Another two-header, six weeks after my trip to Macugnaga and Valmalenco but this time I’ll write them up as two separate trips. Nivolet is further west in the Italian Alps and is easily accessible from Turin, although it’s better to go before the free bus from Ceresole Reale stops running early in September. I chose Nivolet as a result of the Meyes trail (see Trail 177, Valle d’Aosta). I had seen up the Nivolet Valley from that trail and liked what I saw: high mountains clustered around a high mountain pass. From reading Gillian Price’s ‘Walking in Italy’s Gran Paradiso’, Walk 24, I learnt that there were two rifugi there and that there is a seductive trail around Lakes Rossett and Leita. On further inspection of my map, I could see four other trails which could be done from either rifugio.

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