The giant of the Cottian Alps
Crissolo (1398m, regular bus connections)
Colle delle Traversette (2950m)
Total travelling time:
Overall height gain/loss:
+ 2788m - 2788m
Crissolo – Pian Melze – Rif. Pian del Re – Colle del Viso – Rif. Quintino Sella
Most of our fellow climbers/trekkers reach the Pian del Re hut (2020m) by car and use that as their trailhead, while our starting point is Crissolo (1398m), because this location is accessible by public transport. The first uphill slope takes approximately 3 hours, it follows the long GTA path in the Pian Melze (1714m) and takes you to Pian del Re hut (2020m). After lunch, leave the hut and walk towards the idyllic Lake Fiorenza (2113m), where you find a carved rock indicating the River Po spring. The landscape around Lake Chiaretto (2261m), with a view on the towering northeast crag of Monte Viso, is an experience you must not miss. The path then crosses a beautiful valley and leads you to Colle del Viso (2650m). Follow it until you see the Quintino Sella hut (2640m). If you get to the hut early enough and still feel up for more, you could climb over Viso Mozzo (3019m). From this point, the view of Monte Viso is dramatic (the climb takes about 1½ h).
Rif. Pian del Re (2020m): Tel. +39-0175-94967 or +39-349-3932559, open from June to September, private.
Rif. Quintino Sella (2640m): Tel. +39-0175-94943, open from the end of June to the end of Septmeber, CAI.