6 Days of Hiking in Val Maira, Valle Po and Val Varaita, among villages and Woods

A whole week, 6 days of hiking in a pristine place, to get away from the heat of the city and discover Nature again

This trip is a real mountain experience, and provides an opportunity to explore the valleys around Cuneo, taking a different route each day.

We will hike by the charming mountain villages of these valleys, in a remote and pristine corner of Piemonte, among mountain deer and blue lakes. We will then climb to the upper Val Maira, where nature is even more surprising, and the heat of the city will be only a distant memory.

The tour consists of 6 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. For the last 3 days we will move to the area of Viviere, further to the west, looking for wild scenery.

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.

Tuttomaira

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  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

 

Day 4 Pian della Gardetta - positive altitude gain: 730m (928m with the variant to Bric Cassin).

On the fourth day from the Viviere refuge we will climb along the panoramic Vallone di Unerzio valley up until the Gardetta plain to enjoy the panorama of the imposing Rocca Meya peak, in one of the areas in Val Maira most rich in history and wonderful views on the surrounding mountains. From here, there will be a possibility to extend the itinerary and hike up to the even more panoramic Bric Cassin.

 

Day 5 Frassati refuge - positive gain: 910 meters.

On the fifth day, the route crosses the tidy trail named after religious figure Pier Giorgio Frassati, passing above the picturesque Visaisa lake, reaching the valley of the Apsoi Lake, and continuing towards the Cavalla pass, crossing some of the most beautiful scenery in Valle Maira. 

 

Day 6 Castello Provenzale group ring - positive altitude gain: 690 mt

On the sixth day we set off from the quaint village of Chiappera, ascend to the Val Maurin before arriving at the base of the magnificent Rocca Castello Provenzale.  From here we will descend towards Grange Rivero overlooking the head of Val Maira.

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"

  • 6 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfer from Turin Val Maira and return at the end of the holiday
  • transport to the starting points of the trails and switching valleys when necessary
  • 5 nights in refuges / Bed and Breakfast / Hotel in a double room (some refuges only have dorm rooms), with breakfast
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 6 packed lunches on the trails
  • 5 dinners

This tour consists of 6 days of hiking, based in Ostana (Valle Po). We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you. (We will still need our Minibus to carry the luggage and to switch to different Valleys for our day trips).

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 will end at approximately 16:00, when we are scheduled to arrive to Chiappera (CN). From here we will then continue home via Minibus.

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.

During this tour, luggage will be waiting for us at the hotel or refuge, and when switching valleys between the two halves of the trip it will be moved comfortably by minibus. Every day we will leave for the hike with only the necessary set of equipment. So, you can bring your normal suitcase or trolley, if you like.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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
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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.
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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;
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8) TOUR VARIATIONS

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What's included

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 5 dinners

Transport

  • transfer from Turin to Valle Maira and back by our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths

Accommodation

  • 5 nights in a refuge, hotel or bed and breakfast in a double room (where possible, except in refuges) breakfast included

Activities

  • 6 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide

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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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