16 May 2024 – 5 September 2024
Arrival in Santhià. Departure for the first stage of the walk.
From Santhià we will walk a piece of the Via Francigena, the famous and ancient Italian way that reaches Rome. After passing through the village of Cavaglià we reach Roppolo, where there is an imposing castle with a beautiful view of Lake Viverone.
The stage is easy but not very shady, so in hot weather we will protect ourselves well by taking a good supply of water with us, as the only water supply point and presence of bars and supermarkets is in Cavaglià.
On the second stage we will ride through the wooded hills of the Serra d’Ivrea, Europe’s largest moraine amphitheatre. Our first stop is at the Ricetto di Viverone, the ancient fortified village from which there is a beautiful view of the Ivrea moraine amphitheatre and Lake Viverone.
After ascending to the village of Zimone, we will stop and visit the Monastery of Bose, continue on to the ancient village of Magnano, with another well-preserved Ricetto, and from here along paths hidden in the woods to Torrazzo.
In the summer season there may be many mosquitoes at this stage, while water supplies and bars can be found in Zimone, Magnano and Torrazzo.
We are on the third stage. We take the tarmac road again in the direction of the centre of Sala Biellese. Near the provincial road to Torrazzo, we take a path that leads into the woods, and after a few kilometres we can admire the beautiful Cossavella lake.
From here we leave the Serra Morena to reach Donato, where it is possible to refuel with water and do some shopping, before tackling a series of rather demanding gradients that lead to the Sanctuary of Graglia, on the slopes of Mombarone, the watershed between Piedmont and Val d’Aosta.
The route runs along the side of Mombarone and descends on a mule track until it crosses the Elvo river, before ascending again towards the historic centre of Sordevolo.
From here, among woods and pastures, we enjoy beautiful views of the Po valley, as far as Favaro. We then tackle the challenging D1 trail, which climbs towards the final destination of the walk, the spectacular Oropa Sanctuary, nestled in the mountains in a small valley of the Biellese Alps.
Water supplies, bars and refreshments are available at Sordevolo and Favaro.
In the rucksack (Easter to November)
It is not necessary to carry a sleeping bag or sack. Here is a list of things to bring on the Camino di Oropa:
2 technical T-shirts
1 cotton T-shirt
Shorts for the night
Microfibre towel (dries quickly)
A kway or cape
A small bottle of shampoo
A little washing-up liquid, 4 clothes pegs for hanging out, two safety pins for hanging out on the rucksack
Backpack cover for possible rain
Phone power cable and possible spare battery
Medicine and Compeed
Sun cream and mosquito repellent
Light, lightweight, breathable shoes are recommended in the height of summer. In spring and autumn, however, it is better to have waterproof shoes. It will depend almost exclusively on the weather whether you choose and prefer boots to lightweight shoes.
320€ per person
Upon reaching 10 participants
THE FEE INCLUDES:
Guide 24 h
THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Transfers to and from Santhià;
Extras and everything not indicated in ‘the fee includes’.
Entry fee 30€