Malinvern

moutain ride, between the highest pics of Franch-italian south alps, stoping at the Valdieri hot springs hotel

Malinvern
4 Days- 650€

August - 24-27/22

First of all, the horses engage towards the Molière valley. The riders evolve among the larches and the fir trees. The tracks lend themselves to the paces. The arrival at the col of the Mercière announces the crossing of the Isola 2000 ski resort. The crossed stone drains reveal the agility of the cavalry. The famous col of the Lombarde underlines the fronter and unveils a landscape of Italian alpine pasture : mountains shaven by the grazing calves. A soft path leads to the Santa Anna di Vinadio monastery, an important place of pilgrimage in the Southern Alps ; a mystic night is preparing. The fowolling day, it’s the Italian mountain. A path in the pasture meadows gently goes up to the death pass. And there, the mountain reveals its surprise : it’s an immense descent which is announced, nearly 1000 meters of uneven. The small valley of Malinvern is magical, a real painting offered to the riders, like those meditative romantic works of the German painters of the 19th century. The contemporary refuge at the foot of the mount Malinvern (3000m) offers one telluric night. The following day is a lake day, on the one and the other side of the col of Valescure, then the descent near the hunting lodge, then the thermal baths of Valdieri. This thermal complex goes back to first half of the 16th century. In 1588, the municipality of Valdieri raises up the first bath institution frequently used in 1755 by the king Charles Emannuel III. The 34 degrees’ sulfurous water and the copious dinner at the hotel nicely help you to recover for two days of ride. The last day, the crossing is done by the “Fremamorte” in the shade of the Argentera at 3400 meters, and then the dry valley and its turquoise-water lakes… Amazing. The col of Frémamorte at 2600 meters foreshadows the French frontera and the end of the adventure, by the Molière valley and the col of Salèse.