Page Type Page Type: Hut/Campground
Location Lat/Lon: 45.32180°N / 7.10850°E
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Elevation: 8724 ft / 2659 m


The Bartolomeo GASTALDI hut is the mian hut of Valli di Lanzo. It is build near the large basin called Crot del Ciausiné, not far from the SE face of Bessanese, and is composed by two buildings.
The new hut with 70 beds, restaurant service, toilets and showers, open with a keeper from 01/04 to 15/09 and the old one with 20 beds always open, used as winter hut.

Gastaldi hut and Bessanese
 Gastaldi hut and Bessanese

Owner: Italian Alpine Club (CAI) section of Turin – via Barbaroux n°1, 10122 Turin, Italy.
Keeper: Roberto Chiosso
Refuge Contacts:
Opening period: phone +39 0123 565008
Contacts rest of the year: phone +39 348 7119154
Web cam: Gastaldi webcam


From Pian della Mussa - Diff. F, 2-2.30 h, 830 m.
Gastaldi hut access

Pian della Mussa - where you can find car park, a couple of small bar/restaurants and the refuge Città di Ciriè (reachable by car), nearly the end of the road there is a visible signpoint for "Rif. Gastaldi" (trail number "222"). Follow the indications (red painted signpoints and pyramid of stones), cross the torrent Stura over a bridge in direction of Rocca Venoni, a big stone, behind it there is a typical stone made house locally called “alpe” or “gias”. Proceed on a steep slope on the right bank (hydrographic, left bank mounting) of the Canale delle Capre and ascent on S direction crossing the plain called Pian dei Morti and overcome the alpine pasture Gias della Naressa - 1 h. Proceed following the indications on S direction in a slowly ascent, the path cut a long grassy slope, then turn right and continue on a sequence of turning, overcome some steep rocks and reach the basin called Crot del Ciausiné and in a few minutes reach the Gastaldi Hut.
Gastaldi hut
 Gastaldi hut

Getting There

From Turin motorway A55 exit Venaria Reale follow indications for Lanzo Torinese and go on through Germagnano and Ceres, here you enter in Val d'Ala, continue passing Ala di Stura and Balme and reach Pian della Mussa (1830 m.) where the road ends (78 km from Turin).

Red Tape

There are no fees or permits.
Pay parking at Pian della Mussa, at the start of the route to Rifugio Gastaldi, there are no limitations for climbing and hiking. No problem for one night free camping, take care of nature as usual!


The old hut was build in 1880 and dedicated to Bartolomeo Gastaldi, a famous Italian geologist and president of Italian Alpine Club from 1864 to 1872.
Bartolomeo Gastaldi
 Bartolomeo Gastaldi

In the 1903 the CAI section of Turin start the building of a big hotel hut near the other one, and open it in the next year, but only four years later it was quite completely destroyed by the fire unintentionally broke out from some alpinists. Two years later in 1910 the hut was rebuild exactly as before. In October 1944 the Nazi-fascist set another fire during the fight with the Partisan troupes, that use it as base for reach the France.
It takes a long time to re-built the lodge, in those years alpinists used the old and rustic hut, but in 1970 the new hut was opened, and it remained quite the same as today.

Base for

The ascents to:
Uja di Ciamarella
(3676 m), Albaron di Savoia (3627 m),
Bessanese (3604 m), Piccola Ciamarella (3540 m), Punta Chalanson (3466 m), Punta Collarin (3475 m),
Punta Maria
(3315 m).
Uja di Ciamarella in the background.
 Uja di Ciamarella

The excursions to: Refuge d’Avérole (2210 m) FRANCE from Colle d’Arnas (3010 m) or from Passo del Collerin (3207 m), Rifugio Cibrario (2616 m), Lago della Rossa (2697 m), Lago di Bessanetto (2794 m), Lago del Crotas (2762 m)

Mountain Conditions

You can get whether forecast at this site: official site of the Regione Piemonte

Books and Maps

- G. Berruto, L. Fornelli " Guida dei Monti d'Italia - Alpi Graie Meridionali" Club Alpino Italiano/Touring Club Italiano (1980). (Italian)
google books - Guida dei Monti d'Italia - Alpi Graie Meridionali

- IGC- Istituto Geografico Centrale
N° 103, 1:25.000
Rocciamelone Uja Di Ciamarella Le Levanne
- ASF- Alpi senza frontiere / Alps without frontiers (IGN Institute Geographique National)
N° 13, 1:25.000
Mont-Cenis Ciamarella
- IGC- Istituto Geografico Centrale
N° 2, 1:50.000
Valli di Lanzo e Moncenisio



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