Trekking on the Balcony of the Alps
Tour between Italy and France
7 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
The Sentiero Balcone Trail is an articulated hiking itinerary made up of ancient paths, mule tracks and mountain roads, which allows you to discover the breathtaking landscape of the High Susa Valley, passing
from one mountain village to another, each with its own history and particularities. In this itinerary we have included 2 days across the border, with an overnight stay in the beautiful Clarée Valley, following the path of the famous cross-border trekking itinerary, the GR5.
The routes vary in difficulty with a daily average of about 6 hours of walking, a maximum altitude of 2,800 m and differences in height of between 500 m and 1,280 m uphill. Some trails are challenging with steep, stony terrain. The program can be modified to suit the requirements of the group.
There is a daily transfer of luggage except for the first stages where, for the first and third night, the group will spend the night in the same hotel.
Arrival in Bardonecchia in the early afternoon and meeting with the guides.
Sightseeing on foot to discover the historic centre of Bardonecchia, with its ancient oil mill, the 300-year-old pear tree, Il Tur d'Amun (the ancient castle of the Lords of Bardonecchia), the Chapel of San Rocco, the Parish Church of Sant'Ippolito and, on request, the Ethnographic Museum.
Worth tasting: the hot krapfen made by the historic Ugetti pastry shop
Dinner and overnight stay in Bardonecchia.
Short transfer to Le Gleise where the hike begins, passing by a chapel dating back to 1530 and the hamlet of Horres, with a view of Bardonecchia. Going up, we quickly reach the flat terrain of Decauville, then continue to the turquoise waters of the Lago di Rochemolles. Going around the lake, we then go down towards the characteristic hamlet.
Optional visit to the old mill of the village and the Chiesa Parrocchiale.
Overnight stay in Rochemolles and typical dinner in 'L Fouie.
16,6km - 502m ascent - 438m descent
From the village of Rochemolles, we climb towards Grange del Vallone on a panoramic mule track that leads to the LXX bivouac, at an altitude of 2818 m. The upper area is rich in springs. From the top of the Roccia Verde we will enjoy an excellent view over the whole of Bardonecchia and the Vallone di Rochemolles. Descending, we’ll pass through Pian delle Stelle, and its mountain pasture, and then through the hamlets of Chaffaux and La Moutte.
Overnight stay in Bardonecchia
16.9km - 1,283m ascent - 1,589m descent
From Pian del Colle we follow the trail that passes by the Diga delle 7 Fontane and the pasture of Valle Stretta. Once we reach the Grange della Valle Stretta, we start the climb in the woods towards Lago del Thuras. From the plain at the top there is an extraordinary view over the Valle Stretta and the surrounding mountains. We then descend towards the beautiful Val Clarée and the French village of Nevache.
Dinner and overnight stay in Roubion (taste the local honey and chocolate).
13,6km - 761m ascent - 585m descent
Short transfer to Plampinet, the town of sundials. From here you follow the GR5 stage up to Claviere, through places of extraordinary beauty pervaded by a sense of quiet and serenity. The first stop is the small village of the Chalet des Acles from where you go up the Vallon de l'Opon to the Col de Dormillouse. Passing at the foot of the Chaberton, we descend towards the small Italian town of Claviere.
Overnight stay in Claviere (visit to a beekeeper on request)
15,6km - 1,035m ascent - 766m descent
From Claviere we go up on the opposite side, along the streams, to get to the spectacular Lago dei 7 Colori. From here, we continue to the Lago Nero on the gentle ups and downs of the Monti della Luna, with its lunar landscape. Here there is a mountain pasture that produces the typical toma (cheese) of the Lago Nero. Going down towards Lago Foiron, we will enjoy a beautiful view of the Chaberton. Descent to the characteristic village of Bousson.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sestriere (outdoor pool)
15,8km - 809m ascent - 1,151m descent
From Sestriere we go round the mountain, with a 360° view of the Val Argentera, Monti della Luna and Claviere, before arriving at an old military tunnel. From here we head up towards Roccia Rotonda, on the ridge, and then descend towards the Cappella della Boursailles with its beautiful view over Sauze d'Oulx. From here, many paths lead to the historic town.
Overnight stay and dinner in Sauze d'Oulx with wine tasting
19km - 605m ascent - 1,144m descent
Price per person from:
€ 950,00 (groups of 14 pax)
The price includes:
- 7 nights bed and breakfast in comfortable 2-3 star hotels in a double room
- packed lunch or lunch at the refuge for the 6 days of the tour
- 4 dinners at a nearby hotel or restaurant (the 2 dinners of your own choosing are in Bardonecchia and Claviere)
- 1 dinner with wine tasting
- 2 nature guides for the duration of the tour
- luggage transfer
- transfers where necessary to reach the departure or arrival points as per itinerary
The price does not include:
- tourist tax (to be paid locally)
- drinks during dinners
- 2 dinners (free evenings in places with a good variety of restaurants)
- any entrance tickets to museums or cultural sites
- swimming pools and wellness centres
- any tasting sessions
- the month of August
- anything not specifically indicated under “The price includes”.
Single room: €175
Hooded rain jacket
Micro-fibre technical t-shirt