Hiking: from Italy to France

by | November 15, 2017

Suddenly everything feels easier. I can feel the thick shoes that have tormented me in the last few days often, hardly. The backpack that has dragged and dragged at my shoulders, no longer bother. Because now everything at the feet of us and goes the way of just down. In all directions nothing but mountains. Untenrum, they carry a green skirt, which is always brighter upwards and up in the jagged Brown grey cliffs. A few white dots show where even now in August is still snow. In all white and shades of gray clouds across the sky, and their shadow walk across the mountains with.

“There, you see, there we made the day before yesterday the snowball fight”, Niki suggests of some points across, across to Italy, where some white is visible under a pass. My big sister, always maintain the orientation. Tweaks together eyes and moves the way over Boulder fields, meadows and passes with his finger in the air, we are gone before we post across the border France came.

My sister what have I gekeucht on the way, mostly a serpentine above me. Somehow memories came up there a little Tinka, who outgrew the surcharges age, many weekends cursing behind her family that high stumped mountains south of Munich. At that time my parents won’t have bet that her two daughters would decide time voluntarily, by Italy Hiking over the Alps to France. They have discovered with 35 and 31 years, that it not only comes to arrive somewhere, but every step to enjoy almost everyone-well.

We start our tour in the Italian immersed, about 100 km southwest of Turin. The large tourist flows so far passed on this narrow, sparsely populated Valley. But more and more walking inside discover the old paths, where earlier the seasonal workers went to France. And who once enjoyed the peace and seclusion, come back often. So, a hiking tourism is developing slowly, in the Valley, there are several hotels and campsites in the mountain villages of stage accommodations, which here are called Posto Tappa. Serpentine roads connect the small towns on the middle to the Valley. The locals speak Italian nor Occitan, a Romance language that has survived only in peripheral areas in Italy and Spain and southern France. Many people left the barren area in the last few decades, some hamlet stick completely died out on the slope. We want the tiny San Martino, a nested collection of houses, the ancient villages of Elva and Ussolo to Campo Base at the end of the valley hiking-and in seven days in France’s Ubaye Valley.

Niki runs ahead, retains the hiking map, the markings on the road and the weather conditions in mind. Skeptical, she looks to the clouds that hide the blue sky in the first few days. Then she drives me, warns that we should be out of the rain in the next Posto Tappa. “With the mountains is not to be trifled with”, reviewed them. Then I have to laugh because we together rock climbing for years for the first time-and the roles nothing has changed: Niki, the forward, who’s never fast enough-I can go the dreamy which is extremely defiant, if one rushes you.

In the winding alleys of Ussolo chickens cluck, otherwise between the leaning houses to hear and see no one. I wonder where for our battered caravan a dormitory and a multi-course dinner are available here. We have pre-ordered both yesterday by phone as is customary here. And in one of the newer houses on the outskirts the landlady Carla waits actually with her nephew on the only guests for the day. The accommodations are simple: rooms full of mattresses or bunk beds and shared bathroom. We must log on us at least one day in advance, so that enough is to eat there-and it’s always more than enough. With a carafe of wine we sit on the balcony and look at the dark clouds, whose Ränder are brightly illuminated by the moon.

March through low-hanging rain clouds up to the Campo Base at the end of the Valley after the farewell and a day we are finally before the 3000-meter mountains. At eleven o’clock we have been 600 meters behind us. For hours no man, for this the first marmot. In a sea of yellow flowers, it sits right on a rock, looking at us, and disappears only when we are located only a few meters, in his hole. Later we gave up on ten marmots and three Edelweiß on the side of the road, to show. We remain silent. A step, a stock use, three grasshopper, a bunch of shaky in the wind forget-me-not, nothing else. You can already see the border from here, and the rusted barbed wire, which we always encounter is an indication how well she must have been once guarded.

After the steep climb, we run like by a lunar landscape, which is framed by high points. It’s only even slightly uphill, small grass mats, where marmots play are big boulders. Gigi shows on the high rock spikes: “In the winter we run da skis up and drive through the channels down.” He repeated this in variations every few hundred metres, our great border crossing must be something like a Sunday stroll for him.

For us, it is the highlight of our tour. The last meters over gravel mountains, passing on a Lake on the Col Gippiera. Then, there are still two steps – we are in France. A bunch of small stones, a few wooden arrows and a shield with the inscription “2948 m” mark the spot. The spectacular is the view: valleys, thousands of years ago, a glacier has dug are located between towering cliffs. And on both sides of Lakes. We called “Lac de neuf couleurs”-Lake of nine colors. Actually he Shimmers blue from above, and as we are a quarter of an hour later at his bank, red and brown tones mingle among them. The descent is by Saint Ours, about 1000 meters down, as a way into another world. We’re hardly alone, because many day-trippers Ascend families and cliques packed with tents. The Ubaye Valley is next, lush and densely populated. The houses are modern as in the Maira valley, no slate roofs. We run across a meadow, which weighs long grass in the wind. It gets hotter with each altitude of less. Already I can not imagine, to have sat, which rises about us a few hours ago in the fleece on the Summit. It smells of conifers and Niki stretches the nose in the air-“from the sea”.

Travel Guide: From Italy to France

Travel time Depending on the situation–in the Maira valley, the season lasts approximately from mid-June to mid-September. Before and after the weather especially on the higher mountains is very uncertain.

Arrival Maira valley By train or plane to Turin, from there take the train to Cuneo. Several times a day from Cuneo bus to Dronero and Acceglio (bus timetable at www.wanderweb.ch/maira. Start on the French side: plane to Nice, from there by train to Digne, or from Germany by train to Cap. From Digne and Cap bus connections to Barcelonnette.

Money In the simple stage accommodation, you can pay only with cash.

Equipment Expect even in mid-summer with sudden weather-and cold spells. Important past a hiking boots, rain poncho, wind-proof jacket are good. Take the stage accommodation outdoor hut sleeping bag. Who wants to help not getting the complete equipment: A taxi takes over the transport (Sherpa bus, Gianni Pilotto, Tel. 0171/99024). Learn more about the equipment see our site.

Information There are very good information and lots of material (also a newly immersed card on a small scale) over the mountain leader Jörg blades foot. He manages the website of Alpine wide trail GTA (grande traversata delle alpi) and offers in Rimella-and Valsesia (Piedmont also) for groups with up to ten people location walks (Hagenloher Straße 14, 72070 Tübingen, phone 07071 / 62830, fax 600849, ) www.gtaweb.de). In the tourist office in Dronero, there are brochures, maps and lists of hotels, mostly in Italian (Informazione e Accoglienza turistica Valle Maira, via IV Novembre 1, 12025 Dronero, Tel. 0039/0171/91 7080). Information in German on Maria Schneider at the Centro culturale Borgata in San Martino inferiore (Tel. 0039/0171/999186).

Books and maps “Antipasti and old ways”, Ursula Bauer and Jürg Frischknecht (Rotpunktverlag Zurich, 22 euros). Also in the Internet, with pictures and addresses of most accommodations: www.wanderweb.ch/maira. The route from the history is fully described in the “Chambeyron Val Maira” hiking guide with map and book (scale 1:25000, Alpes sans Frontières, 19 euros). ‘ Valli Maira Grana Stura ‘ (Scale 1:50000, Instituto Geografico Centrale, 9.80 euros). Small, lightweight, nice to read for on the go: “the Maira long-distance trail” (Publishing House of the long-distance hikers, 13.80 euros).

Overnight Most hikers stay posti tappa, accommodation with shared rooms. In the small towns often the only alternative. Reserve at least a day in advance, longer plan for larger groups in any case. However, some hosts speak no German or English. Posti tappa of the tour described: Centro culturale Borgata: Maria Schneider is operated by the Kölnerin and is very popular among German walkers-book in any case. Mattress camp, also on the terrace in fine weather. Also double rooms. Here you can take well a couple of days in the tiny break San Martino. Dormitory/HP (five-course dinner) 33 euros. Dr/HB 45 Euro (12020 Stroppo, Tel. 0039/0171/999186). Foresteria “La Fernisolo”: in Elva, are the same around the corner a beautiful old church and a cheese dairy, which should not be missed. Bed/halfboard €30 (12020 Elva, Borgata Serre 10, Tel. 0039/0171/997986). Posto Tappa Ussolo: in the parish house next to the Church. Simple, but very beautifully situated, washing machine. Bed/halfboard €30 (Tel. 0039/ 348 3139190). Campo Base: climbers – and walkers Club. Contacts for mountain guides. Bed/halfboard 33 euro (12021 Acceglio/Chiappera, Tel. 0039/0171/ 99068, fax 995907. refuge de Chambeyron: sheet metal hut at 2700 metres with space for about 70 hikers.) Night 13.70 euros, dinner and breakfast 20 EUR (info about Eric Audureau, 04530 Saint Paul/Ubaye, Tel. 0033/492/843383). Gîte Auberge de St. ours: beautiful garden to relax with great views of the mountains. Small, clean rooms with private shower. Bed/halfboard 36 euro (Hameau de St ours, 04530 Meyronnes, Tel./fax 0033/492/843703).

Organizer of WanderReisen Who is better in the Group and with experienced mountain or hiking guides on tour, can include following contact provider: Hauser excursions: various tours around the world, with mountain or hiking guide. In part from Hut to hut, some day trips from a starting point. Accommodation in stages-or family accommodation, hotels or lodges. Various levels of difficulty 81241 München, Tel. 089/2350060, fax 23500699, (Spiegelstraße 9, our site). Viking travel: 300 hiking offers alone in Europe, also theme or trekking tours in all degrees of difficulty. Also customized tours are organized for the only accommodation and luggage transfer. Site hiking trips (one or two accommodations, day trips) or tours from Hut to hut (Kölner str. 20, 58135 Hagen, Tel. 02331/904700, fax 904704, our site). CG touristic: only via Internet, no catalogs. Provider and facilitator of hiking trips around the world. Site hiking or from Hut to hut for beginners, intermediate and advanced hikers (Wilhelm-Diess-str. 16, 94149 Kößlarn, Tel. 08536/912297, fax 912296, our site). ASI hiking tours: Alpine hikes with guide in different lengths and levels of difficulty. Many tours around the world, such as in South Tyrol and Austria, but also in the Maira valley (in the silent 1, 6161 Natters, Austria, Tel. 00 43 / 512/54 60 00, our site). Long-distance hiking: Swiss provider. Dates March to October, mainly in the Italian and French Alps, but also for example in Morocco (Markus Zürcher, Allmigässli, 3703 aeschiried, Switzerland, Tel. 0041/33/6541842, fax 6541134, our site). Useful link: our site

Text: Tina Daniel photos: Nora Bible

Gallery

Hiking In France New France Hiking tours Hiking In France …

Hiking In France New France Hiking tours Hiking In France ...

Source: artsmobiles.org

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps

Source: www.backroads.com

Hiking in Italy | Walking Tours of Italy

Hiking in Italy | Walking Tours of Italy

Source: www.backroads.com

Hiking in Switzerland, France, Italy & Slovenia

Hiking in Switzerland, France, Italy & Slovenia

Source: alpineinterface.com

First Hike Abroad: France, Italy, and Switzerland – The …

First Hike Abroad: France, Italy, and Switzerland – The ...

Source: www.austinkayak.com

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps

Source: www.backroads.com

Tour du Mont Blanc: Hike the Alps

Tour du Mont Blanc: Hike the Alps

Source: www.rei.com

10 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in France

10 Top-Rated Hiking Trails in France

Source: www.planetware.com

Hiking In France Fresh Walkopedia Best Walks Hikes and …

Hiking In France Fresh Walkopedia Best Walks Hikes and ...

Source: artsmobiles.org

10 Best Hiking Trails in the World

10 Best Hiking Trails in the World

Source: sidaacuta.blogspot.com

The Top 15 Best Hikes in Europe • The Adventure Junkies

The Top 15 Best Hikes in Europe • The Adventure Junkies

Source: www.theadventurejunkies.com

10 Reasons To Date A Girl Who Travels

10 Reasons To Date A Girl Who Travels

Source: www.mappingmegan.com

Tour du Mont Blanc: Hiking the French, Swiss and Italian …

Tour du Mont Blanc: Hiking the French, Swiss and Italian ...

Source: www.distantjourneys.com

Alps Family Hiking Tour: Italy, France & Switzerland

Alps Family Hiking Tour: Italy, France & Switzerland

Source: www.backroads.com

Alps Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tour: Italy, France & Switzerland

Alps Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tour: Italy, France & Switzerland

Source: www.backroads.com

Alps Family Hiking Tour: Italy, France & Switzerland

Alps Family Hiking Tour: Italy, France & Switzerland

Source: www.backroads.com

Hiking in Switzerland, France, Italy & Slovenia

Hiking in Switzerland, France, Italy & Slovenia

Source: www.alpineinterface.com

Hike Italy and France & Lake Como

Hike Italy and France & Lake Como

Source: content.sierraclub.org

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps

Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Alps

Source: www.theworldoutdoors.com

Gourmet Hiking From France to Italy: A Most Pleasurable …

Gourmet Hiking From France to Italy: A Most Pleasurable ...

Source: whereandwhatintheworld.com