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In these pages you will the basic information required for hiking, trekking and climbing trips to one of the most loved mountains in the Cottian Alps: Monviso, the protagonist of our horizon, familiar and recognisable from the whole of the Po Valley. A must for those who love the Alps.
Enjoy the site, and above all, enjoy your mountaineering!

The Location.

The Quintino Sella Refuge is situated between Great Lake of Viso (Lake Grande di Viso) and Lake Costagrande (Lago Costagrande), in a suggestively beautiful position at the foot of Monviso. Serving as a convenient point of departure for climbing the Normal Route (through the Sagnette Pass - Passo delle Sagnette) and the Eastern Crest (from the nearby Viso Col - Colle di Viso); as a practical stop over on the very manageable round trip of Monviso (Giro del Viso); and as the destination of many pleasant walks, the Sella Refuge is one of the oldest and most frequented structures in these Alps. It is likely you will meet walkers and climbers of many different nationalities on the footpaths, and with some luck even come across the splendid examples of local fauna (Ibex, Chamois, Marmot and Lanza’s Alpine Salamander, a species endemic to the Monviso Massif).

Technical Information.

Altitude 2,640 m.a.s.l
Location Crissolo (Province of Cuneo) – Italy; GPS coordinates: N44 39.937 E7 06.592
Owner Central Cai Milano
Administration Sezione Cai Monviso di Saluzzo
Guardian Cembra Partnership, Tranchero family
Opening From June 20th to September 30th; the weather conditions may alter the opening period, we recommend you telephone for confirmation.
No. of beds 83
Services offered Overnight stays in rooms and dormitories
The Refuge provides covers and pillows but not sheets and pillow cases. We remind you that, as in all the CAI refuges, the use of a sheet bag is compulsory: anyone arriving without may purchase one at the Refuge.
Internal and external showers and toilets
Admission fee for use of the external showers. The Refuge does not supply towels but they may be rented as required.
Bar and restaurant service
We kindly ask that you communicate in advance any food intolerances and allergies, or special dietary requirements.
Camping with tents is permitted, we kindly ask that you speak to the proprietors for information about the areas allocated.
Information service for walkers and climbers on the conditions of the paths and climbing routs.
First aid and small pharmacy
Mountain rescue point
Public telephone
Use of which must be limited to brief and necessary communications. We remind you that there is no network coverage for mobile phones at the refuge.
Mountain radio
The Refuge SELLA participates is the Mountain Radio Network project and is activated for emergency calls on channel 8-16 of band PMR. The radio name is: “RIFUGIO SELLA”.
Hours Breakfast (1st sitting) from 4.00 to 4,30 (for those climbing Monviso)
Breakfast (2nd sitting) from 7.00 to 8.00
Lunch: from 12.30
Supper: from 19.00 to 20.00
Lights out at 22.00
Bookings Advance bookings for overnight stays are appreciated. We remind you that in accordance with the CAI guidelines, bookings are valid for arrivals up until 18.00. Anyone intending to arrive later must inform the proprietors.
  To protect the environment and to share in the responsibility for doing so, we invite our visitors to take all their own rubbish back with them, leaving the paths and facilities in a respectable condition.
The Refuge is not equipped to host animals.