Difficulties:E - Excursionist
from 01/01 to 31/03
Departure:ISSIME: Strada per San Grato (1145 m)
Arrival:San Grato - Chröiz (1667 m)
Difference in level:305 m
Duration coming back:1h45
How to get there
Pont-Saint-Martin motorway exit. Drive up along the Gressoney valley as far as Issime where you turn left near Cugna. Follow the narrow lane till you come to the no-thoroughfare sign: park you car on the side of the road.
Stunningly beautiful route among the Walser settlements of the San Grato valley.
Description of the route
Walk along the lane which, along a series of turns, goes uphill cutting the rough rocky section at the narrow start of the Scheity valley. After about 1 hour, you come across the start to a mule track (marked with an A on a yellow background). Continue along the mule track until you reach the Walser settlements of Tschukkjni and Benecoadi: the climb becomes more gradual and you emerge from the wood.
You go past a junction and again start climbing up the ridge between sparse larch trees and low bushes; after a few turns you continue across the mountainside going southwards towards your destination. Make your way across a small settlement and again you find some handrails that help with your orientation, climbing up the last ridge which leads you to a point opposite the spectacular Bühl rascards: turn left and then you soon come to the small characteristic church of San Grato – Chröiz (1667 m).
You start the downhill path, by taking the farm road that begins near the last group of buildings at the top of the village. Follow the path until you reach the starting point.