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Piedmont - Val Maira walking
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Trekking Walking
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Piedmont - Val Maira walking

Piedmont - Val Maira walking

  • Quiet and secluded mountains
  • Beautiful wild valleys 
  • Ancient, tranquil villages
  • Roman and Gothic churches and chapels
  • Large variety of flora and fauna
  • Exceptional lodging facilities
  • Delicious local food (Occitane and Italian cuisine)
  • Wonderful mountain trails and breathtaking views
  • Friendly locals
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The walks are over mountain meadows, woodland trails, dirt tracks, stony paths and inevitable pieces of asphalt roads in the villages. Some of the walks are long and more demanding as the climbings can be quite steep.  All the paths are well marked and regularly maintained.

Start: San Michele Prazzo                      Finish: Acceglio

Day 1: Arrive in San Michele Prazzo
Day 2: Lou Viol Dal Genesté San Michele round walk (10 km)
Day 3: Walk from San Michele to Ponte Maira (18.5 km)
Day 4: Chiappera round walk (11 km)
Day 5: Sentiero dei Frassati round walk (17.4 km)
Day 6: Walk from Ponte Maira to Viviere (11.5 km)
Day 7: Colle Oserot walk (11.5 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Val Maira!

Day 1:    Arrive in San Michele Prazzo

Arrive in the village of San Michele Prazzo at 1370m altitude and take some time to visit the beautifully painted PArish Church. You will be picked up from the bus stop and transferred to the first accommodation.


Day 2:    Lou Viol Dal Genesté San Michele round walk (10 km)

Today's walk is on the southern slopes above San Michele and follows part of the "Lou Viol Dal Genestè". This circular route takes you into contach with nature, from forests of larch and spruce to grasslands and rocky crags, and Genestè (growing broom). Along the trail it's easy to spot a variety wildlife native to the area.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 10 km, 600m ascent, 600m descent


Day 3:    Walk from San Michele to Ponte Maira (18.5 km)

A challenging hike high above the valley with beautiful views. The walk goes through woods and meadows and you will encounter only a few tiny hamlets. Arrive at the accommodation in Acceglio and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this place.

Challenge: 7.5 hours, 18.5 km, 1000m ascent, 1000m descent


Day 4:    Chiappera round walk (11 km)

A short morning transfer will lead you to Chiappera, the last restored village of Val Maira at 1620m altitude, where the day's walk starts. The village has a bar and a beautiful church with frescoes. The initial climb to the striking Rocca Provenzale is tough, but after Colle Greguri (2309m) it becomes leisurely walk back to Chiappera, where you will be picked up and taken back to the accommodation.

Challenge: 6.5 hours, 11 km, 700m ascent, 700m descent


Day 5:    Sentiero dei Frassati round walk (17.4 km)

Another short transfer in the morning will lead you this time to Sorgente Maira where today's walk on the Sentiero Frassati starts. This itinerary goes past a few smaller and larger mountain lakes, such as the deep blue Lago Apzoi at 2300m altitude, as well as a series of bunkers that Mussolini had built on the border with France. At the end of the walk you will be picked up and taken back to the accommodation.

Challenge: 7.5 hours, 17.4 km, 900m ascent, 1100m descent


Day 6:    Walk from Ponte Maira to Viviere (11.5 km)

Today you leave Ponte Maira for the tiny mountain village of Viviere, located in the cool and more forested northern slope of the Val Maira. A long climb brings you to the Colle Ciarbonet (2206m), then you start descending to Viviere where you will be staying in a cozy welcoming hut.

Challenge: 5.5 hours, 11.5 km, 800m ascent, 500m descent


Day 7:    Colle Oserot walk (11.5 km)

This final stage takes you up to Colle Oserot. This is a very nice walk along steep limestone cliffs and green meadows with great panoramic views. You can also make a small trip to Rifugio Gardetta situatd on the Plateau Gardetta

Challenge: 7 hours, 15.5 km, 950m ascent, 950m descent


Day 8:    Arrivederci Val Maira!

The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked other nights of services with us. From Viviere you will be brought to the bus stop in Acceglio.



7 Nights in double rooms in mountains huts with breakfast


Locanda La Tano di Grich - Prazzo
Locanda La Tano di Grich - Prazzo

In Occitan, “la tano di Grich” means “the crickets’ burrow” and it is located in the High Maira Valley, the most intact of all the valleys in the Province of Cuneo. The building is dating back to the XIX century and it offers rooms, lodges and apartment with kitchenette, fireplace, private bathroom. The inn proposes very good typical dishes. Owners are courteous and welcoming. 


Locanda Mistral - Acceglio
Locanda Mistral - Acceglio

The inn Mistral is situated at 1400 meters above sea level in the relaxing atmosphere of a cosy farmer's house of the 19th century. Rooms are well-furnished, welcoming and comfortable. The kitchen proposes specialties from the Maira Valleyand the staff is very courteous. Rooms have woody furniture with a private bathroom and balcony. Homemade breakfast is very good.


Rifugio di Viviere - Acceglio
Rifugio di Viviere - Acceglio

This mountain hut offers accommodations with mountain style, all of wood, comfortable and welcoming with private bathroom. The structure also offers finnish sauna and two scandinavian hot tubs. The restaurant offers occitan and from Piedmonts typical dishes. 


practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June and October 5th.

The best airpors to fly into are Turin (TRN) and Nizza (NCE).

From either Torino airport (TRN), reach the train station Torino Porta Nuova and take a train to Cuneo.

From Nice airport (NCE), reach the Nice-Ville train station and get on the Train des Merveille to Cuneo.

From Cuneo, there are only few direct connections to Prazzo: you need to reach Prazzo Inferiore by bus (with change in Dronero). In Prazzo Inferiore, you wil be picked up and taken to you accommodation.

Check train timetables on:


GPS tracks are available on request.



  • 7 Nights in double rooms in mountains huts with breakfast
  • 4 dinner and 3 packet lunch
  • People and luggage transfer bus stop Prazzo-San Michele
  • Luggage transfer (*) San Michele-Ponte Maira; Ponte Maira-Chiappera;Chiappera-Ponte Maira; Ponte Maira-Sorgente Maira; Sorgente Maira-Ponte Maira; Ponte Maira-Acceglio.
  • People and luggage transfer Acceglio-bus stop in Acceglio
  • Map every booking Chaminar en Val Maira (di Bruno Rosano), scale 1:20.000
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

(*) Luggage will have to be ready by 9am and the weight should not exceed 15kg per person. If it is heavier, a supplement  will be applied

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Prazzo and from Acceglio
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Tourist taxes

Optional services

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Prazzo
  • Transfer from Acceglio to airport

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