15/07/2022 - 15/09/2022


An exciting trek in the heart of the Marguerais Natural Park, to discover all the secrets of one of the most important karst areas in the Alps. Along age-old salt roads, military roads and shepherds'
, we will move around on the alpine watershed between Italy and France, sometimes on the side facing Piemonte, other times on the slope that looks towards the sea, not to mention the climb up to Marguareis Peak, the highest peak in the Ligurian Alps.

Vertical limestone and dolomite walls, expanses of pastureland, alpine meadows and karst areas reminiscent of a lunar landscape will form
the backdrop to the walks in this unforgettable adventure.

The trails, at altitudes between 800 and 2,600 m, do not present any technical difficulties and are suitable for all hikers who are sufficiently fit to walk in the mountains.


Day 1

Arrival and check-in at a *** hotel in Chiusa Pesio.
Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2

Stage: from Col de Tende pass to Rifugio Don Barbera
Itinerary description: after transfer by minibus from Pian delle Gorre to Col de Tende (1,871 m), we come to a spectacular ridge crossing, full of ups and downs, straddling the alpine watershed between Italy and France. We first come across the 19th century fortifications of Col de Tende and the more recent Second World War fortifications; we continue along old military mule tracks through lunar landscapes of snow-white rocks.
Dinner and accommodation at the Rifugio Don Barbera mountain hut (2,079 m).
Elevation gain/loss: +823 / -615 m
Time: 4h50 - 5h30 hours
Distance: 15 km
Difficulty: E •

Day 3

Breakfast at the mountain hut.
Stage: to the Rifugio Don Barbera at Punta Marguareis and Carnino Inferiore
Itinerary description: In the morning, taking light backpacks, we climb up to the roof of the Ligurian Alps, Punta Marguareis (2,651 m). At a time before the afternoon clouds have formed, the panorama extends from the plain to the Maritime Alps and all the way to the Ligurian Sea. After collecting our things from the mountain hut and after lunch, we have a long but leisurely descent to Carnino Inferiore (1,359 m), a tiny hamlet with stone houses.
Dinner and accommodation at the guesthouse in the Park.
Elevation gain/loss: +637 / -1,361 m
Time: 4h35 - 5h10
Distance: 11.6 km
Difficulty: E •

Day 4

Breakfast at the mountain hut.
Stage: from Carnino Inferiore to the Rifugio Mondovì mountain hut
Itinerary description: Relaxing stop amidst gorges, limestone walls and pastureland as far as the eye can see. After crossing the Passo delle Saline (2,177 m), we will be rewarded with splendid views of the Cima delle Saline, which seems like a piece of the Dolomites in the Ellero Valley.
Dinner and accommodation at the Rifugio Mondovì mountain hut (1,755 m).
Elevation gain/loss: Approx. +860 / -458 m
Time: 3h30 - 3h55
Distance: 8.1 km
Difficulty: E •

Day 5

Breakfast at the mountain hut.
Stage: from Rifugio Mondovì to Pian delle Gorre via Rifugio Garelli
Itinerary description: Without following the most logical route, we first reach Lake Rataira (2,204 m) and its mysterious menhir, then, through the Porta Sestrera pass (2,228 m), we arrive at the Rifugio Garelli mountain hut (1,966 m). A last long descent through fir woods and spectacular waterfalls will bring us back to Pian delle Gorre (1,032 m).
Transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and accommodation in a *** hotel in Chiusa Pesio.
Elevation gain/loss: approx. +566 / -1,289 m
Time: 4h15 - 4h50
Distance: 11.9 km
Difficulty: E •

Rates / Supplements

Price per person from:

€ 449,00 (groups of 6 pax)

The price includes:

Luggage transfer where required - drinks with meals

The price does not include:

All services not specified in "The price includes" section


Park guide/services of a nature guide - GPX tracks


Holiday formula:


Guided tour:

No, on request (with supplement)

Equipment required:

Hooded rain jacket
Light sleeping bag
Mountain backpack 10kg
Outdoor clothing
Sleeping bag
Trekking poles
Trekking shoes
Water bottle
Windproof jacket