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Punta di Verzel
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Punta di Verzel

 
Punta di Verzel

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Torino, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.47741°N / 7.65099°E

Object Title: Punta di Verzel

County: Canavese

Activities: Hiking, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 7894 ft / 2406 m

 

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Created/Edited: Aug 29, 2009 / Aug 29, 2009

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Overview

In the western part of the Alps, the Pre-Alps are usually higher (1600-2700m) than in the rest of the chain, where the hills replace the foggy plans of Pianura Padana and then become progressively more and more higher mountains.
In the West Alps, instead, the distance between the plan and the first mountains is often short.
Punta Verzel is the highest summit of the Western Pre-Alps, its southern side falls down directly to the plan of Canavese, and for this reason it is visible from almost all the Turin Province.
From its summit the 360° view has a contrasting effect: looking towards north, the view space on the typical alpine landscape of Graian and Pennine Alps and the not so far Gran Paradiso capture the eye; the landscape towards south is completely different, with the often foggy plans of the wide Po Valley (Pianura Padana) and the far profiles of Cotian-Maritime Alps and Ligurian-Tuscanian Apennines.
It belongs to a chain of summits usually called “Bella dormiente” (in english should be "Beauty dormant"), because its skyline looks like to the profile of a lied down woman and Verzel represents the feet. 
 Bella dormiente  chain at the sunset
Bella dormiente at sunset
 
Summit of Verzel
The summit

It can be climbed without difficulties from each side; most of people climb the SSE side, thanks to the shortest and easiest route. Following the same itinerary, it can be reached by ski in winter, paying a lot of attention to the steepness of the slopes.

Getting There

By car
From Torino to Castelnuovo Nigra: Road “S.S.460” towards Cuorgnè and Ceresole Reale as far as Cuorgnè, turn right and drive along Valle Sacra following the signs to Castelnuovo Nigra.
From Milano to Castelnuovo Nigra : Highway A5 direction Aosta, take exit “Ivrea”, Road “S.S.460” drive towards Cuorgnè and Ceresole Reale then exit “Castellamonte”, then get Castellamonte and follow the the signs to Castelnuovo Nigra.

By bus
GTT Company has a bus service from Castellamonte to Castelnuovo Nigra.

When To Climb

Hiking: Usually from April to November, depends from the presence of snow; usually autumn is more dry so it’s recommended.
Ski-mountaineering: from December from March, depends from the snow conditions.
More information could be found @ Gulliver
Punta Verzel in winter
 

Where to stay

Various accommodations in Valle Sacra; Call >Tourist Office.

Huts

Rifugio Fornetto (2130m)
Stark but confortable hut along the normal route to Verzel.

Routes overview

Normal route on SE side
Height difference: 1682m (or …m); 5-6 (or 3) hours
Difficulty: easy hiking
Approach: From Castelnuovo Nigra follow the signs to “Sale, Cappella visitazione”, driving on a steep and tight paved road. The paved road ends in correspondence of a church called “Cappella Visitazione” but you can pursue on a dirt track for few kilometres and park the car when its conditions are too bad; usually it happens in correspondence of Alpe Frera 1452m. but, using an off-road veichle, you can reach the altitude of 1850m of an abandoned quartz pit.
Hiking itinerary: Follow the dirt track up to the quartz pit; from here starts a footpath marked with red and white paint signs. In about 1 hour it reaches a bivouac called “Rifugio Fornetto” (2130m) and continues, well traced, on steep slopes up to the summit cross.
 
Punta di Verzel
The dirt track

Books and Maps

Books:
Valchiusella a piedi - Matteo Antonicelli
Maps:
IGC 1/50000 Ivrea Biella Bassa Valle d’Aosta

Mountain conditions

Weather forecasts:
Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta Weather
Piemonte Weather and Snow conditions
Avalanches bulletins.

Images

"Bella dormiente" chain at the sunsetVerzel at sunrisePunta VerzelPunta Verzel in winterPunta di VerzelSeen from CanavesePunta di Verzel
Punta VerzelPunta di VerzelSummit of Verzel