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R150 Rifugio Garelli » Rifugio Mongioie
  |   5h40   |   14.4 km   |   912 m   |   1339 m

From the Garelli hut the trail climbs to the Porta Sestrera pass in the upper Ellero valley, circling Lake Rataira and leading on through scree slopes to the Pas pass. It heads past the Saracco Volante hut and the Karst basin of Piaggia Bella, to the Mastrelle pass. Down in the Carnino valley the trail heads past the Bossi hut and the Carnino pass to the Mongioie hut.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Rifugio Garelli
1965 m
|   1.3 km / 0h45
Porta Sestrera
2228 m
|   1.6 km / 0h30
Lago Raitara
2200 m
|   0.6 km / 0h30
Colle del Pas
2340 m
|   0.7 km / 0h15
Bivacco Saracco Volante
2209 m
|   4.8 km / 1h40
Carnino inferiore
1353 m
|   2.1 km / 0h50
Colla del Carnino
1587 m
|   2.8 km / 1h00
1539 m
| D  0.5 km / 0h10
Rifugio Mongioie
1538 m
Detailed route description
Useful topographic maps
Useful guidebooks
  • Alpi Marittime, voll.I-II, L.Montaldo, F.Salesi, E.Montagna ~ Collana Guida Monti d'Italia, CAI-TCI (ISBN )
  • Camminaitalia, Cannobini, Carnovalini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)
  • Auf der Via Alpina durch Seealpen und Ligurische Alpen ~ (ISBN 978-3937304-50-2)

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  • daniel - 2020-03-12
    In this hut supplies are being brought by a jeep, you can sit on the toilet, free shower, wifi and be able to pay by bank-card.

    From the Colle del Pass up until Carnino Inferiore, there is almost no water. In Inferiore there is a bar, and after that again no water. So take extra.

  • Henk - 2019-07-26
    Between Colle del Pas, Passo della Croce and Passo delle Mastrelle, the gpx-track from the website is not marked in the field: better follow the regular marks (GTA, A4). Carnino is an interesting village with some old typical farmhouses still in reasonable shape.
  • Berta - 2018-08-25
    Es gibt in Carnino ein Rifugio, welches sehr nett ausschaut, wir haben nur sehr guten selbstgebackenen Kuchen gegessen: Rifugio Foresteria di Carnino 0174 - 086108. Wir haben im Rifugio Moglioe geschlafen, hat uns gut gefallen, alle sehr freundlich, gute Lage und auch das Essen war sehr gut. Lager mit Halbpension f Alpenverein 37€pro Person
    Automatic translation [Google]
    There is a Rifugio in Carnino, which looks very nice, we only ate very good home-baked cake: Rifugio Foresteria di Carnino 0174 - 086108. We slept in the Rifugio Moglioe, we liked it, all very friendly, good location and also the Food was very good. Camp with half board f Alpine Club 37 € per person
  • Elisabeth - 2016-11-18
    Le nouveau tracé suit l'itinéraire du Tour du Marguareis, passant par le refuge Mondovi dont le restaurant est très apprécié.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The new route follows the route of the Marguareis Tour, passing by the Mondovi refuge whose restaurant is very popular.
  • robert - 2015-10-20
    Etape retracée , elle passe désormais par le refuge Mondovi et Le Passo del Saline
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Step traced, it now passes through the Mondovi refuge and Passo del Saline
  • Jean-Claude - 2015-10-05
    J'ai fait le tour par le rifugio Mondovi, par des vallons et prairies très verdoyantes, et ensuite le Passo del Saline, et le rifugio Bossi qui est fermé : je ne sais pas où il faut se procurer la clé...
    Le sentier continue au pied des falaises, et arrive au rifugio Mongioie, très agréable, terrasse, chaises longues, bières, et bon repas. Le refuge vend du miel d'un apiculteur local.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    I toured the rifugio Mondovi, with very lush valleys and meadows, and then the Passo del Saline, and which is closed rifugio Bossi: I do not know where to obtain the key ... The trail continues under the cliffs, and arrives at rifugio Mongioie, very nice, terrace, deck chairs, beers and good food. The shelter sells honey from a local beekeeper.
Last update : 2019-12-18