• Stage 2

    Lillianes - Fontainemore

    Cammino Balteo

Lillianes - Fontainemore

Resorts: Fontainemore, Lillianes

A fairly demanding stage from Lillianes to Fontainemore, giving walkers an opportunity to sample the Alta Via 1. The trek offers breathtaking scenery and extensive views over the surrounding valleys and peaks; it then passes by tiny “gems” of villages and returns to the banks of the Lys.

Technical Information

Route

From the centre of Lillianes, the trail heads upwards fairly steeply, towards the Sassa mountain pasture. The route then turns north, gradually descending from high plateaus to rural villages. From the sunny Coumarial terrace, gateway to the Mont Mars Nature Reserve, the trail passes small clusters of houses, and skims the first section of the route taken by the pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Oropa. The stage passes near the “ecomuseum of the medium altitude mountain areas” and crosses the beautiful village of Farettaz with an interesting rural architecture.

Surrounded by woods and traversed by the river Lys, Fontainemore greets visitors with its picturesque medieval bridge and the charming church of Sant’Antonio Abate, built on the rock beside the river. Well worth a visit is the Gouffres de Guillemore, an extremely deep ravine between the rocks, with a truly impressive waterfall.

Duration going there

6h40

Duration coming back

6h25

Length

16.661 m

Recommended times

from 01/05 to 31/10

Difficulties

E - Excursionist

Difference in level

+1133 m -1098 m

See also

Parks and reserves

Mont Mars nature reserve

Fontainemore

The Mont Mars nature reserve was established in 1994. It covers 300 hectares and is located at the head of the Pacoulla stream valley. Follow the farm road from the Pillaz hamlet to the Vargno alp to reach the edge of the reserve. Continue following the …