Maximum Height: 1746 m
Height difference: 96 m
Climbing time: 3,5 h
Difficulty: Easy walking path
Mapping: Fraternali n.1 1 :25.000 Alta Valle Susa
The refuge of Chardouse is accessible by car through the road that takes to the Vazon village, or it is possible to follow a nice path from Oulx or from Amazas
By car: From Highway A32 to Bardonecchia, exit Oulx-Est, follow signs of city centre. Cross the bridge over the Dora Riparia and take the Via Cotolivier and follow the road for 7 km, park outside the village, the refuge is situated near the church
-From Oulx there are600 m of height difference, 6 km to go, 2 hours of an easy path: follow the signs marked with “G” at the very first part of Via Cotolivier and pass near the village of Pierremenaud.
-From the village of Amazas at about 5 km south direction from Oulx,(there is a bus connection) 470 m height difference, 5 km to go, 1 hour and a half of an easy path. After the Amazas village take left the dirt road until the village of Soubras. At the fountain take left following the signs to Vazon.
Itinerary in the hamlets of Lozet-Autagnas and Soubras
The path starts and arrives at refuge La Chardouse. Going out from
the village of Vazon (1650 m) follow the signs to “Lozet –
Desertes”. It starts in a path that cross the dirty road coming
from Vazon, continues to go up on the left
Follow the signs “Lozet”, the path goes down and then continues up on the mountain through a pine and larch wood until the little village of Lozet (1746 m) located on a spectacular balcony to the Chaberton mountain.
Lozet presents lots of houses with the original wood shingles roof.
Follow the sign on the left to “Desertes”, after the fountain. This part of the path is a little bit difficult for the presence of a lot of rocks. Continue the path near some isolated ruined houses that are interesting from the architectural point of view and follow the sign “Autagnas” (1676 m). Cross it and do not miss the little church, then continue to go down the rocked path on the left side and follow the sign “Soubras – Vazon “ Some yellow signs on the trees guide you to Soubras (1477m ). In the little village do not miss the fountain and then take left, follow the sign “Vazon”.
Curiosity: there is a nice church dedicated to Saint Barnabas located where a roman necropolis was found.