Stage10 - Talosio (Ribordone) 1225 m - Bech (Ingria) 985 m

From Talosio we continue for around 500 m along the asphalted road that leads to the Sanctuary of Prascondù 1321 m. Around the first hairpin bend, we turn right onto the mule track that leads to the Sanctuary (45 minutes). From the Sanctuary we join the G.T.A route that here joins the Giroparco Gran Paradiso and which first passes behind the Balmot huts and then the Barlan huts 1474 m. We climb through pasture along the G.T.A./A.V.C. route, go round a turreted rocky formation (visible from below) thus arriving at the Alpe del Roc 1812 m, we continue up to the Colle Crest 2040 m.
From the colle Crest we follow the Ribordone slope to a vast hollow, known as Pian delle Masche 1997 m (Ore 2,30 dal Santuario) once considered a meeting place for witches. From here, we follow the G.T.A. route along a passage hewn from the rock (a flagstone quarry), to descend into Guaria valley, first past the Alpi le Goie 1864 m and then Ciavanis 1727 m. From here, the path takes a slight climb halfway up the hill and then starts down again through a wood of beech trees and larch trees, along the left slope of the valley, all the way to the houses of Masonaie. (Ore 2 from Pian delle Masche). From here we continue along the quiet, asphalted road for around 1.3 kilometres. On the right, a few metres from a small votive chapel (with wooden figures) we descend the old mule track (look out for the junction marked by signposts and signs on stones), and after passing through a beautiful wood we arrive at the Stavalle huts 889 m and Rastut.  We cross the river where possible. From here, we continue left along the old water conduct that led to Ingria for around 20 metres, we cross the meadow and arrive at the second section of the conduct. At the beginning, on the left, are some steps and after a short stretch in the wood we arrive nearby to the village Villanova. Continuing right (towards Pont Canavese) along the asphalted road for 300 metres and near the bar-restaurant, we access the bridge to the left (directions for Tiglietto etc.), cross it and after a steep climb we arrive at Crotto. (1 hour 15 minutes from Masonaie) We pass through the village and we take again the asphalted road, crossing the bridge over the river and continuing for a stretch until we reach a dirt track (constructed in 2012) that arrives at Mombianco (church with a fresco of the Holy Shroud). Having passed through Mombianco we find the abandoned houses in a dire state of ruin in Salsa 992 m, then Alberetto 971 m, the Sanctuary of Santa Libera and Betassa 925 m, which is joined by a rut (Codebiollo Valley). At the beginning of the rut just outside Betassa near a large chestnut tree, on the right, a path winds away (look out for the signs) and leads to Bech where you can find the Bivouac built by Ingria Council providing overnight accommodation


Trail specifications

Starting place: 
Talosio (Ribordone)
Starting altitude: 
1225 m slm
Arrival place: 
Bech (Ingria)
Arrival altitude: 
985 m m slm
18,6 km
Walking time: 
7 ore 25 minuti
EE - Escursionistico difficile
+1978 -2190
Suggested period: 
Support points: 

Posto tappa GTA (presso la Trattoria Grisolano “da Marina”) Talosio (Ribordone) 1225 m tel. 0124 818015
Bivacco località Bech (Ingria) - per informazioni Comune di Ingria tel. 0124 85629