On the mineral trail - Tour of the Marguareis Nature Park - Stage 2
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On the mineral trail - Tour of the Marguareis Nature Park - Stage 2

2. On the mineral trail - Tour of the Marguareis Nature Park - Stage 2

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No particular difficulties in crossing the pass, however the paths are not always obvious. Interesting stretch over the Vene suspension bridge.
Route that runs mainly between pastures and alpine meadows. Evident traces of karst phenomena, from erosion due to runoff water to dolines and sinkholes. The final part crosses a beautiful pine grove and the Pian Rosso pastures.

Description

From the Havis De Giorgio-Mondovì refuge, head up the Ellero valley until you reach the Gias Gruppetti Alpine pasture (1890m). From there, take the path which heads off to the right and leads to Passo delle Saline (2174m). Then head downhill along a steep slope which, after a gias, becomes very narrow and, having gone past the Ciarli-Bossi refuge, at the next fork in the path take the left fork. After around half an hour’s climbing, you will reach Colla di Carnino (1597m), with a bird’s eye view over the high Tanaro valley, the Venes and Pian Rosso. From there, continue along a path halfway up the hill and, on a Tibetan bridge, you will go past Grotta delle Vene, one of the many points of interest along the itinerary. Two information boards, sheltered by a balsam fir, will tell you about the region’s karst features. Shortly after, take the path on the left which climbs towards Pian Rosso to reach the Mongioie refuge (1555m).
Departure : Havis de Giorgio-Mondovi refuge
Arrival : Mongioie refuge
Towns crossed : Briga Alta, Ormea

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