Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 5

A Pontechianale walk posted on 22/01/13 by randogym. Update : 23/09/16

This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days.

Beautiful stage, green at first, covered by neve at the pass then very floral in Guil Valley.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h20[?]
Distance Distance : 15.01km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 425m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1137m
Highest point Highest point : 2835m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1698m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Queyras
Location Location : Pontechianale
Starting point Starting point : N 44.665958° / E 7.063992°
Arrival Arrival : N 44.757281° / E 6.9928°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3637OTR
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Description

Leave Refuge Vallanta heading north and climb up a steep trail to Col de Valante.

(1) At the pass, start heading north-west and cross the neve reaching scree. Next, head down the steep scree towards little Lac Lestio (2).
From there, follow the trail along the torrent (3).

Then, take the trail (4) heading towards Guil Valley and reaching Echalp. The loop is completed (A).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.19 - alt. km 2.19
2 : km 3.76 - alt. km 3.76
3 : km 4.35 - alt. km 4.35
4 : km 11.81 - alt. km 11.81
A : km 15.01 - alt. km 15.01

Useful Information

Neve at Col de Valante is present all year round. This part is generally done early morning so will most likely be frozen and slippery.
Be careful if you don't have cleats.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3637OTR.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

A stunning view point on the west side of Monte Viso.
Echalp hamlet is worth a quick visit.

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