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PACA / Piemonte
Alpes de Haute Provence / Cuneo
Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye / Acceglio
Ubaye / Valle Maira

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R134 Maljasset » Chiappera
Trail crossing
  |   4h50   |   15.84 km   |   761 m   |   1049 m

Just after leaving Maljasset, the trail turns off to the east into the grassy valley of Mary to reach the pass by the same name, which opens out onto Italy. The route follows the Maurin valley downwards, past Lake Sagna to the hamlet of Chiappera at the bottom of the valley, near the imposing Rocca Provenzale fortress.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1910 m
| BD  2.6 km / 0h55
X Torrent du Béal de la Pousterle
2182 m
| D  1.9 km / 0h40
Bergerie supérieure de Mary
2382 m
| D  2.4 km / 0h55
Col de Mary / Colle Maurin
2643 m
|   8.94 km / 2h20
1627 m
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Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
Useful guidebooks
  • Monte Viso-Alpi Cozie meridionali, M.Bruno ~ CAI/TCI Milano (ISBN 1987)
  • Camminaitalia, Cannobini, Carnovalini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)
  • In cima-70 normali nelle Cozie meridionali, M.Bruno ~ L'arciere blu, Cuneo (ISBN 1995)
  • 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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  • Berta - 2018-08-17
    In Chiappera ist etwas außerhalb des wunderschönen Ortes das Campo Base +393348416041, praktisch zum nächtigen. Sehr freundliches Personal, gutes Essen und reichliches Frühstück. Lager mit Halbpension f 46€ pro Person
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    In Chiappera, just outside the beautiful village, is the Campo Base +393348416041, practically the night. Very friendly staff, good food and ample breakfast. Camp with half board f 46 € per person
  • frankie9594 - 2017-10-14
    Monaco- Trieste

    After crossing Col de Mary, some streams and water that might make the trail difficult. Another beautiful stage. There are two shepherd houses along the trail. Possible to bivouac next to the house.

    Maljasset has at least 3 places to sleep. Great people at the "Refuge Club Alpin Francais de Maljasset."
    Possible to bivouac by the river as well. Ask permission first.
  • Daniel - 2017-09-06
    When I got in Chiappera I found the Base Camp Refuge was let to a children group, And all other places full. The only hotel was Londra in Acceglio, 10 km down the valley. Very luxurious but affordable. Friendly, good food. The owner will pick you up by car from Chiappera or even Chialvetta, And put you back the next day. He will also arrange the next reservation for you. Recommended. Tel. 0039 347 435 1662
  • tof - 2015-05-17

    le 7/10/14. Une petite étape pour aller dormir à la bergerie sup. de Mary. Refuge non gardé ouvert, propre, matelas. De l'eau de source à côté.

    le 8/10/14. Passage en Italie. Descente sur Chiappera et pause repas midi au refuge de Campo Base. Ouf ! un ilot de ressources. La réputation accueillante des refuges italiens est encore au rendez-vous! Repas complet, bon, prix sympa et bon accueil. Prêt à reprendre la route. Direction le bivouac Danilo Sartore, sous le col du sautron.
    Bivouac de luxe, bien entretenu, pourvu que ça dure. Pas d'eau, des couvertures et matelas. Voir l'histoire de cet alpiniste mort en montagne:
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    Trieste-Monaco on 10/7/14. A small step to go to sleep sup fold. Mary. Refuge unguarded open, clean mattress. Source of water nearby. the 10/8/14. Passage in Italy. Descent on Chiappera noon lunch break and refuge Campo Base. Phew! a resource block. The reputation of Italian welcoming shelters is still in there! Complete meal, good, nice price and good reception. Ready to hit the road. Direction bivouac Sartore Danilo, under the collar of sautron. Luxury Bivouac, well maintained, long may it last. No water, blankets and mattresses. See the history of this mountain climber death:
  • Thierry M. - 2013-11-23
    Monaco - Trieste

    About 1h30 from rifugio Campo Base to Colle dell Maurin
    From Colle Maurin Via Alpina goes straight down towards Maljasset...

    Took left towards nearby Col de Marinet 2784m

    Lots of snow left in mid June 2013. Great way down to reach opened Bivouac Marinet

    From Colle Maurin to Col Marinet 50min on the snow... 50mins of going down very quickly on the snow to reach bivouac Marinet surronded by 1m of snow with ice inside (one of the greatest bivouac of the all Via Alpina journey for me)

    Larche - Bivouac Marinet : 7h50 walking, 3h40 resting, 27,7km. condition : fair weather, good visibility,snow @ Colle Sautron, Colle Maurin until Bivouac Marinet

    From Bivouac Marinet it catches up on the way down the Via Alpina to reach Maljasset hamlet where a gite is available
Last update : 2019-12-17