The Remondino Refuge
The Remondino Refuge

The Remondino Refuge

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Ascent to the foot of the Argentera Massif, along the Vallone dell'Assedras. The trail can be grueling, with steep inclines and steps.

The Refuge is in an austere spot, with the peaks of the Argentera Massif, over 3000 meters tall, looming behind it, but enjoys a stunning panoramic view of the Vallone della Valletta.

1 point of interest
History and historical trail

The Remondino Refuge

The Refuge is named for Franco Remondino, Jr. Lieutenant of the Alpine Corps and budding local climber, who died during an ascent on the Rocca Gialeo. A half-barrel bivuoac shelter that sleeps 12 was erected in his memory and inaugurated in 1934. It was later decided to build a real refuge on the spot, in masonry, erected thanks mostly to the financial sponsorship of the Saluzzo Battalion of the Alpine Corps, the Taurinense Division of the Army Corps of Engineers and the 1st Airborne Brigade and inaugurated in 1965. Additional restructuring and extensions were completed in the year 2000.

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Those who prefer not to drive up the somewhat rough and unpaved road that leads from the Gias delle Mosche to Pian della Casa del Re, where the route of this itinerary begins, must walk that stretch.
Hikers must leave their cars in the parking lot at the Gias delle Mosche (1592 m), after which the route goes along the paved road for a short distance. The road becomes unpaved and climbs up the Vallone della Valletta, first among copses of larches and firs, then through pastures, pines and sparse larches. There is a slightly steeper uphill tract, which is paved, and the road remains paved until it reaches a recently restructured summer shelter, the Gias Nuovo della Casa.
Passing by the short deviation leading to the gias, the route remains on the main road until the turnoff for Pian della Casa del Re (altitude difference: +143/-0 m; hiking time: 35 minutes; difficulty: T).
At the beginning of the trail, at Pian della Casa del Re (1735 m), take care not to follow the track on the right for Colle di Ciriegia, Colle di Fremamorta and the Fremamorta Lakes. The route instead follows the unpaved road leads along the northeast margin of the broad plateau, leading to the clearly visible turnoff for the Remendino Refuge and Colle del Mercantour on the left.
Initially, the trail stays near the bottom of the meadow, among junipers and the occasional larch, almost parallel with the former military road, then it turns left (eastward) and follows the course of the torrent. After passing a trail on the right (which leads to the torrent that flows down the Vallone di Balma Ghilié), a steep ascent begins, with tight switchbacks rising up a rocky slope; strenuous tracts with steps lead to a footbridge spanning the torrent flowing out of the Vallone dell'Assedras. A final series of switchbacks and the trail reaches the turnoff for Colle del Mercantour, on the right.
Passing by the turnoff, the route turns abruptly northward and crosses back over the torrent, then climbs uphill for a long tract, with many switchbacks among rocks, grass and the occasional larch.
Passing by the turnoff, the route turns abruptly northward and crosses back over the torrent, then climbs uphill for a long tract, with many switchbacks among rocks, grass and the occasional larch.
A traverse to the southeast leads to the canal just under the Refuge, which the trail navigates with steep, short elbow turns. After passing a detritic depression at the foot of some rocky crags, there is a last steep climb with large steps; the trail continues on past the turnoff for the Bozano Refuge, on the left, and just a bit further, still on the left, the trail for the Passo dei Detriti.
A few meters beyond the last turnoff the trail comes to the Remondino Refuge (2464 m, 2 hours and 20 minutes from Pian della Casa del Re), perched on a rocky hillock.

Departure : Pian della Casa del Re (1735 m)
Arrival : Remondino Refuge (2464 m)
Towns crossed : Valdieri

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Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Access and parking

Drive up the Valle Gesso from Borgo San Dalmazzo. After passing Valdieri, continue on to Terme. Without entering the town, drive uphill on the left side of the Vallone della Valletta until the road ends (it is unpaved in its final tract) near Pian della Casa.

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