Bivacco Molino

Bivacco Molino - profilo

An easy day trip to reach, all year around, this bivouac at the foot of the Uja di Mondrone rocky wall.  The structure, with a beautiful panorama over the medium and lower Val d’Ala, has sleeping accommodations, complete of mattresses and blankets, for 24 persons.  This bivouac, together with the Gandolfo, makes a first high altitude autonomous overnight stay experience possible.  It is necessary to take water supplies during the climb, as water is not always present in late summer.


Suggested period
All year around, during winter months with snowshoes.
Starting point
Balme - Frazione Molera (1478 m) In wintertime Frazione Chialambertetto (1390 m)
Elevation gain
802 meters
Travel time
2.15 hrs from Molera

Recommended for

  • Hikers
  • Families
  • Snow-shoes


On reaching Chialambertetto hamlet turn right from the county road.  When you reach the hamlet keep the right and follow on the paved road up to a crossroad on your left indicated as GTA and Molera.


One hundred meters before the Molera hamlet, still on the paved road, there is a wooden board with the Molino bivouac description. The trail marked as GTA and 233 starts on your left. You climb steep grass lawns straight away and shortly, by turning to the right, you enter a thick wood.  At the end of the wood itself, after a clearing, at Alpe Pian Bosco (1690 m) you will cross the dirt road that climbs from Mondrone. Following the trail you will again cross the dirt trail: you now follow the 233 signal post. You enter the wood and climb the ridge on the left side of Rio Maian. At the end of the larch wood you will cross a rocky area that takes you to a small rocky wall that has to be circled on the right. You then shortly reach the 2008 m altitude where, keeping to the right and following the 233 direction, you arrive at Alpe Le Piane. By  proceeding at mid slope you cross Rio Maian and then, turning to the left, you climb along the ridge in order to reach a grassy plain. Here you abandon the main trail (233) and turning again to the left, you go up diagonally between big boulders until you reach a hollow where the bivouac stands. The descent is along the same itinerary.


“Escursionismo per tutti” di Roberto Bergamino e Umbro Tessiore Ed. Arti Grafiche San Rocco.


Alte Valli di Lanzo – carta n° 17 L’Escursionista & Monti editori; Valli di Lanzo – carta dei sentieri 3 Val d’Ala e Val Grande

La Piutà

Association promoting Balme which in winter manage, with the co-operation of Balme Town Hall, the Pi...
Read more

C.A.I. Lanzo

Association with over 1.000 members which organize courses, hiking trips, ski mountaineering, mounta...
Read more