Ring Hike to Portette, Claus & Valscura Lakes – Gesso Valley

Ring Hike to Portette, Claus & Valscura Lakes – Gesso Valley

This fairly long circular hike is one of the most spectacular trails of the Maritime Alps, inside the old hunting reserve of king Vittorio Emanuele II.

Starting in the Valasco plateau and following the path of an old military path, we reach the Questa refuge, on the bankside of the beautiful Portette lake. We then get to the Claus and the Valscura lakes. If you enjoy long walks and stunning backdrops, this is one not to miss.

  • Start/End: Terme di Valdieri
  • Length: 20 km
  • Min Elevation: 1,387 m
  • Max Elevation: 2,399 m
  • Total Ascent: 1,450 m
  • Difficulty: E (Hikers)
  • Equipment: Hiking Boots & proper hiking outfit
  • Dogs Allowed: On a leash
Climbing up to the Valasco Plateau taking all the shortcuts we find
On the beautiful Valasco Plateau
Up towards the first lake
Beautiful ex-military paths on the way up
Almost there
Portette Lake – 2,388 m
One of the most majestic lake I’ve seen at this altitude
Claus Lake – 2, 344 m
Doesn’t remind you of a dolphin seen from afar
Paul while contemplating the beauty
A look down towards the valley
Finding this road at 2,300+ m altitude was pretty insane
Towards the last lake
There are no words for this
Valscura Lake – 2,274 m
Quick stop for lunch
On the way down
Beautiful waterfall on the way back to the Valasco Plateau
Back to flat ground

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