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R140 Sant'Anna di Vinadio » Rifugio Malinvern
  |   4h10   |   12.39 km   |   715 m   |   915 m

From the shrine of Sant’Anna di Vinadio the tail follows the road to the lake of the Sant'Anna pass, leaving it to proceed along the ridge, on the French-Italian border. It then meets the road to the Lombarda pass, which leads down before another climb to the Orgials pass. A steep trail heads down into the Rio Freddo river valley, at the bottom of which is the Malinvern hut.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Sant'Anna di Vinadio
2019 m
| B  6.14 km / 1h45
Colle della Lombarda
2346 m
|   1.49 km / 0h20
Baisse de Levens
2279 m
|   1.45 km / 0h45
Passo d'Orgials
2531 m
| C  3.31 km / 1h20
Rifugio Malinvern
1810 m
Detailed route description
Useful topographic maps
  • 7 ~ IGC, VALLI MAIRA, GRANA E STURA (1: 50000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Per i sentieri della Valle Stura ~ Com.Mont.Valle Stura e Demonte (ISBN )
  • 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)

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  • Berta - 2018-08-25
    Rigugio Malinvern ist wirklich sehr angenehm. Wir hatten ein Zimmer mit Stockbett. Essen war sehr gut und reichlich, WiFi für 2 €, Lager mit Halbpension f Alpin Club 38€ , sehr freundliches Personal
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    Rigugio Malinvern is really nice. We had a room with a bunk bed. Food was very good and plentiful, WiFi for 2 €, camp with half board f Alpin Club 38 €, very friendly staff
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-10
    Je confirme : il faut presque 7h et non 4h10. De Ste-Anne au col de la Lombarde, on mettrait 1h45 alors qu'en sens inverse, donc à la descente, le panneau indique 1h50 ?! Et du pas d'Orgials à Malinvern, il faut 2 h et non 1h20 (près de 800m de dénivelée)
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    I confirm: it takes almost 7h and not 4h10. From Ste-Anne to the neck of the Lombarde, it would take 1:45 while in the opposite direction, so on the descent, the sign indicates 1h50?! And from Orgials to Malinvern, it takes 2 hours and not 1h20 (almost 800m vertical drop)
  • Jean-Claude - 2015-10-02
    Il faut certainement plus de 4 h 10 pour cette étape!
    J'ai suivi une variante par le col dei Morti et le lac d'Aver (sentier P15),qui m'a rallongé un peu : j'ai mis 6 heures sans les pauses.
    Très belle traversée sur la crête frontalière.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    We certainly need more than 4 h 10 for this step! I followed a variant dei Morti by the collar and Lake Aver (P15 trail), which extended me a little that I have set six hours without breaks. Beautiful crossing on the border ridge.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2013-05-20
    Il y a une erreur de prés de 1100 m sur l'altitude et sur la dénomination du point d'intersection qui marque le départ du sentier vers le Passo d'Orgials et le Rifugio Malinvern.
    Arrivé au "Colle della Lombarda"/2350 m , ll faut descendre par la route sur le versant Italien jusqu'a une altitude de 2200 / 2250 m. Le point de départ du sentier vers le Passo d'Orgials
    2600 m se repère facilement depuis cette route par une bonne trace qui monte dans la pente, et par le balisage peint sur les rochers . Le panneau qui marquait le départ du sentier est caché et posé contre un bloc. Il est hors d'usage !
    L'accés au Passo s'effectue par un bon sentier dans un environnement minéral et austère. Descente superbe dans le sauvage et étroit Vallone di Riofreddo. Le Refuge MALINVERN est un beau refuge qui offre douche, repas généreux, petits dortoirs et accessoirement wifi !
    Tel : 00 39 (0)171 959605
    Tel : 00 39 347 2725194
    Email :
    Automatic translation [Google]
    There was an error of nearly 1100 m of altitude and the name of the intersection point which marks the start of the path towards Passo to Orgials and Rifugio Malinvern. Arrived at the "Colle della Lombarda" / 2350m, ll have to go down the road on the Italian side until an altitude of 2200/2250 m. The starting point of the trail to the 2600m Passo d'Orgials be spotted easily from the road by a good trail that goes up the slope, and the signs painted on the rocks. The sign marking the start of the path is hidden and placed against a block. It is useless! The access to the Passo is by a good path in a mineral and austere environment. Great run in the wild and narrow Vallone di Riofreddo. The Malinvern Refuge is a beautiful refuge, which offers shower, generous meals, small dormitories and incidentally wifi! Tel: 00 39 (0) 171 959605 Tel: 00 39 347 2725194 Email:!
  • m.bijpost - 2011-08-07
    question: the red road, between refugio Saint Anna di Vinidio and refugio Malinvern: it sais: baisse de Levens: but that is near Sospel??? And you can't walk 1000 mtrs down in15 min. and climb 1500 mtrs in 1 hour. So is the discrition of this track allright??
    M. Bijpost
Last update : 2019-12-17