Walking on the King's paths

A long path between waterfalls, valleys, lakes and the Maritime Alps
  • Travelling time: 7 hours

  • Difficulty: Hard

  • Why we love it: It allows you to discover the ancient game reserve of King Vittorio Emanuele II

  • Length: 22 km

  • Total Elevation Gain: 1040 m

  • Way to travel: by bike, by foot

  • Cost: 0 €

  • Our Advice: You must be properly equipped: boots, backpack and sticks allow a great excursion

We wake up early and we start from Terme di Valdieri (1385m). Just before the plateau of Valasco, a spectacular waterfall and a fountain with excellent mountain water welcome us.

Waterfalls along the path

Around the corner we find a wonderful view. Surrounded by the Maritime Alps and plenty of water we are before the Reale Casa di Caccia, which has now become a refuge.

Reale Casa di Caccia, now a refuge

We continue our road to the right and we arrive in the upper Valascoda. Here you can enjoy a great view of the valley. We cross a wooden bridge, on the left we find a path that climbs towards Val Morta and Colleto di Valasco, we continue the road that goes to the right.

Two groundhogs
Along the way you can easily see some groundhog

After a few bends we find ourselves at the crossroads that allows us to reach in about an hour the Questa refuge (2388 m) which offers a good view of Lake Portette (2361 m). After a short break or a lunch we continue our journey towards Lake Claus dominated by Testa mountain.

Lake Claus
Lake Claus

We continue the fantastic path and in about 40 minutes, walking on a paved road, we reach the Lower Valscura Lake.

Lower Valscura Lake
Lower Valscura Lake

We climb down on a trail that leads us to a gallery or otherwise we can avoid it thanks to a clever shortcut. here is the fork that allowed us to climb to the Questa refuge in an hour. We go back down the same road, and eventually we reach the starting point.


Author: Linda Montorio - "Share your green adventure" prize