Vallone Argentera

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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4-6h
Distance
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8.1 km
Elevation
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994 m
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Overall Rating
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9.9
Physical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama from the Vallone Argentera hike in Alpi Marittime National Park, Italy

The mountain views on this hike are spectacular, which is saying something when every walk in this region takes place in the Alps. The Argentera is the highest mountain in the Alpes-Marittime. Climbing into the valley of the same name and up to Rifugio Bozano, allows admiration of this majestic mountain.

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Route Description for Vallone Argentera

To reach the start of the trail, you’ll want to take the forested track from the parking lot until you find information on the Rifugio Bozano on your left.

The trail, starts in the woods and it is steep. It doesn’t level off until you reach the grasslands near the base of the summits of De Cessole peak and of Madre di Dio peak.

The trail climbs along on the left side of the valley. It finally will reach a rocky edge where the last of the larches grow. Up it continues, past all the stones that have fallen from the rocky walls of the Corno Stella (2,454 m).

Finally, you will reach the Rifugio Bozano, the goal of generations of alpinist since the start of the twentieth century.

Once you arrive at the Rifugio, you’re free to enjoy the magnificent views of the highest peaks of the Argentera massif. The theatre of countless mountain expeditions, it is rich in mountaineering history; however, above all it is an ancient mountain, whose rocks date back 250-360 million years.

Return the way you came up.

Insider Hints for Vallone Argentera

  • From the Rifugio, you can get to the Rifugio Remondino in 4h. However, the trail is very difficult and recommended only for experienced hikers.
  • Rifugio Bozano is a awesome lodging option. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag or sheets, but they’ll provide the wine and cheese!

Getting to the Vallone Argentera Trailhead

Make your way to Valdieri then drive 15km to Terme di Valdieri, in the direction of the French Border. From Terme di Valdieri take the road on the left, behind the hotel. Go uphill for 4.0 km, until the parking lot of Vallone Argentera.

Route Information

  • When to do

    June to end of October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Yes, in Terme di Valdieri

  • Toilets

    Yes, In the Bozano Rifugio

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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