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France / Italy
Rhone-Alpes / Piemonte
Savoie / Torino
Bramans / Venaus / Giaglione
Val Cenis / Valle di Susa

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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D35 Refuge du Petit Mont Cenis » Rifugio Vaccarone
  |   3h35   |   11.6 km   |   1190 m   |   566 m

Just after leaving the Petit Mont-Cenis hut, the trail crosses the pass by the same name and then turns off towards the Savine valley, formerly a traditional route of passage and now a protected zone (Natura 2000). It continues alongside the Savine lake to reach the Clapier pass, which leads into Italy and down to the Vaccarone hut along scenic but technically, slightly more difficult trails. This leg is partially practicable by mountain bike, too up to Col Clapier.

Easier alternative route

Trails from the Clapier Lakes to the top, towards Vaccarone are equipped with guide ropes at some points.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Refuge du Petit Mont Cenis
2110 m
| B  1.6 km / 0h20
Lacs Perrin
2317 m
| D  2.5 km / 0h40
Lac de Savine
2447 m
| D  4.5 km / 1h20
Col Clapier ou de Savine
2477 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h25
Fondovalle Rio Clapier
2422 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h50
Rifugio Vaccarone
2735 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
From the Clapier pass it is possible to climb to the following peaks: Mount Giusalet, Tre Denti d'Ambin, Cima Di Bard.
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  • Bert Gielen - 2018-03-03
    Some useful variants
    1) Between Lac Perrin and Lac de Savine, a much wilder alternative is recommended over Lacs Giaset. Excellent waymarking in yellow
    2) The last climb to the Vaccarone hut is very exposed (ropes etc.). The alternative over the former military hut Rifugio Giaset is only 20min longer but much less exposed.
  • rifugio vaccarone - 2012-09-05
    il rifugio è aperto da Giugno 2012! il periodo d'apertura va da metà giugno a metà settembre
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The refuge is open from June 2012! the opening period from mid-June to mid-September
  • Sabine Bade - 2012-06-19
    Das seit sehr vielen Jahren wegen nötiger Umbaumaßnahmen geschlossene Rifugio Vaccarone wird am 23. Juni 2012 endlich wieder eröffnet!
    Die Hütte bietet 14 Plätze und ist in diesem Sommer durchgehend bis Ende August bewirtschaftet. Ggf. auch im September an den Wochenenden.
    Alle weiteren Infos sind demnächst der Homepage zu entnehmen (momentan noch im Aufbau).

    Sabine Bade
    Automatic translation [Google]
    That for very many years closed due to renovations needed more Rifugio Vaccarone on 23 Finally re-opened in June 2012! The lodge offers 14 places and is cultivated throughout this summer until the end of August. If necessary. Also in September on the weekends. All further information will soon be taken to the homepage (currently under construction). Greeting Sabine Bade
  • Sabine Bade - 2012-02-21
    Das Rif. Vaccarone ist nachwievor geschlossen. Wenige Meter davon entfernt steht das Bivacco Sandrin (12 Plätze).
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The Rif. Vaccarone is closed after like. A few meters away is the Bivouac Sandrin (12 seats).
  • antonella - 2011-08-10
    La traduzione di Google è sbagliata. "Il luogo, fine di questa tappa, si presenta particolarmente selvaggio. Una indicazione al Colle Clapier indica che le truppe di Annibale sarebbero passate di qui."
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The Google translation is wrong. "The place, the end of this stage, is particularly wild. An indication of the Hill Clapier indicates that Hannibal's troops would pass by here."
  • Jean-Luc - 2010-04-26
    La fin de cette étape est particulièrement sauvage . Un plaque , au col du Clapier indique que les troupes d'Hannibal serait passé a cet endroit
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The end of this step is particularly wild. A plaque at the neck Clapier indicates that Hannibal's troops would have happened at this location
Last update : 2013-05-30