Rating The Tour (By Hiking Standards)
0. General. From 1739 m to 2474 m, exposition N and W. All the time marked. Till Casera Chiansaveit a mountain road (closed for public traffic), then a comfortable path through a nice larch forrest, below the main ridge a steep and tedious scree slope, finally a scramble up the steep slope below the W ridge. By the Swiss (SAC) Hiking Scale the rating would be T3.
Gear (in dry seasons): Only good shoes and poles. For the road (1 h on foot) from Casera di Razzo to Casera Chiansaveit a bike is recommended.
1. Effort. 800 m, 3 h (from Casera Chiansaveit 2 h).
2. Power. 1 - no difficulties, only walk-up.
3. Psyche. 3 - medium.
4. Orientation. 1 - no difficulties (all the time good marked paths).
The grading system for hiking and scrambling routes is here.
OverviewA very nice route on one of the most panoramic summits of Southern Carnic Alps. Due to the high starting point the tour is short and can be done in half of a day. It is highly recommended to combine the summits of Monte Bivera and Clapsavon in one round tour.
Getting ThereSee the main page of Monte Bivera and its parent pages how to get to Casera di Razzo!
Route DescriptionFrom Casera di Razzo we walk some 1 h to Casera Chiansaveit. By bike it can take considerably less.
From the hut of Chiansaveit we go by the path No. 212 a bit further towards the SE, till the end of the meadow. There a good path enters the larch forrest and soon starts crossing the northern slopes of Monte Bivera towards the East. It ascends only slowly. Only when reaching the northern ridge of Monte Bivera, which comes down on the bump of Monte Rigoladis, 1738 m, the path turns right and ascends more and more steeply towards the south. On the left we first see down on the big scree slopes (Sabbie Bianche), then we ascend through one or two passages between interesting bumps and reach the grassy slopes, which end above in the high valley between Monte Bivera and Clapsavon.
On the upper part of meadows the path looks to branch. Marks go by the bottom of the valley, but the path soon almost disappears, while towards the left, below the walls of Monte Bivera a well beaten path goes, but there the soft rubble starts already low and the path might be more tedious. In any case, the higher we go, the more unpleasant steep rubble slopes become. It is best to go up on the path, reach the rocks below the main ridge, there the path turns left through a broad passage which opens, and soon we are on Forcella del Bivera, 2330 m. The big southern panorama opens, but continue to the left, you'll enjoy it fully from the top.
The path below the western ridge is at first quite steep, we scramble a little, taking care to choose the best passages. Later it gets easier and only just below the top there are again a few steeper rocks to overcome.