Lago Miserin route
dal 01/06 to 30/09
Departure:Chardonney (1443 mt.)
Arrival:Chardonney (1443 mt.)
Difference in level:1100 m
Description of the route
Technical difficulty: medium/difficult
Physical difficulty: medium
Type of route: mixed asphalt, dirt, path
From Pont-Saint-Martin, State Road 26 in the direction of Aosta, go past Bard and turn towards the Champorcher valley, go past Hône, Pontboset in order to reach Champorcher, Chardonney area with cable car facilities.
This is a medium difficulty itinerary for discovering the mountains of the upper Champorcher valley. The upper part of the route reaches the Mont Avic Park and for a good part of the downhill stretch follows the mule tracks called “Strada Reale di caccia” (hunting road).
From the square with the Champorcher cable car facilities (picnic area), the journey on mountain bike begins. The departure involves tracing back along the Regional Road in direction of the main town of Champorcher (1443 metres above sea level). On reaching the car park near the fountain you turn left in the direction of the Mont-Blanc and Dodena areas. The asphalt road rises with a series of large hairpin bends until the entrance of the Barbustel Mountain Hut and the Mont Avic Regional Park come into view (1768 metres above sea level at 4.80 km). This marks the start of the dirt road that leads to Dodena via a path through the mountains (at 9.40km). Next to the sign containing information on the areas and the peaks of the zone, you have to take the road that descends towards the little bridge allowing you to cross the Ayasse Stream (2107 metres above sea level at 9.70km). Once you have crossed the bridge, the road becomes steeper, and after passing a few buildings, you come upon the stretch leading to the Dodena Mountain hut (2185 metres above sea level at 10.60km) where during the summer months you can take a break (there is a fountain near the hut). After passing the refuge, continue on the “strada reale di caccia” towards Lake Miserin. The road becomes again steeper and more unbalanced until you reach a plain (2414 metres above sea level at 14.20 km) from which the crossroads leading to the Finestra di Champortcher and Col di Pontonet are visible. Turning left and following the “strada reale” again close to the new path carved in stone. There is another hundred metres of quite sustained descent and then you find yourself pedalling within view of the Miserin Mountain Hut and Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Nevi (Our Lady of Snows) that flank Lake Miserin. At this point, you have reached the route’s destination. However, the fun trip is not yet over for those who are good at handling mountain bikes: on the narrow, bumpy path you can in fact perform the complete trip of the beautiful alpine lake that on calm days becomes a beautiful deep turquoise colour. On beginning the return descent, you follow the uphill route on the dirt road until the Dodena Mountain Hut and then reach the bridge on the Ayasse stream. At this point, as well as journeying along the farm road that takes a right turn onto a beautiful clearly marked path in the middle of the pastures, signposted with stone plates stuck into the ground vertically and displaying yellow arrows, leading to the orographic left side of the valley. After reaching the Creton and Brenveri houses, you turn left to begin the descent on the “Strada reale”, a beautiful mule track that crosses again the Ayasse stream with two bridges close together in the departure area of a cable car facility. A brief uphill stretch crosses the return slope of the skiing facilities where you begin to descend again on the mule track whose base, partly covered in engraves stone and partly unbalanced, makes it difficult to descend. You then continue on the mule track with a stone and cement base until the valley that ends, after stretches that are also quite steep, leading to the Chardonney hamlet of Champorcher, the start point.
(Please note that descent along the “strada Reale di Caccia” is not suggested for families who are instead advised to return following the itinerary used for the ascent to Lake Miserin).