Ring Hike of the 5 Lakes of Stura Valley

Ring Hike of the 5 Lakes of Stura Valley

My mum in law came over from London, so naturally we gave her a warm (and a bit tiring) welcome taking her on a hike with us. This beautiful route starts just before the Colle della Maddalena – at the border between Italy and France – in Stura Valley.

From the parking lot the path in unmarked, so we have to scramble up to find a trail in the larch wood that leads us towards the Pra di Bals pass – 2,248 m. After descending into the opposite valley near a shepherd hut we join the now marked path which takes us to the lower lake of Roburent – 2,330 m – then to the median – 2,355 m – and finally to the superior lake of Roburent – 2,428 m – the best one of the whole trip and listed amongst the top ones in Italy. Once we reach the Roburent pass we descend towards the fourth lake – the Lac de l’ Oronaye 2,411 m – to return to the Colle della Maddalena. We continue the route on the opposite side of the state road to flank the fifth lake, Lago della Maddalena, before closing the ring.

  • Start/End: Colle della Maddalena
  • Length: 17 km
  • Min Elevation: 1,871 m
  • Max Elevation: 2,502 m
  • Total Ascent: 850 m
  • Difficulty: EE (Expert Hikers)
  • Equipment: Hiking Shoes and proper hiking outfit
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes
Pra di Bals pass
Rio Roburent
Lower lake of Roburent – 2,330 m.
Median lake of Roburent – 2,355 m
Superior lake of Roburent – 2,428 m
Lac de l’ Oronaye – 2,411 m
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