Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 stages.

A beautiful high mountain hike.

Hike over a 5 day period.
An exquisite high mountain trek.

Technical sheet
A Ristolas walk posted on 21/01/13 by randogym. Update : 20/12/17
Author's time Author's time : 5 days
Distance Distance : 59.78km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 4351m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 4342m
Highest point Highest point : 2945m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1698m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Queyras, Dauphiné
Location Location : Ristolas (05460)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.757423° / E 6.992635°

Step by step walk

CThis walk needs several days, please find the details below.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 1

This first stage is a warm-up for the rest. It's a medium mountain trek starting through larch trees before reaching alpine pastures surrounding the pass. A beautiful view over Pellice valley during the hike down.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 2

The second stage of our trek around Monte Viso starts with a hike through green foliage at the bottom of the valley. Then a passage through beautiful alpine pastures near a delightful little lake. Stunning view point at Col Sellière.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 3

High mountain stage.
Progress within a mineral setting.
A hike up to the highest pass of the trek.
Stunning view over the Pô water sources from "Sentier du Postier."

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 4

This stage gives you a frontline view over Monte Viso on one side and Pô prairie (plaine du Pô) on the other. Then a climb through Vallanta's small green valley.

Trek around Monte Viso in 5 days, stage 5

Beautiful stage, green at first, covered by neve at the pass then very floral in Guil Valley.

Useful Information

Bring good shoes and warm clothes as you'll be heading up over 2900 M altitude. At this altitude, snow showers in August are commonplace. Don't pack your back pack with heavy or unnecessary gear. You'll be carrying it for 5 days.
Neves last until mid-July in the northern parts of the trek. If you're hiking earlier in the season, cleats and an ice axe are advised.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3637OTR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The black pearl of Monte Viso.
During your trek around Monte Viso, you might come across a black salamander. It's the Lanza's alpine salamander. It's an endemic species of Viso massif found nowhere else but here.
The current population is decreasing and in danger of becoming extinct.
Don't tread on it, don't pick it up. If you come across one in the middle of a trail move it slightly so it doesn't get walked on.

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Starting point Starting point in Ristolas - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

This first stage is a warm-up for the rest. It's a medium mountain trek starting through larch trees before reaching alpine pastures surrounding the pass. A beautiful view over Pellice valley during the hike down.

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Starting point Starting point in Ristolas - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

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Starting point Starting point in Bobbio Pellice - Province de Torino

The second stage of our trek around Monte Viso starts with a hike through green foliage at the bottom of the valley. Then a passage through beautiful alpine pastures near a delightful little lake. Stunning view point at Col Sellière.

distance 16.02km Vertical gain +1713m Vertical drop -1455m duration 8h40 Very difficult Very difficult
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Quite a long high mountain stage today, set in a mineral landscape passing through "les sources du Pô" and near beautiful mountain lakes. Exploring the north-east side of Monte Viso (3841m) will be the highlight.

distance 9.47km Vertical gain +953m Vertical drop -732m duration 5h00 Difficult Difficult
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