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Information, costs, route description

On the King's paths - details

Corno Stella and Lourousa gully. Photo G. Bernardi.


Day I

We meet at Terme di Valdieri (1368 m) at 8.30 am (you can stay at the GTA overnight hostel at Terme di Valdieri the night before).

Excursion to Valasco plain, from here we take spectacular circular path touching on the alpine lakes, Portette, Claus, and Valscura. Possibility of lunch at Rifugio Questa (2388 m). Return to Valasco and overnight at Rifugio Valasco (1764 m), historic building that was a royal hunting lodge.
Climb and fall in height: +1100 m / -700 m; 6hrs 30mins; 17 km.

Day II
We climb over the Valasco pass (2429m) to the magnificent Fremamorta lakes (2380m), an exceptional panoramic balcony overlooking the Argentera massif, with the highest peaks in the Maritime Alps. Descent to Terme di Valdieri and overnight at the GTA stopover.
Climb and fall in height: +670 m / -1300 m; 5hrs 45mins; 14 km.

Walk up Lourousa valley, where we can admire Gelas di Lourousa, a perennial glacier; a 900m long gully full of snow and ice. Possibility of lunch at Morelli-Buzzi refuge (2351 m). Descent into the Rovina valley over the Colle del Chiapous pass (2533 m), overlooking the Chiotas basin, an artificial reservoir at 2000 m. Overnight stay at the Genova-Figari refuge (2010 m).
Climb and fall in height: +1200 m / -600 m; 6hrs 30mins; 17 km.

Day IV
The mountain pass, Colle di Fenestrelle (2463m), will lead us into the Barra valley. With a little luck we will get close up views of ibex and chamois. Possibility of lunch at Soria-Ellena refuge (1830 m). Descent to San Giacomo di Entracque (1213 m).
Climb and fall in height: +500 m/-1300 m; 5hrs 30mins; 14 km.

Transfer by shuttle bus to Terme di Valdieri (possibility of a further overnight stay at the GTA stopover at Terme di Valdieri).

Note: The route may vary according to weather and path conditions. The guide's decision is final. You must have hiking boots and suitable clothing for mountain walking. You must bring a sleeping bag or a sheet sleeping bag.

Participation costs
Fixed quota (*): €262.00 per person, including Park Guide for 4 days, 3 days half-board in refuge or hostel, 4 days packed lunches, shuttle bus from San Giacomo di Entracque and Terme di Valdieri.

Supplement for baggage transport (**): €30.00 per person, including transport of 1 piece (max 10kg) to the overnight destination.
Supplement for lunch in refuge: €13.50 per person, this includes three lunches in the refuges with fixed menu.

(*) The fixed quota applies to groups from 6 to 12 people.
(**) This option is available at an increased rate if less than 6 members of the group request it.

Information and Booking
These hikes will be between 15 July and 15 September subject to booking.

For information and booking:
Daniele Orusa, Segnavia Tour Operator
Phone: +39 0175 689629, email:

For information on the hike:
Roberto Pockaj, Guida Parco Alpi Marittime
Phone: +39 338 7185495,,

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