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We are planning a 5 to 6 days hike on GTA beginning of July.

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7 months 6 days ago #18 by Skippy
We have no problem to hike longer hours per day but would like to avoid very exposed tracks that could be dangerous. Any suggestion?

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7 months 4 days ago #19 by mvl
Hello Skippy,

How much mountain hiking experience do you have? We found that some of the longer days are quite challenging, so it is probably good no to plan them on the first day.

All in all, there are very few exposed stretches and often they can be avoided by an alternative route. However, in the beginning of July, snow can still be present at the higher passes, in particular on the north sides, so it may be better to avoid some of the notorious ones. Taking both together, I would recommend to rather pick the southern half of the trail, probably up to Monviso.

Here are two somewhat specific suggestions:
1) Trinita to Sant'Anna: I am not sure whether Triniate is reachable by public transport, but you may be able to high0hike from Entraque. The stretch from to Rif Soria-Ellena and Morelli-Buzzi is quite spectacular. High mountains, but I expect still doable with some snow. You may want to break up the stages a bit differently than we did on that section; for example by going to Rif Gardetta instead. You can easily reach Sant'Anna and probably continue for two more days, Rif Migliorero is super-nicely located, but you should ask around which of the passes are open for hiking when you get there, since that will depend on the winter and spring weather.

2) Chialvetta (or Bersezio) to Villanova/Ghigo di Prali/Balsiglia: this is a very beautiful stretch (with great food!), with a few high passes. It is probably a good idea to check in advance whether they are ready to cross on foot. From Chialvetta to Chiappera you should probably opt to take the standard route instead of Colle de Enchiausa (which is rather steep with loose gravel). After Pian Meleze, I would suggest to stay instead in Pontechianale and then take the standard route to Rif Quintino Sella near Movisa (not via RIf Bagnour). That part is also in the high mountains, but the paths are good and well-trodden. After Quintino Sella, you can continue until you run out of days. Note that Villanova does probably not have public transportation, so Ghigo di Prali is probably a better place to end. The hike from Ghigo di Prali to Balsiglia is not so great and the next day is long and crosses a high pass, which may be challenging if snow remains on the pass...

Hope this helps. Enjoy your hike!

Marco.
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7 months 3 days ago #20 by Skippy
Your recommendations are very helpful. Thank you very much, Marco

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