The Bessanese tour is a round trip trail in a severe high mountain (2200 – 3200 m) environment with an approximate length of 32 kms in 3-4days. The tour, which covers the wild valleys of all very different aspects, and which crosses the hills that top 3000m height, can be started from Balme to Rifugio Gastaldi.

Overnight stays are in huts (Rifugi) which are guarded in the summer period while in winter they provide free access to unguarded dorm rooms.

Expert hikers can trek in the upper mountains in the glorious scenery on the Southern Alpi Graie, along the ancient tracks where shepherds, smugglers and guides between Italy and France would exchange and barter.

The trail develops almost entirely on a signalled path or track. It is not particularly difficult, but due to the severe environment and to the possibility of a hike performed in suboptimal weather conditions (fog, snow) it classifies as EE (Experienced Excursionists).

The trail requires therefore a suitable equipment and good training and experience.

day 1:

Balme 1850m. – Rif Gastaldi 2659m.

day 2:
  1. Gastaldi 2659m. – Lago della Rossa 2690m.- Colle Altare 2962m.- R. Cibrario 2616m.

Positive vertical drop : 550 m.

Negative verticaldrop:  600 m.

Total walking time :  4 / 5 ore


day 3:

Rifugio Cibrario 2616m – Colle Sulè 3073m. – Colle Autaret 3072m – Vallone della Lombarda – Rifugio Avérole 2210m.

Positive vertical drop : 900 m.

Negative verticaldrop:  1300 m.

Total walking time :   7/8 ore


day 4:

Refuge Avérole 2210m. – Collerin Pass 3200m – Pian Gias Glacier  3000m. – Balme 1850m..

Positive vertical drop : 1100 m.

Negative verticaldrop:  650 m.

Total walking time :    7/8 ore