Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 5

This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days.

Beautiful stage, green at first, covered by neve at the pass then very floral in Guil Valley.

Technical sheet
No. 4098731
A Pontechianale walk posted on 22/01/13 by Tamtraductions. Update : 21/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h30[?]
Distance Distance : 9.33mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1394ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 3730ft
Highest point Highest point : 9301ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 5571ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Queyras, Dauphiné
Location Location : Pontechianale
Starting point Starting point : N 44.665958° / E 7.063992°
Arrival Arrival : N 44.757281° / E 6.9928°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3637OT, 3637OTR
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Description

Leave Refuge Vallanta heading north and climb up a steep trail to Col de Valante.

(1) At the pass, start heading north-west and cross the neve reaching scree. Next, head down the steep scree towards little Lac Lestio (2).
From there, follow the trail along the torrent (3).

Then, take the trail (4) heading towards Guil Valley and reaching Echalp. The loop is completed (A).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 7907ft
1 : mi 1.36 - alt. 9272ft - Col de Valante
2 : mi 2.34 - alt. 8261ft - Lac Lestio
3 : mi 2.7 - alt. 8045ft - Guil (rivière)
4 : mi 7.34 - alt. 6129ft - Petit Belvedère du Viso
A : mi 9.33 - alt. 5571ft - Gîte 7° Est

Useful Information

Neve at Col de Valante is present all year round. This part is generally done early morning so will most likely be frozen and slippery.
Be careful if you don't have cleats.

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.

During the walk or to do/see around

A stunning view point on the west side of Monte Viso.
Echalp hamlet is worth a quick visit.

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