3 days of hiking from village to village, tour in Val Maira, Valle Po and Val Varaita

Discover the most characteristic mountain remote villages of the Cuneo Valleys, walking among wonderful paths and gorgeous views

On this trip we will hike among the picturesque Occitan villages of of the Cuneo area enjoying amazing scenery, where the mountain deer roam, where the lakes are blue and the mountains have the authentic flavor of this remote corner of Piedmont.

The tour consists of 3 days of easy (T) and Intermediate (E) hiking excursions, departing each day from a new point in the mountains around Cuneo. We will start in the Valle Po, then move to the Val Varaita, and the third day we will go to Val Maira.

Our minibus will assist us to take us to the paths from the refuge, switching valleys every day, and to take us from Torino to the Val Maira, and finally to bring us back at the end of the holiday.

The price includes the overnight stays, and all lunches and dinners.

Please note: the route can be modified according to weather and safety conditions. So there might be last minute variations.

From mountain village to mountain village

difficulty level:Easy

Relatively short itineraries on paths and dirt roads, with some climbs to be faced without hurry and at the right pace! Ideal for new hikers and for those who want to take up easy hiking again.

Day 1  Ostana (Po valley) - positive altitude gain: 610m

The village of Ostana is located in one of the sunniest and most interesting areas of the Valle Po: we will walk on the paths which for centuries have been linking the magnificent local mountain townships of Occitan origin, passing by the the villages of San Antonio and Bernardi, then enter in the scenic valley of Crissolo.

Included in the tour: Packed lunch, dinner and overnight stay in hotel/bed and breakfast.

Start of the tour:  Ostana - arrival:  Ostana

 

Day 2 Bagnour refuge and Pontechianale (Val Varaita) Positive altitude gain: 580 m

The route runs through a pleasant path leading to the Bagnour refuge, a small and cozy mountain cabin nestled in the mountains of the Alta Valle Varaita. After a great lunch we will descend towards the Castello Lake, walking along the shore to reach the picturesque village of Pontechianale.

Included in the tour: Lunch at Bagnour refuge, dinner and overnight stay in hotel/bed and breakfast.

Start of the tour: Casteldelfino - Arrival of the tour: Pontechianale

 

Day 3  Macra and Stroppo (Valle Maira) - Positive altitude gain: 650m

A path between beautiful and less-known ridges and valleys: walking on the "Sentiero dei camosci" from Macra to the quaint little Vallone di Stroppo, among the most scenic routes of the mid Val Maira, looking for the mountain small deer that give it its name.

Included in the tour: packed lunch

Start of the tour: Macra - Arrival of the tour: Stroppo

Marco B
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"

These 3 days of hiking from village to village, tour in Val Maira, Valle Po and Val Varaita include:

  • 3 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transport from Torino or Savigliano to Ostana (the start of the tour) and back to Savigliano or Torino from Stroppo (Valle Maira) on our minibus.
  • all transfers to the start of the trails 
  • 2 nights in hotel or Bed and Breakfast, in a double room with breakfast (Single room supplement: 50 Euro total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners

This tour consists of 3 days of hiking, based in Ostana (Valle Po). 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

- Savigliano (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

- 6.30 am departure from the Giroola headquarters, Villareggia (TO)

- 7.30 am stop at Turin Porta Susa railway station

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

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

- 10:20 am departure of the excursion from Ostana (CN)

 

The tour ends on the third day, at approximately 16:00, on arrival of the hike to Strop (CN). Then we will hop onto the minibus to get back home.

Our 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 3 days of itineraries of levels variable between Easy (relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with mild slopes, lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive difference in altitude of 450-550 maximum meters) and Intermediate (routes on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes, lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gains of maximum 900-1000 meters).

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.
  • CLOTHING We recommend to dress in layers, using breathable garments, but without forgetting a fleece and a windproof and rainproof jacket. Regarding the trousers it is better to opt for a pair that would be not too heavy, able to dry quickly and especially with elastic parts to facilitate movement and be comfortable.
  • FOOTWEAR: Boots are good, better if not too heavy given the season, also low shoes as long as they are hiking shoes, suitable for walking on trails and dirt paths.
  • BACKPACK: Since we will start from a base each day, it is sufficient to have a backpack of 20-30 liters for day trips, with a cover in case of rain (you never know!). 
  • TREKKING STICKS: ideal both uphill and downhill to reduce the effort of leg muscles and to reduce the load on the joints. 
  • DO NOT FORGET: A pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle of at least half a liter as well as a cap and a band to protect the forehead and ears from the wind are essential.

If you need more information or if in doubt please write to us: our hiking guide Marco B. will be happy to give you all the necessary information

For further information you can read the article by Marco B. on our blog: Which clothing to choose for a hike? 4 recommendations

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What's included

Meals

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches 
  • 2 dinners

Transport

  • transport from Torino or Savigliano to Ostana (the start of the tour) and back to Savigliano or Torino from Stroppo (Valle Maira) on our minibus.
  • all transfers to the start of the trails 

Accommodation

  • 2 nights in hotel or Bed and Breakfast, in a double room with breakfast (Single room supplement: 50 Euro total)

Activities

  • 3 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide

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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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