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Raid of Western Alps – La via del Sale
A true 7-day adventure, crossing the most beautiful and interesting routes of the entire western alps, between France and Italy.
A unique experience, guided by expert guides who will show you the most hidden corners of the most strategic routes in Europe: “LA VIA DEL SALE”.
LA VIA DEL SALE (THE ROUTE OF SALT)
A great route through the maritime Alp, generally unknown, was an ancient trade route between the Ligurian Sea and the center of Europe. this paths, during the course of centuries, has seen a lot of wars, strating from the Napelon’s period, to first and second world wars.
In this trip we propose the best selection of tracks available, with paths that run for many kilometers above 2000 m above sea level, with the most incredible landscapes of Alps.
To give you an idea of what we propose, we call you some of mountains ports that we’ll do: Assietta, Birrone, Parpaillon, Cannoni, Lys, Bercia, Peyrafica, Collardente, Tanarello, Rucas, Navette, Gilba, Jafferau, Sommelier, Mulo, Mulattiera, Tenda, Sanson Marta, Cento Salti, Marguareis, Redentore, Monti della Luna, Preit
The bike, for all of us is a great passion, most of us becaous of family, work or personal reasons do not have enough time to be able to schedule adventures in quite distant areas.
Another fundamental aspect of an OFFROAD trip, to be great, need at least 80% of unpaved road tracks; this does not mean that it has to be complicated or difficult!
So our mission can be summarized in one sentence: Have fun in the best company! For these reasons we can offer you also a rental service!
You just only have to take a flight to Nice and enjoy!
Apart from all this, we think it is essential that your trip was organized by us to guarantee your TOTAL SECURITY, thatì’s the reason why you will always have a TITLED guide (recognized by the ITALIAN MOTORCYCLE FEDERATION) every 6 participants; a 4 × 4 assistance that also made the luggage transfers every day.
DAY 0: the meeting point is based in IMPERIA
In the hotel, you will encounter our staff, who will take care of the check-in. Before dinner a small BRIEFING will let you know all the staff and have more details about what we will do the next day. Dinner in the city, in the splendid harbour of Imperia, and night in a 4 stars hotel.
DAY 1: Imperia – Limone Piemonte 180 km , 80% offroad
Wake up early in the morning! After a good breakfast at the fantastic 4 star hotel, we will start for the first stage of Alps Raid!
We will arrive to Limone Piemonte, the CORTINA of the Maritime Alps, in the morning, after a great track between Italians and French borders above 2000 m of altitude.
Arrived at the hotel we will recover the suitcases that the 4 × 4 pickup will have transported, a fast control of the motorcycle and a comforting shower. Dinner in the splendid village of Limone and relaxed night in a 3-star hotel.
DAY 2: Limone Piemonte – Capanna Mautino 250 km, 70% ofroad
Another good day of RAID, after a hearty breakfast,we will start in Cuneo’s direction,20 km of paved road and we could start to enjoy:
an unknown small track will reveal the hidden corners of the Gesso valley, about 30 km later we will be in the Stura valley, from here a fun asphalt stretch It will speed up towards the Maddalena hill at 2000 m height.
A quick coffe break overlooking the lake and we will cross back to France, after about ten km of asphalt we will face a new authentic section, the old and exiled road of COLL DU LARCHE, that will allow us to go down to the valley of ubaye very quickly. Just time to catch air and refuel and we’ll launch the attack of the spectacular climb to the Del Parpaillon tunnel at 2800 mt, stop and obligatory group photos!
From the Parpaillon we will descend quickly towards Embrun, in the Durance valley, here a good lunch break will allow us to recharge the batteries.
The rest of the afternoon will be spent crossing the tracks of the splendid forests of the Durance valley, until the fortified town of Briancon.
In the end of the afternoon we will arrive at the Capanna Mautino refuge, on top of Monti della Luna; Dinner in the refuge and night in high mountain !.
DAY 3: Capanna Mautino – Rifugio Scarfiotti 200 km 90% offroad
2000 mt of altitude, fresh air and a good breakfast, it is the best way to start an unforgettable day! We will descend to the valley by paths and trails in the forest of themonti della luna, a small piece of paved road will allow us to reach the foot of the path of Jafferau, an incredible dirt track that will allow us to climb up to the fort with a view to 360 spectacular degrees.
From here the freshest and reckless drivers may go down to Bardonecchia through the ski slopes, The others will do a simpler and safer route.
The group will meet in the Bardonecchia for a quick lunch break, enough time to regain strength and take the bikes to the valley of Rochemolles, a long but fascinating path that will take us to touch the highest point of all the RAID, the glacier of the Sommelier. Once at the Scarfiotti refuge, and with the necessary conditions, we will try to reach the Sommelier point at 3000 mt.
Dinner in refuge to end the day well.
DAY 4: Rigugio Scarfiotti – Paesana 200 km 80% offroad
Awakening in this hidden place of Alpine paradise! It’s amazing!
After spending the night at more than 2500 m … a quick breakfast and we will be ready to start with th descent to Bardonecchia; from here we will go up through the tracks of Camp Smith until we reach the chalet located at the top of the slopes.
Whoever may want to face the climb by a path, a narrow and discreetly technical climb with incredible views in the mythical Chaberton, the others may instead go down to Oulx, the meeting place of the group for lunchtime.
After eating, a short route by road will allow us to climb towards Sestriere and face the mythical road of the Assietta that will close with a splendid view to the fort of Fenestrelle.
Some km of obligatory asphalt and we will return to the roads until arriving at the hotel in Paesana, where we will make a mechanical control of the vehicles, dinner and overnight in Hotel.
DAY 5: Paesana – Limone Piemonte 190 km 90% offroad
Great breakfast as usual, ready to start this intense day, the track will take us to the foot of MONVISO, a few km of a technical section will allow us to go down to the valle Varaita for a good launch.
The second part of the day will tart with climing to the BIRRONE, here we will do the famous way of the canyons, to the hill of Sapeyre and then down in the Maira valley.
A narrow road will take us to the beginning of the incredible path of the Gardetta: 30 km at 2000 m of altitude that will allow us to go down to Demonte.
A coffeebreack and we will descend along the trails to get back to Limone Piemonte on the sunset at the hotel on the second day, dinner in the town.
DAY 6:Limone Piemonte – Imperia 180 km 80% offroad
Last day of the trip, we will start with a climb towards the colle di Tenda, here a obligatory stop to take a photo in the central fort, and we will take the way of the Cabanaira at 2400 m. A quick pause to recover and allow the passage to Monesi, there we will face one of the most beautiful sections of our long journey, the MARGUAREIS area.
Coffee breack at the rifugio Don Barbera with its incredible views of the montains of the colle del lago dei signori, and we will return to Monesi through the forest of Le Navette.
We will arrive at noon at the El Redentore fork; we will have a picnic on the top of the Sacarello with incredible views of the ligurian sea!
From here we will descend towards the Imperia valley, walking little unknown paths. Arrival at the hotel in Imperia at the end of the afternoon, ending the day with a dinner in the center of the city.
DAY 7: End of the game
Plentiful breakfast after a comforting night in the splendid 4 star hotel that will have welcomed us the first night will officialy end this great adventure.
CLIMATE AND TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
This tour start from the sea level, to reach 3000 m, so do not forget to bring waterproof and technical equipment to protect you from the fresh mornings.
here are also two nights in refuge, so we recommend you bring a microfiber towel and what is necessary for personal hygiene;
if you think it necessary, you can also bring a sleeping bag (always for the nights in shelter), if not, there is the possibility of buying disposable sheets to sleep.
Do not forget the swimsuit either, because if the weather conditions allow it, we can enjoy a swim in a small river or in the ligurian sea.
MOTORCYCLE AND BAGGAGE
Our philosophy, as we have said in more occasions, is to enjoy in safe and optimizing times, so you do NOT have to carry any suitcase on the bike.
Our assistance pickup will take care of taking the bags and spare parts from one stage to the next, so that we can enjoy driving.
This means that a bit of mud or unexpected rain will not be a nightmare (especially for large maxitrail), and that it will therefore be possible to participate in this magnificent tour with small bikes, even the light enduro bike.
For this last type of motorcycle no change will be necessary in terms of autonomy, we will always have available a large network of gas stations, and when they are not available, our assistance vehicles will be available to transport some gas cans .
For anyone who has an offroad vehicle: light enduro, maxitrail, quad or 4 × 4, the organization will look for the best way to manage the pilots in order to have homogeneous small groups to enjoy and have fun.
The characteristics of the route also make it suitable for those who have little practice in Offroad driving, some sections are NOT ADAPTED FOR MOTORCYCLES OF SUPERMOTARD TYPE, so we advise against participation. If you have doubts about the possibility of participating, do not hesitate to contact us.