Western Transalp: Eau Rousse to Rifugio Vittorio Sella

Cogne

Gran Paradiso

Day 4 of the incredible 6-day crossing of the Western Alps.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
18 km
Ascent
1.7 km
Descent
739 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
28˚
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Western Transalp: Eau Rousse to Rifugio Vittorio Sella Map

Description

Brace yourself for a day of a lot of pushing uphill. From Eeu Rousse, head up a steep path towards Alpe Leviona and on to Col Lauson Pass (3296m). On the other side, the descent is very steep and crosses rough terrain, so it may be advisable to walk a few kilometres down until it eases up and becomes a stretch of the best downhill you could imagine, with unreal mountain panoramas to add! Whizz down to Refugio Vittorio Sella, your stop for the night. Due to popularity, it's advisable to book ahead.

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

April, May, June, July, August, September

Features

  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Picturesque
  • Road sections

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