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France / Italy
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur / Piemonte
Hautes-Alpes / Cuneo
Ristolas / Pontechianale
Queyras / Valle Varaita
Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
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E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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D47 Refuge du Viso » Rifugio Savigliano
  |   4h45   |   15.69 km   |   722 m   |   1476 m

From the Viso hut, Via Alpina continues along the Tour du mont Viso trail. It passes close to the Lestio lake and embarks on the climb amid dark schist to the Valante pass on the Italian border. The trail then heads down into the Vallanta valley, past the Vallanta hut, and continues to the hamlet of Castello, nestling on the banks of Lake Castello. It circles around the left bank to Pontechianale. This leg is practicable by mountain bike, too from Réfuge Du Viso to Savigliano Refuge.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Refuge du Viso
2463 m
| C  2.97 km / 1h10
Passo di Vallanta
2844 m
| C  2.13 km / 0h45
Rifugi Vallanta e Gagliardone
2438 m
| C  3.97 km / 1h05
Grange Soullieres
1931 m
| D  2.98 km / 0h45
1598 m
| D  2.32 km / 0h35
1602 m
| D  1.32 km / 0h25
Rifugio Savigliano
1701 m
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Useful guidebooks
  • Monte Viso, Alpi Cozie Meridionali, M.Bruno ~ CAI-TCI (ISBN 1987)
  • Camminaitalia, Cannobini, Carnovalini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)
  • Escursioni: gruppo del Monviso, itinerari fuori porta, Casanova O. ~ Verona (ISBN 1997)
  • La Grande Traversée des Alpes et le Tour de l'Ubaye - Réf. 531 ~ Fédération Française de Randonnée (ISBN 978-2-7514-0267-8)
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  • Vaeltava tohtori - 2014-08-24
    Another place to stay is in Castello Rif. Alevo. A very nice place.
  • martine keller - 2011-06-16
    Sens Refuge Savigliano - Refuge du Viso (observation faite en juillet 2010).
    Le Passo di Vallanta est enneigé en début d’été, mais peut être généralement gravi sans crampons car la pente n'est pas trop importante.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Savigliano sense Refuge - Refuge Viso (observation made in July 2010). Passo di Vallanta is snow in early summer, but can usually be climbed without crampons because the slope is not too large.
Last update : 2013-07-10