Favoris Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days

A Ristolas walk posted on 21/01/13 by randogym. Update : 20/12/17

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 stages.

A beautiful high mountain hike.

Hike over a 5 day period.
An exquisite high mountain trek.

Technical sheet
Author's time Author's time : 5 days
Distance Distance : 59.91km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 4361m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 4357m
Highest point Highest point : 2945m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1698m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Queyras
Location Location : Ristolas (05460)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.757423° / E 6.992635°

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 1

This first stage is a warm-up for the rest. It's a medium mountain trek starting through larch trees before reaching alpine pastures surrounding the pass. A beautiful view over Pellice valley during the hike down.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 2

The second stage of our trek around Monte Viso starts with a hike through green foliage at the bottom of the valley. Then a passage through beautiful alpine pastures near a delightful little lake. Stunning view point at Col Sellière.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 3

High mountain stage.
Progress within a mineral setting.
A hike up to the highest pass of the trek.
Stunning view over the Pô water sources from "Sentier du Postier."

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 4

This stage gives you a frontline view over Monte Viso on one side and Pô prairie (plaine du Pô) on the other. Then a climb through Vallanta's small green valley.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 5

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

Useful Information

Bring good shoes and warm clothes as you'll be heading up over 2900 M altitude. At this altitude, snow showers in August are commonplace. Don't pack your back pack with heavy or unnecessary gear. You'll be carrying it for 5 days.
Neves last until mid-July in the northern parts of the trek. If you're hiking earlier in the season, cleats and an ice axe are advised.

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

The black pearl of Monte Viso.
During your trek around Monte Viso, you might come across a black salamander. It's the Lanza's alpine salamander. It's an endemic species of Viso massif found nowhere else but here.
The current population is decreasing and in danger of becoming extinct.
Don't tread on it, don't pick it up. If you come across one in the middle of a trail move it slightly so it doesn't get walked on.

Other walks in the area

distance 13.66km Vertical gain +1326m Vertical drop -1153m duration 7h05 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ristolas - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

High mountain stage.
Progress within a mineral setting.
A hike up to the highest pass of the trek.
Stunning view over the Pô water sources from "Sentier du Postier."

distance 13.72km Vertical gain +835m Vertical drop -1035m duration 5h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Oncino - Province de Cuneo

This stage gives you a frontline view over Monte Viso on one side and Pô prairie (plaine du Pô) on the other. Then a climb through Vallanta's small green valley.

distance 10.82km Vertical gain +1138m Vertical drop -428m duration 5h50 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bobbio Pellice - Province de Torino

The second stage of our trek around Monte Viso starts with a hike through green foliage at the bottom of the valley. Then a passage through beautiful alpine pastures near a delightful little lake. Stunning view point at Col Sellière.

distance 15.01km Vertical gain +425m Vertical drop -1137m duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Pontechianale - Province de Cuneo

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

distance 6.57km Vertical gain +627m Vertical drop -589m duration 3h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ristolas - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

This first stage is a warm-up for the rest. It's a medium mountain trek starting through larch trees before reaching alpine pastures surrounding the pass. A beautiful view over Pellice valley during the hike down.

distance 16.02km Vertical gain +1713m Vertical drop -1455m duration 8h40 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bobbio Pellice - Province de Torino

Quite a long high mountain stage today, set in a mineral landscape passing through "les sources du Pô" and near beautiful mountain lakes. Exploring the north-east side of Monte Viso (3841m) will be the highlight.

distance 8.56km Vertical gain +1226m Vertical drop -504m duration 5h20 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Abriès - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

First stage of Circuit Franco-Italian border "Queyras in Val Pellice" punctuated by passages through three interesting passes: Malaure, Bouchet and Vampréveyre.

distance 54.75km Vertical gain +4222m Vertical drop -4219m duration 4 days Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Ristolas - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

A 4 day trek on a high mountain route. The trek around Monte Viso (one of the highest summits in the Italian alps) is a sight for sore eyes. Crossing through some of the most authentic and wild high valleys of the Alps is delightful. This trek is almost identical to another trek by another hikiideas hiker which is done over 5 days. A big thank you to him and his description which inspired me.

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