Barma mountain hut - Niel
Alta Via no. 1Stage 4
Difficulties:EE - Expert Excursionists
Departure:Barma mountain hut (2062 m)
Arrival:Niel (1550 m)
Difference in level:+1416 m -1919 m
Duration coming back:9h05
Trail sign:alta via 1
Description of the route
From the Barma hut, go back along the same route down towards the valley, until you come to a fork.
Take right here along a long, easy traverse which runs across two minor cols and leads to the Pierre Blanche and Marmontana pastures.
Go across the Col Marmontana into the wild, deep Tourison valley, where the path winds steeply down towards the plain of Lake Chiaro (Leikier).
Once past the lake, at a lock, go down along the main path to the Mianda pasture.
Here, turn right and go up again in the direction of the attractive rocky opening known as “Crenna dou Leui”.
After the steep crest, the route goes rapidly down to the stony ground below.
From here, a long, winding stretch starts out amid stony ground, little lakes and roches montonnées, where the route becomes less clear, although it is well indicated.
After a long traverse, the route takes upwards again towards the Colle della Vecchia pass.
A pyramidshaped sign indicates the option of reaching the Della Vecchia Hut, in Piemonte; the alternative is to continue the itinerary and head for Niel.
After a stretch carved out into the rock, keep right at the fork in the path and continue at altitude until you reach the ridge.
From here, continue on through the vegetation of the shaded mountainside that leads to the Grignatz desor pasture.
Take left again at the next fork and, after you cross the torrent, go up an iron ladder and continue until you reach the houses of Kocia.
The path leads into thick conifer wood, crosses a wooden bridge, and after a final flight of steps crosses a humpback bridge that leads to the Walser village of Niel, where you will find a stop-off point and a restaurant.