you can also make out Col de la Traversette.

At a crossing (3), shortly after having passed the refuge, take a left leading to "petit belvédère du Viso" then the Roche Écroulée.

Next follow the forest trail or the path leading to Echalp hamlet (4) through Guil valley.

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 8009ft
1 : mi 1.05 - alt. 9278ft - Col de Valante
2 : mi 2 - alt. 8241ft - Lac Lestio
3 : mi 3.17 - alt. 8077ft - Refuge du Viso
4 : mi 3.71 - alt. 8018ft
5 : mi 4.73 - alt. 7001ft - Grand Belvédère du Mont Viso
6 : mi 7.13 - alt. 6211ft - Petit Belvedère du Viso
7 : mi 9.07 - alt. 5577ft - Guil (rivière)
A : mi 9.33 - alt. 5564ft - Gîte 7° Est

Useful Information

There are many neves on Col Vallanta. It may be a good idea to bring traction cleats if you're doing the hike early in the season.
Water source at Refuge du Viso.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3637OT, 3637OTR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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