This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days.
High mountain stage.
Progress within a mineral setting.
A hike up to the highest pass of the trek.
Stunning view over the Pô water sources from "Sentier du Postier."
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.
(D) Leaving "Refuge du Viso", take the trail you arrived on the day before over about a kilometre.
(1) Turn right heading towards Col de la Traversette.
The pasture soon gives way to rocks, the trail continues through scree. When you get to a trail crossing, head right under a rocky ledge. A few hundred metre before the pass you'll come across the tunnel entrance. The entrance is blocked by neve until the beginning of July (2).
There's a slight aerial passage after the pass. After a good kilometre hike down, take the Sentier du Postier on the right (3).
Next, head up to Refuge Giacoletti (4).
Then, head off to the left and follow the trail leading to a mineral setting at Refuge Sella Quintino, end of today's stage.
D : mi 0 - alt. 8051ft - Refuge du Viso
1 : mi 0.63 - alt. 8091ft
2 : mi 2 - alt. 9633ft - Col de la Traversette "Pas dans le vide"
3 : mi 2.9 - alt. 8550ft
4 : mi 3.83 - alt. 8993ft
A : mi 8.49 - alt. 8619ft
Over a good kilometre, Sentier du Postier heads over an aerial passage spotted with sloping neves at the beginning of the season. To avoid this, when descending keep going towards Plan Del Ré. From there, walk towards Pô water source (la source du Pô) and head up to Lac Morenza. Go along the left-hand side reaching Tour du Viso trail after a kilometre or so and leading to Refuge Sella Quintino. This route takes 45 minutes longer.
Passing through Tunnel de la Traversette is possible during the summer if equipped with a headlamp.
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Tunnel de la Traversette.
The first tunnel to have been dug beneath the Alps. Completed in 1480. It's 75 metres long.
2900 m high on one side, 2915 m on the other, it allows you to avoid the pass route (2947 m) which is quite difficult.
It was designed to let a mule and a hunched man go through.
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