The Monte Mars is a mountain 2600 meters high, that belongs to the alpi Biellesi, is the highest summit, despite the top is situated part in Biellese and part in Aosta Valley.
The whole area is actually Natural Park; a part from this top, there are in the park also a few nice lakes.
To reach the area there are a few way; one of them starts from the Gressoney Valley; follow the motorway Torino-Aosta, exit Pont San Martin (very interesting roman bridge), direction Gressoney; after the village of Fontainemore, turn right following the sign Pilaz (15 minutes after the bridge). Here you can park, and walk up for the first part of the non asphalted road built for the farmers.
When To Climb
You can hike or climb the Monte Mars from July to October
In the area is forbidden; in the park there is the rifugio Delfo e Agostino Coda, tel. 015 2562405, or 015 590905.
Is in a very nice position at the foot of the most important climbing way for the Monte Mars, named Cresta dei Carisey, second degree, only one pass third degree inf., named the "dado" (a couple of hours from the refuge, AD-)
The Gressoney valley is a particular one, with a very nice architecture and a population of german origin named Walser, that speaks a very old language, and has particular traditions.