Excursions in Soana Valley
- Colle Borra
Place of departure: Piamprato (1,551 m)
Place of arrival: Colle della Borra (2,578 m)
Difference in altitude: 1,027 m
Total journey time: 5 hours
Time to visit: from June to September Itinerary
Description We set off from Piamprato Soana (the village at the end of the valley that branches off from Valprato Soana), located in a lovely valley surrounded by grassland and coniferous forests. We then follow the dirt track that leaves the village and, after crossing the river, we climb to Alpe Vandilliana, a pasture still used by shepherds. Upon entering into the Vallone della Borra, where encounters with wild animals are likely, we climb up the hill, near to the ruins of an abandoned mine. From the water divide that dominates the village of Piamprato, the Campiglia Soana valley, as well as the confluence of the Soana Valley towards the plains.
- Campiglia S.Besso
Place of departure: Campiglia Soana (1,350 m)
Place of arrival: S. Besso, Grange Arietta (2,288 m)
Difference in altitude: 950 m
Total journey time: 6.30 hours
Time to visit: from July to September N.B: verification of the practicality of the path between l'Alpe la Balma and le Grange Arietta
Itinerary Description From Campiglia Soana, an ancient headquarters of the parish and town, we climb up along the dirt road leading to the Azaria plain. Before reaching it, we take a well-indicated detour to the right to the S. Besso sanctuary. The cult of San Besso is one of the oldest in the Alps today and unites the community of the mountain and plains: on 10 August of each year, the inhabitants of Cogne and Val Soana gather to worship at the foot of the cliff where the sanctuary is located. We go on to the Grange della Balma and take the path that reaches below the Alpe Arietta, from which we descend to Alpe Barmaion, meeting the initial track again. Crossing the Azaria plains, in the spring we can witness one of the largest concentrations of deer around the park; also to be highlighted is the ease in sighting the marmots and the beauty of the alpine wildlife.
- Forzo Boschietto
Place of departure: Molino di Forzo (1,159 m)
Place of arrival: Boschettiera (1,486 m)
Difference in altitude: 327 m
Total journey time: 2.30 hours
Time to visit: from April to November N.B: B. Davito (2,360 m) requires approximately 2.30 hours extra time in its ascent; only 1 hour for the La Grange Pian Lavina
Itinerary Description you may depart either from the small village of Forzo or from near Molino di Forzo, rising to Tressi and from there following the path that goes into the middle of Vallone di Forzo. Departing from Tressi, after crossing a rocky spur, where we can see a beautiful shrine etched onto the rock, we continue in the valley arriving at the foot of a balcony where the village of Boschietto stands with its characteristic, recently restored church. Sightings of ibex and chamois are probable. After passing Boschietto, we soon reach the village of Boschettiera and, if desired, we can proceed along a path of average difficulty up to the Davito bivuac and the Grange Pian Lavina.
- Ronco - Nivolastro - Andorina - Chiapetto
Place of departure: Ronco Canavese (948 m)
Place of arrival: Chiapetto (1,143 m)
Difference in altitude: 552 m
Total journey time: 3.30 hours
time to visit: from May to November
Itinerary Description From the main village in Val Soana, where there is even a Visitor centre dedicated to traditions and biodiversity of the Valley, we can take the path to the village of Nivolastro, one of the best examples of Alpine architecture in the Soana valley. Along the path there is no shortage of points for reflection upon the social life of the past: we can see the special votive chapels built to protect and provide a place of rest for travellers, as well as a characteristic watering hole just before the village; Nivolastro, while showing serious and widespread signs of wear, is a set to be closely observed. We continue at once to Andorina and from there we descend to Chiapetta and Valprato Soana. Along the path we may encounter Chamois, and even more elusive, the roe deer, finally we find the interesting spruce forest that can be seen above Ronco.