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Carcoforo (VC) - Rima S.Giuseppe
Monte Rosa
Parco naturale Alta Valsesia
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Stage point (start or end of stage)
Intermediate accommodation possibility
Town, village
Other locality

Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
Bank / cash dispenser
Open automobile access

A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

Stroll / tourism (broad, non-exposed trail)
Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
D14 Carcoforo » Rifugio Ferioli
  |   7h50   |   11.3 km   |   1565 m   |   665 m

This is a long stage involving substantial altitude differences. It can be divided into two parts, spending one night at Rima. From Carcoforo, the trail climbs to the Termo pass and then goes down significantly to Rima. There is a second long climb to the Mud pass, and nearby is the Ferioli hut.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1304 m
| D  3.7 km / 3h15
Colle del Termo
2351 m
| C  3.4 km / 1h40
1411 m
| D  3.6 km / 2h45
Colle Mud
2330 m
| D  0.6 km / 0h10
Rifugio Ferioli
2264 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
The trail partly follows the route of GTA route 249 from Carcoforo to Rima.
Useful topographic maps
  • 10 ~ ICG Monte Rosa, Alagna e Macugnaga (1: 50000)
  • 85 ~ KOMPASSMonte Rosa (1: 50000)
  • 294 ~ CNS Gressoney (1: 50000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Monte Rosa, G.Buscaini ~ CAI-TCI (ISBN 1991)
  • Camminaitalia, Carnovalini, Corbellini, Valsesia ~ Le guide di Airone, Mondadori (ISBN 1995)

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  • FX - 2023-09-27
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  • FX - 2023-09-27
    Itinéraire réalisé de Riale (D1) à MontCenis (D34) du 19/08 au 12/09/23.
    Une belle journée de montée/descente.
    D'abord une superbe montée jusqu'au Col de Termo (1000m D+) pour redescente vers le magnifique village de Rima (900m D-), prenez le temps de vous perdre dans ses ruelles et d'admirer les chalets Walser. Outre le musée d'un célèbre sculpteur italien, Rima est particulièrement renommée pour son Laboratorio de Faux marbre.
    Vous y trouverez un bar (Wifi) + hébergements, et il semble possible de bivouaquer discrètement sur l'aire de jeux à l'entrée du village (demandez l'autorisation).
    On remonte ensuite au Col de Mud (900m D+) avec une vue incroyable.
    Le Rifugio Ferioli n'est pas très loin. Tenus par des bénévoles, accueil très sympa : pour ceux qui ont de la nourriture, vous pouvez ne demander que la nuitée + douche sans repas.
  • JeanCat - 2022-11-02
    A Rima, un lieu pour manger et dormir hors du temps au 1er étage d'une grande bâtisse (face à la cascade) où la propriétaire a gardé 4 chambres de ce qui fût un grand hôtel au siècle dernier.
  • Michelle - 2016-08-07
    Nice for lunch during a day-hike from Carcoforo, or for an alternate place to stay Rifugio Massero is 1000 meters above Carcoforo on the edge of the Valsesia Natural Park. The food is good and the people are friendly. Information on their website at

    For an even greater adventure, you can hike from Rifugio Massero over the mountain to Rifugio Valle, also in the Park, but now you are truly departing from the Via Alpina! And it is a challenging hike, over many boulders and sometimes with snow. Rifugio Valle is operated by a family with cows, sheep and goats; excellent cooks, very comfortable beds and a wonderful shower. More information here
  • Andreas - 2015-08-02
    Sehr tolle, wenn teils auch anstrengende Wanderung über den Colle del Termo nach Rima. Wem der nächste Aufstieg zum Rifugio Ferioli zuviel ist, kann entweder in Rima in der Alpe Brusa oder besser im Posto Tappa Grillo Brillo übernachten. Wer hier übernachtet hat, kann am nächsten Tag über den Colle Mud direkt nach Alagna wandern. Das Rifugio Ferioli hatte in der Woche geschlossen, aber einen akzeptablen Winterraum (4 Betten) und eine tolle Terrasse mit schöner Aussicht. Hier kann man in den Abendstunden auch Steinböcke beobachten.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Very great, if sometimes also strenuous hike on the Colle del Termo by Rima. Who the next ascent to Rifugio Ferioli is too much, can either stay in Rima in the Alpe Brusa or better in Posto Tappa Grillo Brillo. Who has stayed here, can go directly to Alagna the next day over the Colle Mud. The Rifugio Ferioli had closed during the week, but an acceptable winter room (4 beds) and a great terrace with beautiful views. Here you can watch in the evenings and ibex.
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-10-25
    In Rima, "Camere Tagliaferro" is a stately mountain hotel run by the same family since the early 1900s. Wide-plank floors and super comfortable beds make this the 'luxury' alternative to the Posto Tappa in Rima. 65 euros with dinner in 2012. Only four rooms available. +39 333 888 5924
  • M.Keller - 2010-08-21
    Rima : Pour la réservation du Posto tappa, il faut téléphoner au restaurant “Grillo Brillo”

    (tel: 01840250029)

    Les coordonnées sur le site VA sont inexactes.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Rima: For booking Posto tappa, you must call the restaurant "Grillo Brillo" (Tel: 01840250029) The coordinates of the site are inaccurate VA.
Last update : 2021-09-27