2 Days of hiking in the Upper Maira Valley

A journey into the scenery and culture of the Occitan region, including high mountain lakes, wide valleys and splendid plateaus

Val Maira is a destination of great charm, it is the mountain in its pure and uncontaminated state, with routes suitable for hikers of all physical and technical levels.

In this 2-day trip we want to take you on the paths once used to reach pastures at high altitude or to cross the nearby valleys, in a small group of up to 8 travelers.  We will walk among high mountain lakes, wide valleys and splendid plateaus, up to the foot of some of the most majestic and evocative mountains in the whole Val Maira.

It is a journey of intermediate level, without extreme altitude gains (550m on the first day, 830 the second) and almost all on mule tracks and dirt roads, easier than the trail paths, but always at altitudes between 2000 and 2400 meters. It is therefore necessary be a bit used to walking above 1800 meters.

These two days in Val Maira will be an incredible discovery, we are waiting for you!

2 days walk val maira

difficulty level:Intermediate

Itineraries on varied paths, sometimes quite steep. To get the most out of these hikes you should be quite to walking with your backpack.

 

Day 1 Lake Meja

During the first day we will travel along the magnificent Gardetta plateau, one of the most enchanting areas of the whole Val Maira both because of the beauty of the landscapes and for the importance in the naturalistic and historical context. Our destination will be the characteristic Lago della Meja (2480m), which takes its name from the Rocca della Meja peak: a majestic and splendid Dolomite mountain rising from the plateau.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Acceglio.

Start of the tour: Col del Preit (2080m)

Arrival: Col del Preit (2080m)

Elevation gain: 550m 

 

Day 2 Lake Sagna del Colle

The second day we will leave from the characteristic village of Chiappera, we will start skirting the Maira torrent, hike along the base of the imposing Rocca Provenzale and admire the magnificent Stroppo waterfalls. We will then enter the panoramic Maurin valley, gently ascending along a mountain mule track to reach the Sagna del Colle lake at an altitude of 2,440 meters! 

Return to Fossano / Turin by minibus

Itinerary departure : Chiappera village (1614m)

Itinerary arrival : Chiappera village (1614m)

Elevation gain: 830m 

 

Marco B.

A great sports and mountain lover, during the summer you will find him along the trails hiking and mountain biking, and in the winter again there with skis or a snowboard on his feet. Always looking for new routes, he loves good food and good company. When he is not in the mountains you'll find him at the sea side surfing or rehearsing a play with his actor friends.

Never without: a good cup of coffee

Favorite quote: "Sports is the toy department of life"

This 2 Days of hiking in the Upper Maira Valley tour includes:

  • 2 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfer from Turin or Fossano to Acceglio and back to our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths
  • 1 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms breakfast included( Single room surcharge: 25 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 2 packed lunches on the trails
  • 1 dinner

This tour consists of 2 days of hiking, based in the Londra Hotel in Acceglio (CN). We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you.

If you prefer, we have two other meeting points planned, that we will drive by in our 9 seats Minibus with air conditioning and free wi-fi on the road to Valle Maira:

- Porta Susa railway station in Torino

- Fossano (CN) railway station

In any case, once the group is established, we will start the day as usual with a welcome breakfast, to get to know each other before leaving for our adventure.

 

Here are the timetables:

First day

- 7.30 am stop at Turin Porta Susa railway station

- 8:45 am stop at Fossano train station (CN)

- 10:00 am arrival at Acceglio (CN) and stop for breakfast

- 10:30 am departure of the excursion from Acceglio (CN)

 

The tour will end at approximately 16:00

We will then continue home via Minibus.

This tour is perfect for solo travellers:

  • we take care of everything
  • you are independent and can choose whether and when to share meals and your free time with the group
  • you get to know people from all around the world in a small group

We'll start with a coffee (yes, real espresso!) or a juice and pastry, get to know the group, and by the time we jump on board and start exploring you'll be among friends.

So, solo travellers are very welcome on our tours, and if you are ok with sharing a double/triple room with other members of the group we'll send you an email after the booking and you will tell us your preferences (e.g. girl ok to share a bedroom with other girls only, etc).

If however you prefer us to book a single room for you, it is available during the reservation process for an additional fee..

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no possibility to match your preferences (or your roommates happen to snore too much!), your single room will be on us, no additional charge will be required.

This tour consists of 2 days of intermediate level itineraries (itineraries on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes, lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive vertical drop of maximum 900-1000 meters).

In fact, on this journey the positive gradient is lower (550m on the first day and 830m on the second day) and above all it deals with routes almost always on mule tracks and dirt roads, where the progression is much easier than on mountain paths. However, it is important to take into consideration that we will be walking between 1800 and 2000 meters, so some familiarity with walking on high mountains is necessary.  

This is the reason for the intermediate difficulty level: these are excursions that always require a minimum of familiarity with mountain walking. 

So, it does not pose particular difficulties, but to enjoy the holiday and be at ease it is good to self-evaluate objectively your own conditions and abilities.

 

Classification of difficulty levels for trekking and hiking itineraries:

  • Easy (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-550 meters.
  • Intermediate (excursion): itineraries on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes; lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive difference in height of maximum 900-1000 meters.
  • Challenging (Expert Hiking): itineraries that present some technical difficulties, such as rocky ground, slight snowy slopes, exposed sections and in some cases single rocky sections of easy climbing (I and II degree) that require the use of hands; a good rhythm is required and physical preparation must be adequate for a day of continuous walking in the mountains; lasting 8-9 hours of walking and with a positive difference in altitude from 1000 meters upwards.

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).

 

Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:

3) RESERVATIONS

Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl,  even via e-mail or fax, to the client.

Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.

4) PAYMENT

Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.

5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT

The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:

a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;

b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;

c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.

Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.

As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.

6) WITHDRAWAL

In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:

  • 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
  • 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
  • 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
  • 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
  • 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.

7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY

The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:

  • a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
  • after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.

In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:

  • the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
  • the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.

The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.

8) TOUR VARIATIONS

Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.

As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).

There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:

  • TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally. 
  • ACCIDENT - with a minimum cost you can be insured against accidents. Our civil liability notwithstanding, something can always happen and even a small accident, as in everyday life, can cost dear in terms of rehabilitation, absence from work, etc.  

We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.

For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.

What's included

Meals

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 packed lunches on the trails
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 “merenda sinoira”, cross between dinner and a snack

Transport

  • transfer from Turin or Fossano to Acceglio (CN) and back by our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths

Accommodation

  • 1 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms breakfast included( Single room surcharge: 25 euros total)

Activities

  • 2 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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