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R136 Chialvetta » Pontebernardo
  |   6h35   |   18.55 km   |   1419 m   |   1621 m

The first stretch of this long stage climbs to the Gardetta pass, along the length of the Unerzio valley from Chialvetta, and skirting round the Rocca Limburny peak. From the pass, surrounded by crumbling defences, the trail climbs all the way to the Rocca Brancia pass. The following descent leads to the road of the Stura di Demonte Valley. Following the road downhill leads to Pontebernardo. This leg is practicable by mountain bike, too from Chialvetta to Pontebernardo (from the Pass of Rocca Brancia you continue towards Colle Oserot and the lakes of Roburent, once you arrive at Argentera you’ll have to go down to Pontebernardo along the main road).

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1521 m
| C  3.6 km / 1h00
Ricovero Unerzio
1831 m
| C  3.17 km / 2h15
Passo della Gardetta
2439 m
| C  1.75 km / 0h35
Passo Rocca Brancia
2610 m
| B  10.03 km / 2h45
1312 m
Detailed route description
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Percorsi Occitani, Sentiero Italia and Grande Traversata delle Alpi trails.
Useful topographic maps
  • 7 ~ IGC, VAL MAIRA, GRANA E STURA (1: 50000)
Useful guidebooks
  • In cima-70 normali nelle Cozie meridionali, M.Bruno ~ L'arciere blu, Cuneo (ISBN 1995)
  • Camminaitalia, Cannobini, Carnovalini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)
  • Monte Viso-Alpi Cozie meridionali, M.Bruno ~ CAI/TCI Milano (ISBN 1987)

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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2018-11-11
    Die Wegführung bei Case Serre in Richtung Pontebernardo wurde leicht angepasst, der GPS-Track (Stand August 2018) stimmt dort nicht mehr.
    Wer im Lager des Posto Tappa übernachten will, kann sich in der Bar Barricate (ein paar Häuser weiter oben) anmelden.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The route at Case Serre in the direction of Pontebernardo was slightly adapted, the GPS track (as of August 2018) is no longer there. If you want to spend the night in the Posto Tappa camp, you can register at Bar Barricate (a few blocks up).
  • Berta - 2018-08-17
    In Pontebernardo ist das Posto Tappa in der Bar Barricate 017196616. Es gibt Zimmer und Lager. Wir fanden das Zimmer Ne.9 sehr schön. Doppelzimmer mit Frühstück 65 €, Abendessen 20€ pro Person
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In Pontebernardo, Posto Tappa is located in Bar Barricate 017196616. There are rooms and storage. We found the room Ne.9 very nice. Double room with breakfast 65 €, dinner 20 € per person
  • Berta - 2018-08-17
    Nach dem Passo Gadetta ca.30 min befindet sich das Refugio Gadetta das ich nur empfehlen kann. Die Lage ist einzigartig, wunderschön in einer Mulde. Sehr schön um den tag ausklingen zu lassen. Extrem gjtes jnd reichliches Essen. Lager mit Halbpension f 38€ ( Club Alpin Mitglieder)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    After the Passo Gadetta about 30 minutes is the Refugio Gadetta I can only recommend. The location is unique, beautiful in a hollow. Very nice to end the day. Extremely gjtes and ample food. Camp with half board f 38 € (Club Alpin members)
  • Daniel - 2017-09-06
    The Posto Tappa (which is Italian for 'Gite d'Etape') here is located in three buildings: The dormitory, a restaurant and a bar with nice terrace.
  • Daniel - 2017-09-06
    Just past the Col de Gardetta there is the Rifugio Gardetta. That evening the warden gave a lecture about the dinosaurs that used to live here. And showed some fossils. Nearby there is a war memorial with artifacts of the previous wars.
  • robert - 2015-10-20
    Ravitaillement possible à Pietrapozio , 1km en aval de Pontebernardo
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Provisions at Pietrapozio as possible, 1km downstream of Pontebernardo
  • Nathalie & Hubert - 2015-06-16
    Étape parcourue dans le sens Viviere (Chialvetta) -> Pontebernardo dimanche 14/06/2015 : pratiquement plus de neige, col de la Gardetta dégagé, mais quelques (courts) névés à neige relativement dure (en fin de matinée par mauvais temps) et assez exposés dans la montée au col de Rocca Brancia : nous avons chaussé les crampons pour le dernier. Très bon balisage jusqu’au col Rocca Brancia (Valle Maira), ensuite (Val Stura) balises anciennes et sentier souvent embroussaillé. Superbe itinéraire au paysage très varié. Très bon accueil (et repas gastronomique exceptionnel) au Refuge de Viviere et auto-stop sans problème pour Vinadio en Valle Stura (pas de car le dimanche).
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    Step in the direction traveled Viviere (Chialvetta) -> Pontebernardo Sunday, 14/06/2015: almost no snow, neck Gardetta cleared, but some (short) snowfields relatively hard snow (late morning in bad weather) and quite exposed in the climb to Rocca Brancia: we lace up the cleats for the last. Very good markup to the pass Rocca Brancia (Valle Maira), then (Val Stura) old tags and often overgrown trail. Very welcome (and exceptional gourmet meal) at Refuge Viviere and hitchhike without problems for Vinadio in Valle Stura (not Sundays).
Last update : 2019-12-17