FONTANAZZO - VAL DE GREPA - PIAN DE SELE - CIAMPAC - ALBA DI CANAZEI
Excursions in the side valleys
Leave Fontanazzo on Strèda de l’Albolina and cross the river Avisio. Turn left and then immediately right onto path no. 645, which leads directly into the wood. The climb begins and you will pass an iron cross. There is a succession of steep bends and after an hour of climbing you will come to the meadow at Duì (1,771 m; 1 hour) where there are a few wooden huts. The path is now flat and leads to the Ruf de Grepa. Then there is another steep section of path which winds up through the trees. You will reach a gate and then suddenly you will be in the high pastures of the Val de Grepa. Now the path proceeds gently through the huts and barns. The valley is flanked by stone pine woods, and the skyline is dominated by the black summit of the Crepa Neigra mountain. Go on to the end of the valley and then you will begin to climb again. You will come to a working dairy, and then the path zigzags up to the Pian de Sele (2 hrs; 3 hrs). The path is easy down the other side to the Ciampac basin (2,152 m) (45 mins; 3 hrs 45). From here take the cabin-lift down to Alba (Dèlba).