Through the Italian Alps

The GTA - The Grande Traversata delle Alpi

By Gillian Price

A guidebook to the 663km Grande Traversata Delle Alpi trek through the western Italian Alps traversing the Ligurian, Maritime, Cottian, Graian and Pennine Alps to finish near Monte Rosa. The guide splits the route into 47 day stages of 4 to 23km. In total there is 44,000m of ascent/descent, so a good level of fitness and experience is required.

Seasons

Seasons

Late June to mid-September. There may be some spring snow early on, but the treks goes from south to north so this is minimised.
Centres

Centres

Starts Viozene north of Genoa, finishes near Monte Rosa. Visits no main towns but public transport to Turin then Aosta always possible to leave the route.
Difficulty

Difficulty

At 630km (400 miles) split into 47 stages it is a long way and passes through some tough but rewarding alpine terrain. Can be split for those with less time. A stern undertaking.
Must See

Must See

Argentera, Monte Viso, the Gran Paradiso and the south faces of the Pennine Alps. Crosses half a dozen national parks and nature reserves.
ISBN
9781852844172
Availability
Published
Published
26 May 2005
Edition
First
Pages
208
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
Weight
280g
  • Overview

    The Grande Traversata delle Alpi is a spectacular 47-day alpine route across the western Italian Alps. Starting a mere stone’s throw from the Mediterranean, the GTA curves its way high over the Piedmont plain traversing the Ligurian, Maritime, Cottian, Graian and Pennine Alps, heading northwards to a brilliant conclusion near the base of Monte Rosa. The sole prerequisites for trekkers are average fitness and a taste for adventure.

    With approximately 633km (393 miles) distance, 44,000m in ascent (and descent), a low of 295m and a high of 2804m above sea level, and crossing 62 passes, the Grande Traversata delle Alpi entails a full 47 days on the trail. Crossing stunning alpine peaks and monumental landmarks this trail offers breathtaking backgrounds on what is probably Italy’s most rewarding long distance walking route. Arduous mountain passes where the eye gazes over boundless horizons of rugged rock and snowscapes are encountered on a daily basis as well as lush meadows spread with glorious wildflowers in peaceful valleys.

    To make the planning more manageable, the trek has been divided into four parts, each approximately two-weeks in length. Each is made up of one-day stages, concluding at a village or refuge where accommodation, meals and often transport are available. The trek follows good paths and does not demand special alpine expertise. Nothing more than a decent level of fitness and willpower is required to deal with the lengthy hauls.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    The GTA Trek
    Italy's Western Alps
    Piedmont
    Walking the GTA
    When to Go
    Getting There
    Local Transport
    How to Use this Guide
    Dos and Don'ts
    Emergencies
    Waymarking and Maps
    What to Take
    Accommodation
    Telephones
    Food and Drink
    Vegetation
    Wildlife
    Part I: The Ligurian and Maritime Alps
    Stage 1 Viozene to Rifugio Garelli
    Stage 2 Rifugio Garelli to Limonetto
    Stage 3 Limonetto to Palanfré
    Stage 4 Palanfré to Trinità
    Stage 5 Trinità to San Giacomo
    Stage 6 San Giacomo to Rifugio Genova
    Stage 7 Rifugio Genova to Terme di Valdieri
    Stage 8 Terme di Valdieri to Rifugio Malinvern
    Stage 9 Rifugio Malinvern to Sant'Anna di Vinadio
    Stage 10 Sant'Anna di Vinadio to Strepeis
    Stage 11 Strepeis to Pontebernardo
    Part II: The Cottian Alps
    Stage 12 Pontebernardo to Rifugio Gardetta
    Stage 13 Rifugio Gardetta to Rifugio Campo Base
    Stage 14 Rifugio Campo Base to Rifugio Pian Melezé
    Stage 15 Rifugio Pian Melezé to Pontechianale
    Stage 16 Pontechianale to Rifugio Q. Sella
    Stage 17 Rifugio Q. Sella to Rifugio Barbara Lowrie
    Stage 18 Rifugio Barbara Lowrie to Villanova
    Stage 19 Villanova to Ghigo di Prali
    Stage 20 Ghigo di Prali to Balsiglia
    Stage 21 Balsiglia to Usseaux
    Stage 22 Usseaux to Rifugio D. Arlaud
    Stage 23 Rifugio D. Arlaud to Susa
    Part III: The Graian Alps
    Stage 24 Susa to Rifugio Il Truc
    Stage 25 Il Truc to Usseglio
    Stage 26 Usseglio to Balme
    Stage 27 Balme to Pialpetta
    Stage 28 Pialpetta to Fonti Minerali
    Stage 29 Fonti Minerali to Noasca
    Stage 30 Noasca to San Lorenzo
    Stage 31 San Lorenzo to Talosio
    Stage 32 Talosio to Ronco Canavese
    Stage 33 Ronco Canavese to Piamprato
    Stage 34 Piamprato to Fondo
    Stage 35 Fondo to Le Cavanne
    Stage 36 Le Cavanne to Quincinetto
    Part IV: The Pennine Alps
    Stage 37 Quincinetto to Maletto
    Stage 38 Maletto to Rifugio Coda
    Stage 39 Rifugio Coda to Locanda Galleria Rosazza
    Stage 40 Locanda Galleria Rosazza to Rifugio Selle
    Stage 41 Rifugio Selle to Rifugio Rivetti
    Stage 42 Rifugio Rivetti to Sant'Antonio
    Stage 43 Sant'Antonio to Rima
    Stage 44 Rima to Carcoforo
    Stage 45 Carcoforo to Santa Maria
    Stage 46 Santa Maria to Campello Monti
    Stage 47 Campello Monti to Molini di Calasca

    Route Summary
    Appendix I Tourist Information
    Appendix II Main Peaks along the GTA
    Appendix III Italian–English Glossary
    Appendix IV Further Reading

  • Maps

    Stages 1–8 IGC ‘Alpi Marittime e Liguri’ 1:50,000 sheet 8

    Stages 1–2 Blu Edizioni ‘Alpi Liguri, Parco Naturale Alta Valle Pesio e Tanaro’ 1:25,000, cartoguida 2

    Stages 3–8 Blu Edizioni ‘Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime’ 1:25,000, cartoguida 1

    Stages 9–14 IGC ‘Valli Maira Grana Stura’ 1:50,000 sheet 7

    Stages 14–19 IGC ‘Monviso’ 1:50,000 sheet 6

    Stages 19–24 IGC ‘Valli di Susa, Chisone e Germanasca’ 1:50,000 sheet 1

    Stages 24–28 IGC ‘Valli di Lanzo e Moncenisio’ 1:50,000 sheet 2

    Stages 29–33 IGC ‘Il Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso’ 1:50,000 sheet 3

    Stages 33–41 IGC ‘Ivrea, Biella, Bassa Valle d’Aosta’ 1:50,000 sheet 9

    Stages 41–46 IGC ‘Monte Rosa, Alagna e Macugnaga’ 1:50,000 sheet 10

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    Aug 2018

    There's been an increase in cases of TBE (tick-borne encephalitis) across Europe, Italy included. Walkers should be aware that they may pick up ticks while walking through grass and woodland up to approx 1500 metres altitude. Not all ticks carry the disease but better safe than sorry. Simple precautions and plenty of useful information is available on the website: https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/tick-borne-encephalitis. Vaccination is also an option.

    July 2018


    Page 157 – Alpe Charamonte is only now occupied in August.Page 157

    Page 158 – Le Cavanne is now Agriturismo Le Capanne (note spelling).

    Page 159 – Hotel Priale is now closed after the tragic death of its owner. The accepted place to stay in Quincinetto is now B&B Casa Val, with several local restaurants nearby.

    Page 162 – Maletto is no longer offering accommodation. People therefore generally follow the signs to the very nice Agriturismo Belvedere instead.

    Page 169 – In Rozazza one can stay at an old school that provides inexpensive accommodation run by a lovely motherly Polish woman, the Vecchio Scuole on Via Luigi.

    Page 180 – Rima now has a nice new Posto Tappa. Keys can be collected at the bar/restaurant on the main square.

    Page 185 – Rifugio Alpe Baranca is now a lot bigger.

    Page 187 – There are now several options at Rimella, including Rifgio dei Walser at S. Gottardo, at the upper end of the sprawling series of villages.

    Page 190 – Both Biv Pian del Lago and Alpe del Lago now have a small number of blankets.

    Page 192 – Locanda del Tiglio no longer sells groceries.



    (Thanks to John Young)

    April 2018

    p70 The Posto Tappa at Terme di Valdieri has been renovated as Casa Savoia sleeps 24, open beginning June to end Sept, tel 327 0116543 casasavoiaterme@gmail.com

    Oct 2017

    page 190

    Stage 47: Bivacco Pian del Lago now has blankets + pillows and a gas stove. It does not have a WC. Later, Bivacco Alpe del Lago is no longer "grotty" and, except for not having a gardien, is probably the best bivacco on the GTA. It has mattresses, blankets, pillows, a wood stove as well as a gas stove, and a full supply of cooking equipment. It has lighting (solar) and an excellent WC.

    (thanks to Peter Forrest)

    July 2015

    pp61-62 the descent path from Colle Vailetto is well maintained

    p74 Rifugio Malinvern tel changed to 0171 1936018 or mob 340 2768964 www.rifugiomalinvern.it
    p99 Chalet Seggiovia tel 0175 950410 www.chaletseggiovia.com
    p107 buses run via Bobbio Pellice to Pinerolo where the railway starts
    (Thanks to Christine Major)

    Stage 20: The owner of the posto tappa (Agriturismo La Miando) at Didiero/Salza will transfer walkers between Balsiglia and Didiero in his car. This avoids an 8Km walk along the road between Didiero and Balsiglia either before or after the long stage 21.
    Contact Tel. +34 3488145311 E-mail agriturismolamiando@gmail.com (Thanks to David Folkes)

    Stage 37
    Maletto no longer has accommodation so detour to Agriturismo Belvedere at Trovinasse tel 0125 658731 sleeps 18, open June to Sept + weekends at other times

    Stage 45
    Just out of Santa Maria is The Yellow House B&B tel 346 0206177 shivaneve@hotmail.it Meals down the road at La Piana (Osteria La Piana)

    July 2014

    p148 Talosio, grocery store has closed down. For bus connection to Pont Canavese, phone the night before or taxi (See bar).
    p151 GTA marked on east side of river from Scandosio to Cugnone and Pianetto to Piamprato.
    p159 The "rotting bridge" has been repaired.
    (Thanks to Greg Pettingill)

    p114 Agriturismo La Miando has changed its contact details; email agriturismolamiando@gmail.com
    Tel number to change to mobs 3488145311 or 339276321

    June 2014

    Many Thanks to Geoff Caplan for his information on wild camping on this route.

    WILD CAMPING AND THE GTA

    Some notes on my experience covering the first 30 stages of the GTA using a tent. If you have the experience this can be an economical and highly enjoyable way to tackle the route. It also offers the opportunity to walk into October, when many huts are closed and the hills are quiet.

    1. LEGALITY

    Legally the wild camping situation is complex as the route passes through many different types of administration. But it practice the same rules you would use in a UK National Park seem to work out fine: (1) Choose isolated or secluded spots (2) Pitch late
    (3) Strike early (4) Don't light fires anywhere close to woodland (in some areas this is illegal). Camping near to huts seems to be acceptable if you ask permission and if suitable pitches are available. I found the herders friendly, provided you stay away from their huts.

    I only had one issue, when a Forest Ranger stumbled across my discreet camp while searching for poachers and politely asked me to move. But after a quick negotiation he relented and allowed me to stay.

    2. FINDING PITCHES

    Because of the steepness you can often walk for many hours between viable sites. Be wary of passing a good spot from mid-afternoon onwards unless the map suggests promising territory ahead. I always found a pitch, but it was sometimes a close-run thing, so be prepared to bivvy if you get into trouble. Sites are not always close to water, so plan ahead and carry what you will need.

    Outside of the few official sites it's difficult to find suitable spots in the valleys. I resorted to a couple of stealth camps, but didn't enjoy the experience. The biggest challenge is getting through the Susa valley, where accommodation is expensive. But I found abandoned cultivation terraces a few hundred meters up beyond the town.

    On the lower slopes there are often herds, and the good sites can be heavily churned up and soiled (and cow-bells are loud!). The best sites and most memorable camps were often quite high. For the 29 nights on the trail my accommodation was: 20 x wild camps; 2 x valley stealth camps; 3 x official campsites; 2 x CIA bivaccos; 1 x CIA winter room; 1 x Posto Tappa (in apocalyptic weather!).

    3. RESUPPLY & WATER

    I walked mid-September to mid-October, so most huts were closed and many village shops were only open part-time. After mid-October most village shops close for the winter. It can be difficult to coordinate valley crossings with opening hours, so I carried a buffer of 3-4 days extra food for flexibility. Choice can be limited, and don't expect to find freeze-dried food pouches. On the hill I generally subsisted on artisan cheese and salami (wonderful and widely available), powdered soup, pasta, rice, bread and chocolate. During the season you could buy food at the huts, for a price.

    For fuel I strongly recommend meths, which is widely available in shops, pharmacies, huts and farms. Camping gas is rarely stocked.

    Much of the water is soiled by livestock so a safe water filter is pretty much essential. I used a Travel Tap.

    4. EQUIPMENT

    Unless you are super-fit, I strongly recommend going ultra-light if you want to enjoy your walking. For the best sites take a shelter suitable for high camping and sleeping equipment rated to -5C. I took the MLD TrailStar tarp tent. At only 500 grams it is absolutely bomb-proof and spacious enough to cook in safely. Highly recommended. You'll often have to camp amongst dung so take a suitable groundsheet if you are tarping. Ground conditions can be tough: I used Groundhog pegs and they were well worth the extra weight compared to Ti crooks. I took an insect-proof nest but didn't encounter any biting insects, even in the valleys, though this may vary by time of year. Obviously, don't camp light and high unless you have the experience: severe weather can blow up very quickly.

    5. LANGUAGE

    Little English is spoken in this region, and camping requires more interaction with the locals than hut-hopping. So I learned some Italian for the trip, and it proved extremely useful on many occasions. Plus it greatly enhanced my ability to interact with the local culture.

    Nov 2013

    Stage 30: changes to route between Fé and Perebella, now well waymarked throughout so no longer any need to take the bus.
    p144 When crossing the Orco and heading for the uphill turn LEFT and not right for Fe. At the first junction after about 50m turn right behind the school and follow the waymarks to a sign onto the "broad embankment " in the guide. From here clear new waymarks take you up past Coste. The path has been cleared and marked above here and cannot be missed but it's still hard work!
    p145 After Sant'Anna when you reach the rusting sheds follow the "tempting track" of the book rather than ignore it. The book route is now almost impossible to find. Follow the waymarks for 10-15min and you reach a sign that directs you down a clear and recently cleared path to Perebella.
    Thanks to Andrew Holmes

    July 2013

    pp43+46 the Himalayan bridge has been replaced by a modern structure
    Thanks to Andrew Holmes

    April 2013

    Thanks to Greg Pettingill

    p126 - Rifugio Il Truc will not be open for the summer of 2013 season. You can however use Rifugio La Riposa, rifugiolariposa@yahoo.it

    March 2013

    Thanks to Stuart and Marie Scott

    p53 Limonetto posto tappa is closed but the welcoming Ange Blanc restaurant (www.langeblanc.it, tel 0171928221) has rooms (sleeps 8) open May–Oct. It is located on the GTA route a short distance above the village on the last stretch of road.

    p128 Capanna Ravetto is now open for walkers. Sleeps 30, open mid July to end August. September weekends only. Tel mob 338 9007813. If no signal tel 011 6270441 (custodian's home number) requests can be passed on the hut.

    p130 The middle section of the route from Usseglio to Colle di Costa Fiorita is reportedly not in good condition

    p156 the path up from Piani di Cappia is now clearly marked

    November 2012

    Thanks to Ivan and Sue

    p46 Rifugio Mongioe www.rifugio-mongioie.com

    p50 Rifugio Garelli tel no changed to 0171 738078

    p57 Palanfré accommodation www.palanfre.it extra tel 340 6973954

    p78 www.santuariosantanna.eu

    Stage 14 is now well signed

    p99 Taverna al Sole is closed

    p107 www.rifugiobarbara.it

    p123 Susa: 10 mins out of town B&B Rocciamelone www.bbrocciamelone.it tel 3925863805

    p126 www.rifugioiltruc.com

    p130 www.albergorocciamelone.com

    p132 Good accommodation and meals at Les Montagnards www.lesmontagnards.it tel 0123 233073

    p139 www.fontiminerali.com

    p151 www.albergocentrale.ronco.com

    p159 Quincinetto: a 15min walk from town is B&B Cascina Salet www.cascinasalet.com tel 340 5564970

    thanks to Peter Forrest

    p132 Biv Gandolfo now has blankets

    p146 San Lorenzo: meals and limited accommodation (book ahead as is family home) at Trattoria Da Livio tel 0124 800213 cell 340 1260343

    p151 Albergo Centrale no longer takes credit cards

    p167 if you opt for the tunnel, take a head torch as there is no lighting

    August 2012

    Stage 17, p105 the path from Pian del Re is now well marked.

    Stage 17, p106 Below Colle della Gianna the GTA is now signed to take the left fork via Colle Proussera to Rif Barbara Lowrie.

    Stage 18, p108 Rifugio Barrant was closed in July 2011

    Stage 18/19, p110 the phone number for the Posto Tappa in Villanova is now 0121 957850

    July 2012

    p115 Accommodation and meals are also available at the lovely Foresteria Massello located close to Campo La Salza. www.foresteriamassello.it tel 0121 808678

    September 2011

    The route between Fé and Perebella, now well waymarked throughout so no longer any need to take the bus.

    p144 When crossing the Orco and heading for the uphill turn LEFT and not right for Fe. At the first junction after about 50m turn right behind the school and follow the waymarks to a sign onto the "broad embankment " in the guide. From here clear new waymarks take you up past Coste. The path has been cleared and marked above here and cannot be missed but it's still hard work!

    p145 After Sant'Anna when you reach the rusting sheds follow the "tempting track" of the book rather than ignore it. The book route is now almost impossible to find. Follow the waymarks for 10-15min and you reach a sign that directs you down a clear and recently cleared path to Perebella.

    Thanks to Andrew Holmes

    p132 A summer bus runs W (not E) to Pian della Mussa.


    p136 the owner of Ristorante Setugrino at Pialpetta will evidently drive walkers up to Rivotti for a modest fee, thus shortening the day.

    p141 Albergo Gran Paradiso at Noasca reportedly has a charming receptionist now.

    (Thanks to Peter Forrest)

    September 2010

    Reader's comment: thanks to Andrew Holmes

    Maps. There is a new series of maps produced at1:25000 by fraternalieditoreltd (www.fraternalieditore.it) for much of the Piedmont mountain areas. These are hugely superior to IGC maps of the same scale especially in the accuracy of path information.

    Stage 7 The bus link to Terme Di Valdieri is direct to Cuneo and not Borgo San Dalmazzo as stated.

    Stage 19 Ghigo Di Prali has two accommodation choices and Pensione Miramonti 0121807920 is very good value and friendly.

    Stage 20 There is a new accommodation option 40 minutes below Balsiglia which is the community owned La Foresteria Di Massello 0121808678. This offers dormitory or individual rooms in a new building with good food and very good rates. Good library with wildlife videos! The manager will run you to Balsiglia.

    Stage 21 The "limited groceries" entry for Usseaux should read "no groceries" No longer any shop.

    August 2010

    Part II

    Stage 16
    Rif Sella www.rifugiosella.it

    Stage 17
    p106 the final stretch to Rif Barbara Lowrie is overgrown and totally obstructed in several places by fallen trees.

    Stage 18
    Rif Jervis www.rifugiojervis.it

    Stage 20
    p115 Signora Tron will provide meals (phone ahead 349 1813364)

    Stage 22
    Usseaux posto tappa www.pzit-rei.it

    Stage 23
    Sentiero Balcone from Salbertrand to Susa is reportedly overgrown.
    Susa hotel www.hotelsusa.it

    Thanks to Peter Forrest (July 2010)

    January 2010

    p49 Rifugio Mondovi was extensively renovated in 2008

    p53 Colle di Tenda - nearby Bar Le Marmotte does delicious meals and snacks and will ring down to the Edelweiss guesthouse who come and pick up guests.

    p57 In the vicinity of Gias della Barma (1640m) keep on the L bank opposite the massive limestone slab of Costa Lausea pitted with tiny nummulite fossils. You wind down the steep valley to huts and and a fountain.
    At Palanfré - there is no longer a shuttle bus to Vernante

    p60 Trinità - Locanda del Sorriso www.locandadelsorriso.com

    p65 Rifugio Genova www.rifugiogenova.it

    p69 Rifugio Morelli-Buzzi has changed management - and is still hospitable

    p71 The beech wood was damaged by avalanches in the winter of 2008-09 due to unusually heavy snowfalls.
    On Piano del Valasco - Rifugio Valasco www.rifugiovalasco.it tel cell 348 3230266

    p78 Sant'Anna di Vinadio www.santuariosantanna.it Renovations mean a good choice of accommodation is now available.

    p110 Villanova Posta Tappa has been revamped and is brighter

    p120 Rifugio Arlaud www.rifugioarlaud.it stays open until 23/9

    p130 Stage 25: Albergo La Furnasa at Villaretto (Usseglio) has been recommended (Via 24 maggio 16, tel 0123 83854)

    p166 Rifugio Rosazza www.rifugiorosazza.altervista.org tel cell 339 4602133

    Readers' comments:

    From Kath Irving & Bill Dale (2008)
    Stage 17 to Rif. Barbara Lowrie. We found this a hard day. The descent from Colle della Gianna (p. 106) was through a recent vast cascade of white rocks and boulders. The red/white marks are there and a path is becoming re-established but it was very slow going.
    Stage 19 to Ghigo. There are some changes to the route here. After the GTA turns off at the bend in the track at the beginning, it goes up through the wood but only for a short distance. It emerges on to an enormous new bulldozed track, with no signs at all. We turned right, which was the right decision, and followed the track to some derelict houses where it stopped and we picked up a mark. The marks sent us uphill to the left on a narrow path through grass with the odd faded mark, to a grassy ridge and an old hut and then on to the established 4WD track. This wound uphill to a new T junction - with not a sign in sight anywhere! We turned left and continued to twist our way up to Collette Faure. A marked path lead down from here but very soon it joined a new bulldozed track. This could only be the one that went right at the T junction. So had we turned right there, we would have wound round to the same point but missing out Collette Faure. This new track really is a scar on the landscape, although hopefully it will soften in time. There are no marks and it continues right up to the deserted village Bergerie Giulian, where it stops and the marks start again to lead you uphill through a farm area and on towards the col.

    From Peter Forrest (Nov 2009)
    It is just possible to get to Viozene and then Rifugio Mongioie in a day's travel from the UK using the Ryanair flight from Stansted, although it's a convoluted journey (plane/bus/train/bus/taxi/walk).
    The train-line from Turin airport to Turin centre is currently closed due to major infrastructure works. However, the better option anyway is to take the bus from the stand opposite the taxi rank. This cheap and frequent service runs direct to Porta Nuova station.
    The single-track railway from Ceva to Ormea does not run for much of the summer: only during school term-time and on special days. There is, however, a replacement bus service.
    This arrives at Ormea too late to catch the last bus to Viozene. It is c.30 euros by taxi to Viozene (tel no as per the guide). From Viozene it is but a short walk to Rifugio Mongioie, arriving c.12hrs after check-in at Stansted.
    p47 The pretty Himalayan-style bridge shown on p43 of the GTA Guide was brought down by an avalanche 2 winters ago and crossing involves an interesting scramble across the rocks and stream, the latter probably being tricky early in the season. A mountain ranger advised that the bridge's rebuilding is uncertain.

    Many thanks also to Martin & Sue Banfield - as well as the above readers naturally - for taking the time to let me know of changes. (Apologies if I've forgotten anyone!)

    July 2008

    Limone
    p53+199 tel no for Limone Tourist Office changed to 0171 925280

    San Giacomo
    p62 The Foresteria at San Giacomo is now operating with evening meals provided by the restaurant though the camping ground remains valid as well

    Piano di Valasco
    p71 On Piano di Valasco the casa di caccia hunting pavilion has been transformed into Rifugio Valasco open 15/6-15/9 rooms with private bath + dorms tel C/O Rif. Questa 0171 97338

    October 2007

    p57 Palanfré: Albergo del Parco tel. mobile 334 3052503

    p62 San Giacomo: while the Foresteria is closed, walkers get a warm welcome from Luca at the camping ground tel. mobile 349 7305438. A large tent and home cooking is provided. Baita Monte Gelas doesn't do dinners for the time being.
    A summer shuttle bus goes to Entracque.

    p66 exit route to Lago della Rovina - a summer shuttle bus provides a link with Entracque.

    p72 Rif Questa now has an inside toilet!

    p76 from Rif Malinvern the path begins a short way down the track from the hut.

    p84 Sambuco: the Posta Tappa is no longer at hotel/restaurant Osteria della Pace but now C/O Racletterie La Meridiana (via Umberto 35) tel. 0171 96650, sleeps 15.

    p84 Pontebernardo has an interesting museum of pastoral life in a building next to the church.

  • Reviews

    The route is magnificent and should be high up on the list of things to do for the serious trekker. The practical text is intermingled with intriguing info (tinted), that is a dream to use and enjoy. Very good value.

    The Aitchison-Jones Walker's Handbook 2007

    The location cannot fail to impress. A mere 50 kilometres inland from the beaches of the Mediterranean coast where the air is heavy with the scent of sun cream, the light grey barrier of the Maritime Alps soars thousands of metres above sea level, their airy peaks festooned with wisps of mist. At the feet of the mountains lie sparkling alpine lakes amidst meadows of wildflowers. And the breathtaking valleys are home to hundreds of wild animals.

    Italy Magazine, August 2009
     

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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.

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