We start off along the gravel road pointing towards Tête Dure but leave it immediately to take a track marked by stones veering to the right. The trail quickly becomes an earth track and begins to climb distinctly, remaining above the Oronaye torrent flowing tortuously below. The track continues to snake over the southern slopes of the streamlined Bec du Lièvre (2770 m), passing close to a “cabane”, a small refuge for mountain herdsmen.
Moving higher into the valley, the jagged peaks of the Oronaye massif appear in the distance and then the outline of the majestic mountain of the same name, a huge rocky mass surrounded by rocky scree.
On reaching a crossroads, the Oronaye valley turns distinctly to the right. Proceeding in this direction, we remain under the slopes of the Crête des Blaves.
We proceed over a fairly long stretch before reaching the enchanting Lac de Oronaye (2411 m), at the feet of the scree descending from Monte della Signora.
Remember to look back to enjoy the scenic view towards Bec du Lièvre.
Do not go down to the shores of the lake but leave it on the right and follow a diagonal traverse deviating slightly to the left. Further on, we pass by the variant leading to Colle Feuillas and Mount Vanclava and proceed across green meadows where marmots reign supreme.
We then quickly reach Colle di Roburent (2496 m), after which we return to Italian territory.
The majestic views in front of us embrace the opposite side of the Stura valley, still part of the Maritime Alps. Yet our attention is catalysed by Lago Superiore di Roburent (2428 m), lying just below us with its characteristic horseshoe shape with a promontory wedged inside it, dotted with ancient stone snow cave bivouacs arranged in a geometric pattern. The end of the lake is surrounded by imposing and hugely scenic rocky spires.
After a well-deserved break on the shores of one of the finest lakes in the Cuneo Alps, we retrace our footsteps along the outward journey.