From Rif. Lago Verde we start early. A steep mountain path (personally I wouldn’t call this a path any more) led us upwards to a pass on about 2700m. Here we were the first this morning. An ibex stood right in front of us watching us curiously. We made some photos this time The pass also is the border between Italy and France and so we continued the next part of today in France (actually most people on the last hut were from France). More or less we continued walking on the same altitude until we reached Bivaccio Soardi on 2620m. It lays directly behind the Col de Bouchet. Now we are back in Italy We could not belive what we were seeing from up here. It was a very clear morning. Our current position was more or less at the eastern boundary of the western Alps. So we were able to see very very far into Italy from up here. It is hard to describe and it was also impossible for us to take a good photo of this view – but one should have seen once in life
We continued downwards for a few hours. Sometimes walking down is a pain but this time it was not because there were flowers everywhere… Finally we followed a road again upwards to Rif. Jervis on 1732m.
When we arrived we received our room – this time with 7 others. We took rest of the day off I ordered two “Panasche” (this is beer with Sprite) in a row and lay down in the sun. After a few minutes I slept – almost until dinner . For dinner we had to share the food with 6 people from France. A few times we had to remember them that the food is not just for them…not quite polite… Anyway.. the dinner was good – beside other things lots of pasta…and bacon with oil and parmigiano. Tomorrow we plan to go to Rif. Giacoletti on about 2700m.
We slept very well in our hotel in Torino. The contrast between sharing a toilet and bedroom with others and having one for myself becomes very clear again – and again I am glad that I can effort a hotel if I want We got up early again – breakfast is at 7am. We want to get the bus to Ghigo which leaves at 7:38 at Torino – according to the timetable (yes, there IS a timetable! ). From Ghigo we want to start to the Monviso group – a quite famous and big group of mountains. The highest mountain in this group – what else can it be – is Monviso (about 3800m). Continuing our tour from Ghigo we are skipping two days of walking. We decided for this step since the weather is supposed to be very good and stable for the next three days – and for walking through the Monviso area we need very good weather.
Today, getting up at 6:30am from this great hotel bed is like a pain – at least for me…I think I could sleep another 2…3…4 hours …but anyway our bus is leaving 7:38…and it is the only bus for the next hours – according to the great timetable. Under this time condition the very nice breakfast was also very short…sine our bus leaves at 7:38 from Torino (what does this actually mean? Torino…where in Torino? But this time the woman from the tourist office told us the truth, didn’t she?). I think I could sit here in this great breakfast room and drink one coffee after another…but…. At 7:30 we hurried out of the hotel door to the bus stop which was described to us by the woman at the Torino tourist information. At 7:35 we are there… We are looking at the great timetable again. One strange thing we noticed this morning is that for all bus connections the bus stop where the bus leaves is marked yellow. Only for our connection there is no specific bus stop name given – just Torino…and it is not marked yellow. Could this mean something? We were just waiting…10 minutes…20 minutes…some buses were leaving…but no bus with our destination. To make it short – our bus never left. The “timetable” was just for information that there is a connection – but one has to change the bus. This was not obvious to us from the timetable. When we realized that the bus we would have to take was already gone. And so we stood there on the main road waiting for the next bus to the destination where we had to change the bus. This was very annoying…after so many days in the mountains the noise of hundreds of cars and so many people all around was kind of horrible. We were quite glad when the next right bus finally arrived.
From Torino the bus went to Perosa. There we had to change to another bus. But…sounds simple…it took us about an hour to find the correct bus stop where the next bus was going to leave. It was interesting to walk through Perosa…and we were able to buy some food and some medcine before we left…but we were finally very glad when we also left the second bus to Ghigo.
From here we walked about 4:30 hours to our destination Rif. Lago Verde. Luckily the weather was very good and stable today – there was no single cloud on the sky. The Rifugio Lago Verde is very nice. They have a warm shower which is already included in the price. Tonight we share a room with only two others – very comfortable Tomorrow we plan to go to Rif. Jervis. Forecast is very good…lets see
Today we made a second try going to Bivaccio Orsiera. The path was one of the most boring. We started at 7am – even at this time it was already very hot! Today it was very very hard to continue walking upwards. The bag seemed to be much bigger and heavier than usual and the path led through a forest almost all the time. Still it was hot – and we did not have a good view on other mountains. Arriving at the Bivaccio we were exhausted. We put ourselves on a bench and slept for almost 3 hours. We then realized that more guest arrived at the Bivaccio – now all 10 beds were in use. Then we slept another 2 hours. Probably the body takes its time for rest if necessary… Our highlight today was the cooking – we had pasta with cheese and salami and chilli powder. It was great! We went to bed at 9pm and slept another 9 hours. We not even realized when all the other guests came to the bedroom.