The refuge is open
At the Galaberna refuge we try to create the right atmosphere for you to relax in thanks to a friendly environment and a warm mountain cottage made from wood and local stone. The cuisine is typical of the mountainside and of the Occitan valleys so that you can discover the many natural characteristics of the surrounding area at the feet of mount Monviso while sat at the table.
If you enjoyed the feeling of climbing and you think you can push yourselves farther, try your hand at the adventure park where you can get a view of the woods from above on suspended bridges and pulleys. All of this under strict safety and the watchful eye of our guides.
The Monviso Gate
This isn’t just a tourist office and neither it is a mere shop. At the Monviso Gate not only you will find the best local products, but also books, beauty products and a few quirky souvenirs. You can pop in for advice on your excursions or to connect wifi.
Set within the ancient town hall, the museum recreates the key moments of mountain lifestyle as it once used to be, drawing examples from the school, the hemp herding and cereal cultivation. Numerous are the reports about local history which are detailed with the description of the typical clothing and the statuses of 1425.
The Enchanted Wood
Within five-minute walking distance from the refuge, in hamlet Marchetti, you will find the enchanted woods, a nature trail made up of seven oasis. The botanic garden, together with the ancient elm logs and the permaculture vegetable gardener among few of the sceneries in this pathway to wellbeing and meditation.
The ancient mountain roads, once access to pastures, caves and villages are today the perfect place for your mountain bike trips. The Po Valley offers a bit of everything, from the steepest slopes to more relaxing balcony paths under the watchful eye of our beloved Monviso.
“Rio Martino” Grotto
Did you know that a rare coleoptera species lives a few steps away from us? It is the Barbastello bat living in Rio Martino Grotto within the Crissolo council. The location is classified as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and it can be visited for free every year from the 1st of April to the 3rd of October. Great for both speleology enthusiasts and the just curious.
and ski mountaineering
In winter the discovery of our places, surrounded by the snow, can offer surprises and unexpected landscapes. You can travel through the streets of Ostana or enjoy the many other trails ideal for snowshoeing or ski mountaineering.
From the most relaxing walks to proper alpine routes, Ostana and the high Po valley offer all sorts of excursions, starting from 1280m. by the main town to 3841m by mount Monviso. Our local peak is evidently Ostanetta at 2368m, reachable within a couple of walking hours.
HOW TO GET TO OSTANA
Closer Airports: Turin Caselle and Cuneo- Levaldigi;
By car: a) A6 Torino-Savona, exit Marene, continue on SS 662 up to Savigliano and then Saluzzo. Continue to Revello, Sanfront, Paesana, Ostana. b) A55 Torino-Pinerolo. From Pinerolo continue to Bricherasio, Bagnolo Piemonte, Barge, Paesana, Ostana.
By train: from Railway Station Turin Porta Nuova to Railway Station Saluzzo changing in Savigliano, continue by bus to Paesana and then to Ostana (Località Bivio at 1500 m. from the village center).
Distances: Turin 75 km, Cuneo 68 km, Pinerolo 40 km, Saluzzo Km 33
The refuge is open all year round at the following times
December- April: closed on Tuesday and on Wednesday
May-November: closed on Tuesday
July and August: always open
June, July and August
and CLIMBING WALL
Saturday 14:30 to 18:30
Sunday and holidays 10.30- 18:30
Every day from 9:00 to 22:00 on reservation