The Monviso Massif is an area in the Cottian Alps with several peaks ranging between 2900 and the 3841m of altitude of Monviso, well known for its pyramid-like shape that can be seen from some distance. This area offers amazing hiking opportunity as well as a huge amount of climbing from classic trad to sport and alpine. The lower peaks host some classic long sport routes on vertical granite faces, recently revamped. The north faces offer some ice and alpine routes of international fame and popularity. The area is also full of "via normale" routes that can be used as a mean of safe descent but also as hiking routes to reach one of many peaks. Rock climbing season is between August and mid September, where all snow have disappeared from eastern and south facing walls and rock has settle.
The huts of Giacoletti, Vallanta and Quintino Sella are the three main bases when approaching the climbs. They offer cheap basic accomodation alpine style when booked in advance but also offer camping opportunity, meals, toilets and phone. The huts can be reached by walk (2 hrs approx) from Pian Del Re (car park) but they are only open with facilities during the summer months. For the winter period (October to May) the huts are open with no facilities and a number of sheltered bivouacs are spread through the many passes and peaks, offering a good insurance against bad weather. Some shelters can be used only for emergencies: please refer to local guides or members of CAI at the huts, the association of Alpine Guides for detailed informations when planning.
Rifugio Quintino Sella, Rifugio Giacoletti, Rifugio Pian del Re, Rifugio Vallanta.
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