Tour du Mont Viso

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Mont Viso is the highest peak in the Cottian Alps and arguably one of the most striking looking mountains in the whole of Europe. Its impressive pyramid-like shape dominates the surrounding landscape and because of it relatively remote location, is not subject to the same levels of tourism that can be found elsewhere in the Alps. The trekking around Viso provides excellent panoramic views, a superb variety of fauna and flora and delicious Italian food.


  • Circuit of the highest mountain in Cottian Alps
  • Challenging trails through France and Italy
  • Varied flora and fauna Delicious Italian mountain cuisine

Key information

  • 5 days point-to-point walking and 1 loop walk
  • Group normally 5 to 15, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights in gites and mountain huts

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations



8 to 9 hours walking per day


Although paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot. At times the terrain can be rocky with loose scree and some scrambling will be necessary.

Day by day breakdown
Day 29.0km/5.0miles
Day 37.0km/4.0miles
Day 49.0km/5.0miles
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.0miles
Day 712.0km/7.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Turin; transfer to Pian Melze.

    Start Pian Melze. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome briefing to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions.
    Visolotto or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Pian Melze loop walk to Colle della Gianna (2560m).

    For our first walk we will follow a loop from Pian Melze to Colle della Gianna (2560m). This route will give us the opportunity to acclimatise to the altitude and the terrain. We will also be able to enjoy our first great views of the north face of Mont Viso. This mountain, at 3841m, is the highest peak in the Cottian Alps and is a stunning isolated pyramid surrounded by some beautiful scenery.

    Ascent: 725 m Descent: 725 m Distance: 9 km
    Visolotto or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Trek along the Vie del Sale to Pian del Re.

    Today will leave our main luggage behind in Pian Melze and for the next 5 days we will be carrying everything that we need in our daysacks. We start our walk in the morning from Pian Melze directly to Pian del Re along the Grande Traversée des Alpes track (also known as the Vie del Sale). From here we will take a mule track into a steep gulley. The end of the walk involves a little bit of scrambling over a series of step stones but we will then be rewarded by the terrific scenery from the Giacoletti Hut, our accommodation for the night. A number of high peaks are visible from here such as the Punta Venezia (3095m).

    Ascent: 1080 m Descent:100 m Distance: 7 km
    Rifugio Giacoletti or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Descent to Lake Chiaretto; climb to Viso Mozzo (3019m).

    This morning we will walk down to Lake Chiaretto (2261m) on the northeast side of Mont Viso and then climb to Viso Mozzo (3019m). From the top we will enjoy fantastic 360° views of the surrounding area with the northeast face of Mont Viso, its east ridge and the Coolidge couloir all visible.

    Ascent: 500 m Descent: 885 m Distance: 9 km
    Rifugio Quintino Sella or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Climb to Col Gallarino and San Chiaffredo Pass; down to the Vallenta Valley.

    We begin by following a track that leads to the ‘Grande di Visi’ lake and then after a good climb we will reach the top of Col Gallarino (2727m) and then the San Chiaffredo pass (2760m). After taking in the stunning views we walk down to the Vallenta valley, passing the Lungo and Bertin lakes. Unusually for walk in this area, Mont Viso will actually be hidden from view. Instead we will have the majestic peaks of mountains such as Barracco, Piemonte, Michelis and Trento to enjoy. In the Vallenta valley the terrain will change to grass and pasture land and then to a beautiful Larch tree forest. The final part of today’s walk will involve an ascent before we reach our accommodation for the evening.

    Ascent: 850m Descent: 1025 Distance: 10 km
    Rifugio Vallanta or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Walk to Col Valente (2811m); descent to the Viso hut.

    This morning we climb to the Col Valente (2811m) on the French border and enjoy more great views of Mont Viso and the surrounding area. On the French side we have a nice and easy decent down to the Viso hut. An alternative route to the hut is via Lausetta peak (3054m) and pass. This walk involves an additional 300m ascent and is more technical so this is dependant on conditions and the preference of the group.

    Ascent: 600 m Descent: 400 m Distance: 9 km
    Refuge Du Viso or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Trek to Col de la Traversette (2950m) and down to Pian Melze.

    Today we have a nice walk to the Col de la Traversette (2950m) with some fantastic views of the Queyras National Park and Mont Viso. From here we descend to Pian Melze following the Vie del Sale. Back at our accommodation we will be reunited with our luggage and in the evening we will enjoy our final meal in Pian Melze.

    Ascent: 550 m Descent: 1230 m Distance: 12 km
    Visolotto or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.


No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included.

Breakfast ‐ typically continental with cereal, fruit and yoghurt available.

Lunch ‐ picnics and sandwiches will be available to buy locally.

Dinner ‐ local mountain dishes including meat stew, minestrone and pasta along with cheese and soup. Deserts include tarts and panacotta. Vegetarian food available but limited options (please inform Exodus if you have special dietary requirements).


The local area benefits from a relatively constant sunny weather compared to other parts of the Alps. During the summer months temperatures range from 18-28 degrees centigrade dropping to 10-15 degrees at night. High passes and summits can be exposed to wind, making temperatures feel lower and as with all mountainous areas you should be prepared for rain and occasional storms, although these are less prevalent during the summer months.


Is this trip for you?

Grade: Activity level 5 - Challenging This trip involves 5 full days of point-to-point walking as well as a loop walk at the start of the trip to help you acclimatise. The walks are generally quite long and involve ascents of 500-1000m (average approximately 700m) and similar descents. Although the paths are well maintained, there are sections that are rough underfoot. At times the terrain can be rocky with loose scree and some scrambling will be necessary. What makes walking these routes so fantastic is that the views are fairly open and the terrain varies between forests, lakes and mountains. From days 3-7 you will not have access to your main luggage and will have to carry your essentials in a backpack. As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average, therefore allowing the group to finish the day at a reasonable time. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease.


Gites or mountain huts

We will be sleeping in dorm rooms of varying capacity (maximum 16 beds but likely to be smaller) throughout the trip. On 4 nights we use mountain refuges with each offering breath-taking views of the area as well as delicious and hearty mountain cuisine.
At the start and end of the trip we will typically stay at the Albergo Visolotto which is located in the town of Crissolo. The dorm rooms will be smaller here and the albergo also has a bar and Wi-Fi.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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