RIFUGIO EMILIO QUESTA (“Emilio Questa” Hut): Lago delle Portette, 12010 Valdieri (CN) – Italy
Manager: Marco Bassino
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The “Questa” hut is located on the shore of Portette Lake (altitude 2388 meters), above the “Valasco” Valley, in the middle of the Maritime Alps Natural Park. The path leading to the hut begins at Terme di Valdieri, a hamlet of the municipality of Valdieri, in the Province Cuneo (Italy).
Pathway to the hut
From the car-park at Terme di Valdieri an hour’s walk on an unsurfaced road (closed to traffic) leads you to Valasco, a plain where the Savoy family’s former royal hunting lodge (an hut too) is situated.
From here the route continues as a mule track up to an altitude of 2000 meters, where a path leading to the hut branches off by a broken larch (3 hrs walk from the car-park, follow the white and red paint-marks).
From the larch tree you can stay on the mule track which is less steep and passes by the Valscura lake (4 hrs from the car-park in this case).
GPS landmarks & hiking stage places
The hut on OpenStreetMap
The hut on Google Maps
How to get to Terme di Valdieri
If you are coming from the north follow the A6 Torino-Savona motorway to the Fossano exit, then take the SS 231 to Cuneo, from there the SS 20 to Borgo S. Dalmazzo, then drive up the Gesso valley through Valdieri and on to Terme di Valdieri where you can park. Parking areas for cars and motorhomes are available in Terme hamlet.
If you are coming on the motorway from the south follow the A6 to the Mondovì exit and from there follow signs for Cuneo then Borgo S. Dalmazzo, then continuing as indicated above.
If you are coming from Nice or Ventimiglia The Roya Valley is best. Follow signs for colle di Tenda and the SS 20 to Borgo S. Dalmazzo.
By public transport
By train, descend at Cuneo or Borgo San Dalmazzo station, then catch the bus line 82 (operated by Autolinee Nuova Benese) to Terme di Valdieri.
Turin international airport is 160 km away from Terme di Valdieri, Nice international airport (France) is 150 km away, Genoa airport is 170 km away Cuneo airport is 50 km away.