This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days.
This stage gives you a frontline view over Monte Viso on one side and Pô prairie (plaine du Pô) on the other. Then a climb through Vallanta's small green valley.
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) From Gite Sella, take the downhill trail heading south.
(1) At the other end of the lake, leave the trail heading up towards bivouac and keep heading towards Passo Gallarino.
(2) At Passo Gallarino, go right due west south-west. After a nice little lake (3), start a long hike down towards the valley (some areas are very steep).
(4) At Vallanta Torrent, cross a footbridge, several metres further turning right to head north. Then head up the small valley reaching Refuge de Vallanta end of today's stage (A).
D : mi 0 - alt. 8579ft
1 : mi 0.25 - alt. 8497ft
2 : mi 1.89 - alt. 8967ft
3 : mi 2.96 - alt. 8921ft
4 : mi 5.77 - alt. 6293ft
A : mi 8.53 - alt. 7923ft
The descent to Vallenta valley is slippery in wet weather.
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Opportunity to see the sunrise over plaine du Pô if you're up early enough. It's a magical moment with views far over la plaine du pô as the heat haze has not yet appeared. A few moments later the sunrise gives Monte Viso a golden shimmer. A sight for sore eyes.
Italian stage through wild upper valleys and rocky wasteland, scattered by beautiful mountain lakes, consistantlyaround Monte Viso.
This stage involves a pass with neves and crossing Refuge du Viso high berm then Guil valley.
Beautiful stage, green at first, covered by neve at the pass then very floral in Guil Valley.
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."
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.
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.
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