Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II
|Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II
Refuge Victor-Emmanuel II
CAI Hut Category C
|Mountain range||Graian Alps|
|Regions||Gran Paradiso National Park|
|owner||Italian Alpine Club|
|Built||1884; Rebuilding: 1910; New building: 1954|
|Usual opening times||Mid-March to mid-May, mid-June to mid-September|
|accommodation||0 beds, 104 camps , 48 emergency camps|
|Winter room||48 bearings|
The Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele II (Italian) or Refuge Victor-Emmanuel II (French) is a refuge of the Turin section of the Italian Alpine Club and is located in the Graian Alps at an altitude of It is named after the Italian King Victor Emmanuel II. In 1854 he acquired the area of today's Gran Paradiso National Park as a hunting ground and guarded it closely, thereby helping to protect the ibex .
The hut is located on the east side of the Valsavarenche valley on the Montcorvé plateau by a small lake. Its design is reminiscent of an “airship hall”, a half-ton with an aluminum roof. This hut and the Chabod-Shutzhütte a little further north are the most frequently used bases for climbing the Gran Paradiso .
The original hut was built in 1884 and rebuilt and expanded in 1910. In 1954 a new hut was built just below, which in turn was expanded and rebuilt in 1963. The old hut still exists and serves as winter quarters and emergency camp . New and old hut have the same name and both belong to the Turin section of the CAI.
The climb to the hut begins in Pont, a district of Valsavarenche , at the end of the road through the Valsavarenche valley. First it goes further into the valley in a southerly direction. Soon after a stream descending in waterfalls, the path leads east up the slope, first through light forest, later over meadows and moraine terrain . For the ascent from Pont, which does not show any technical difficulties, 2½ hours are estimated.
The following peaks can be reached from the hut:
- Gran Paradiso ( Grand Paradis ) (4061 m)
- Becca de Montcorvé (3875 m)
- Charforon (3640 m)
- Becca de Montchair (3544 m)
- Mont Tresenta (3609 m)