Monte Orsiera

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Monte Orsiera
Orsiera dal pelvo.jpg
The mountain seen from Monte Pelvo (2,773 m)
Highest point
Elevation 2,890 m (9,480 ft) [1]
Prominence 855 m (2,805 ft) [1][2]
Listing Alpine mountains 2500-2999 m
Coordinates 45°03′53″N 07°06′24″E / 45.06472°N 7.10667°E / 45.06472; 7.10667Coordinates: 45°03′53″N 07°06′24″E / 45.06472°N 7.10667°E / 45.06472; 7.10667
Monte Orsiera is located in Alps
Monte Orsiera
Monte Orsiera
Location in the Alps
Location Piedmont, Italy
Parent range Cottian Alps
Easiest route South-East slopes from Rifugio Selleries

Monte Orsiera is a mountain in the Cottian Alps belonging to the Province of Turin (Italy).


The English translation of Monte Orsiera can be Mountain of the bears, an animal which in Piedmont became extinct between the end of 18th century and the beginning of 19th century.[3]


Mount Orsiera is the highest mountain of the long ridge which, starting from Sestriere, divides the Susa Valley from the Chisone valley.

SOIUSA classification[edit]

According to SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain can be classified in the following way:[4]

  • main part = Western Alps
  • major sector = North Western Alps
  • section = Cottian Alps
  • subsection = Alpi del Monginevro
  • supergroup = Catena Bucie-Grand Queyron-Orsiera
  • group = Gruppo dell'Orsiera
  • subgroup = Costiera Orsiera-Rocciavrè
  • code = I/A-4.II-A.3.b

Nature conservation[edit]

The mountain and its surrounding area are included in a regional nature park called Parco naturale Orsiera - Rocciavrè, which also is the SIC (Site of Community Importance) of code IT1110006.[5]


  1. ^ a b Istituto Geografico Centrale - Carta dei sentieri e dei rifugi scala 1:50.000 n. 1 Valli di Susa Chisone e Germanasca
  2. ^ key col: Sestriere (2,035  m)
  3. ^ Mauro, Canziani. Grandi carnivori e spazio alpino (PDF) (in Italian). Federazione Nazionale Pro Natura. p. 31. 
  4. ^ Marazzi, Sergio (2005). Atlante Orografico delle Alpi. SOIUSA (in Italian). Priuli & Verlucca. ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8. 
  5. ^ Siti di Importanza Comunitaria (SIC), Regione Piemonte, list on (accessed in September 2011)


External links[edit]

  • Monte Orsiera punta nord: 360° panoramic image from the summit on