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La Colletta - Rifugio Carmagnola

La Colletta is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.840m (9,317ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.

The rough track to the refuge is gravel, very steep, with some narrow sections. In many places this old military road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Some people find this track just too daunting. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
Do not travel this pass in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road is really rough. The last part of the road is extremely dangerous, and the road often disappears due to landslides. This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain.
At the summit there’s a mountain refuge called Rifugio Carmagnola. The hut was built after an abandoned military barrack. The last 100 meters of the road are extremely narrow. Very challenging.
Pic: Giovanni Mirgovi

 

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