This walk is part of the trek Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days.
Beautiful stage, green at first, covered by neve at the pass then very floral in Guil Valley.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Leave Refuge Vallanta heading north and climb up a steep trail to Col de Valante.
(1) At the pass, start heading north-west and cross the neve reaching scree. Next, head down the steep scree towards little Lac Lestio (2).
From there, follow the trail along the torrent (3).
Then, take the trail (4) heading towards Guil Valley and reaching Echalp. The loop is completed (A).
D : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 2.19 - alt. km 2.19 - Col de Valante
2 : km 3.76 - alt. km 3.76 - Lac Lestio
3 : km 4.35 - alt. km 4.35
4 : km 11.81 - alt. km 11.81 - Petit Belvedère du Viso
A : km 15.01 - alt. km 15.01 - Gîte 7° Est
Neve at Col de Valante is present all year round. This part is generally done early morning so will most likely be frozen and slippery.
Be careful if you don't have cleats.
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A stunning view point on the west side of Monte Viso.
Echalp hamlet is worth a quick visit.
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Hike over a 5 day period.
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