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from Col della Maddalena to Col del Moncenisio
This range is also known as Alpi Occitane and hosts one of the best trekking-hiking tour of the whole western Alps section : the GTA (Grande Traversata delle Alpi)
here in Italian language
here in French language
here in German language
and here a good guide (only in Italian language)
The range is normally intended ad divided into 3 parts :
1 - Alpi Cozie Meridionali = Southern Cotian Alps
Starting from the Colle della Maddalena (Col de Larche) the ridge grows with the M.Oronaye (3100m) then goes on, without descending under the 3000m, to the Brec de Chambeyron 3389m, the Aiguille de Chambeyron (3411m).
The ridge now comes down to the Col de Maurin (2637m), rises with the M.Maniglia (3177m), goes down to the Col d.Autaret (2875m), rises again with the Mongiòia (3340m) goes down, after the Roc d.Niera, to the Colle dell'Agnello (2748m)
Herefrom the main ridge rises to the most important summit of the range : the Monviso (3841m).
North of Monviso, after the minor summit of M.Granero (3171m) the ridge falls down to the Col della Croce (2298m) grows slowly to the P.Ramiere (3303m) and the P.Merciantaira (3293m) then goes down sweet to the Col de Montgenevre (1760m)
This is the wider part of the range and can de divided into 3 main groups of mountains :
- Chamberyon - Mongioia - Marchisa
- Font Sancte - Parpaillon - Grand Bérard
- Aiguillette - Monviso - Granero
2 - Alpi Cozie Centrali = Central Cotian Alps
between the Montgenevre and the Colle della Scala (1700m), the lower pass between France and Italy, at the S limit of the Vallestretta - this is the range of the "Bassa" (lower) Val di Susa
This is the less important part of the range and can be divided into 2 main groups of mountains :
- Bucie - Grand Queyron - Orsiera
- Bric Froid - Rochebrune - Beal Traversier
3 - Alpi Cozie Settentionali = Northern Cotian Alps
between the Colle della Scala (1700m) and the Col di Moncenisio (2100m) where this range geographically ends, the Alta Val di Susa
This is an important range of mountains that can be divided into the 2 main group of mountains
- Chaberton - Tabor - Galibier
- Bernauda - Pierre Menue - Ambin
where the word importance is referred both to the scale of the mountains and to their alpinistic/hiking features.
Getting Theremain groups and access to the main ridges :
Alpes du Brianconeis
This valley is the Southernmost one of Alpi Cozie, bordering to the S the Marittime Alps range.
It is a long valley (more than 40km) starting directly from the PO plane (E) and arriving, with few minor subvalleys, directly to the border with the France (W).
Some more info can be found in this page
Main Watershed : France (W) - Italy (E)
Watershed Val Maira (N) - Valle Stura (S)
Watershed Val Maira (S) - Val Varaita (N)
Val Maira (S) - Val Varaita (N)
Valle Stura (S) - Valle Maira (N)
Val Maira (E-Italy) Val of Ubaye (W-France) (only on foot or MB)
This valley is the Southern valley of the so-named "Monviso valleys".
Its a long valley whose higher part hosts 3 minor subvalleys that surround the S and W faces of Monviso.
Val Varaita (E-Italy) - Val of Ubaye (W-France)
Val Varaita (N) - Val Maira (S)
Valle del Po
This is the Northern valley of so-named "Monviso valleys", here are the fountainheads of the bigger and longer river of Italy : the PO.
Can be considered the origin of the Padana Plan arriving, toward East, down to Adriatico sea.
between Valle del Guil (W-France) and Valle del Po (E-Italy)
Colle delle Traversette - 2950 m
The less important (in terms of mountaneering) valley of the Occitania.
Well known also as the "valley of Valdesi".
between Valle del PO (S) and Val Pellice (N)
Passo della Gianna
Val di Susa
The northernmost, big, valley of the Occitania.
Very long and geographically complex with its many subvalleys divided by important subridges.
More complete info can be found in this page
Main subvalleys starting clockwise from S, are:
Valle Argentièra (Valle Ripa) : from Gran Queyron to Cesana
Valle di Thures : from Col di Thures to Bousson
Valle della Piccola Dora : from Montgenevre to Cesana
Valle di Bardonecchia : more than a valley is a big plain wherefrom 2 further valleys grow .. the
Val Cenischia : from Susa to Moncenisio pass
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